While I’m not an instructor at the moment, I thought about which school subject might face the most amount of challenge in integrating educational technology. At first glance, it may seem that art and music instruction would be easy topics to incorporate technology. However, because these art forms have been around for hundreds of years, there is resistance to change the way students learn about these “well-grounded” topics. Many of these lessons are hands-on and instructors worry that machines cannot replace human instruction. Nevertheless, “there are three broad concepts that are important to the creation of media art. These concepts include active engagement; a personal connection to the task to inspire learning; and the development of arts that brings value to their community” (Roblyer and Doering). These three concepts can be met and enhanced through the use of technology integration.
Imagine a lesson on photography with no photos, no adds on experimentation and no visuals. Could you learn something about photography with a lesson like that? Sure. Would it be meaningful and memorable? Probably not. The above analogy provides a comparison for the difference between lesson without rich media and those with them. Students can certainly learn from these lessons, but content comes to life in a whole new way when they get to experience them for themselves.