Janice is a Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute, with a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. Her research focuses on Aztec picture-writing. She finds that this ancient, picture-based practice of writing has been silenced by generations of print-oriented studies, and that parallels with present-day electronic literacy have the power to unsilence it. Multi-channeled forms of electronic technology, such as VoiceThread, can be equally productive in the classroom: unsilencing students and unleashing their creativity. A VoiceThread Pilot Project, funded by a Faculty Development Grant from FIT's Teaching Institute (2009-2010) turned this into a reality.
"Look, Listen, Speak, Text, Link, Draw: VoiceThread Changes the Balance of Power," a talk delivered at the 2011 College Art Association Conference (NYC), is available on VoiceThread and open to comments. Here is a link: