It doesn’t surprise me that “internet savviness did not translate into knowing how to navigate through and understand Internet art”. Internet art is not always very inviting. By it’s very nature it can be confusing in that the user doesn’t always know how to navigate through it – even if you are versed in art criticism and have been exposed to Internet art previously. Internet art tends to require a lot of interaction and engagement on the viewers part and not everyone is willing to put in the effort to try to understand it. Art in general is subjective and Internet art will not necessarily appeal to all.
That said, I do think Internet art is a great topic to bring up during a lesson about designing web pages. Internet art tends to defy all conventions of web design and it’s important for students to be introduced to alternative design possibilities before getting stuck following web design conventions.