Obstacles and Solutions

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.

For example, most schools do not have the budget to travel to the Louvre or Museum of Modern Art, but through web tools like the Google Art Project, students can get up close to famous paintings any hour of the day. Additionally, students can use free tools like GIMP to create art work and use tools like Google Experiments to make music with classmates in and out of the classroom. These tools provide new levels of interaction that inspire learning and help create deep levels of interest in the subject of music and art.

Resources

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013).Integrating educational technology into teaching (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon Publishers.

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One thought on “Obstacles and Solutions

  1. I am so excited about all the different apps that have emerged focusing on art and creativity. I know in my school system art is all but extinct due to budget cuts, so it is nice to see it come back into students’ lives through technology of all places.

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