Our students can achieve higher goals by applying creativity, critical thinking and problem solving into their work. Training in the arts helps to develop attention span and intelligence through motivation and creativity and can be applied across many discipline areas. Technology provides excellent art making tools for personal statements, responses to issues regarding visual culture and reflections on environment as art form subject matter.
Teachers can further their lessons by choosing topics and lessons that are related to student’s lives and culture. A huge variety of approaches to art education can be applied through technology. It may be for documentation, research, printing, web design, photo manipulation, movie production, and all of the above in a well equipped art room.
Students must be prepared for adult and professional life. By exposing them to these tools, we can be effective and instrumental role models for our children. My classroom will be one that encourages aesthetics but also requires the art making is meaningful. Our world has changed dramatically in the last 30 years due to technology; we must embrace new mediums in relation to art making to stay current and connected with society.
Willaim Glasser Smart Board Presentation, GVSU, GTC Program September 2012, Grand Rapids, MI
This presentation was created in conjunction with an educational theory assignment. Our group chose Glasser's Choice Theory to research and develop into a project.
NPR's This American Life podcast, "Back to School", September 2012
Topic: Students at risk in the Chicago public schools. What is being done?
NPR's Weekend Edition podcast, "Amoury Show that shocked America in 1913, celebrates 100"
Web Resource Summary for Art Teachers
Landscape Art internet sources for the classroom
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