Technology and art are getting together in the classroom. Can the creative arts successfully coexist – and even thrive – alongside technology oriented subject matter in the K-12 grade levels? Education and arts commentator Christine Allen answers that question with an emphatic “yes”:
Ms. Allen contends that the introduction of artistic learning offers a net benefit among the entirety of the K-12 learning spectrum, especially in regards to maintaining focus and interest on the subject matter at hand.
How Do the Arts Influence the Process of Education?
Allen, who has previously published and edited scholarly work at the University of Chicago , views educational artistic tools as a means to not only inspire students, but also inspire those who teach such students. She argues that study of the arts enables educators to maintain the attention of their students, while at the same time igniting the creative potential of those students.
However, Ms. Allen is not arguing that educators form established lesson plans, but rather integrate artistic study into the existing lesson plan goals. This dual benefit not only improving student cognition, but also clarifying & identifying educator/student goals and the lesson path to achieve those goals.
Art helps capture and engage students in different kinds of activities. Introducing a variety of activities into one lesson is another approach to adding creativity to the studying process. Studies have shown that implementing art in the process of education increases students’ self-esteem, confidence, and desire for self-education.
For more about technology and art in the classroom, read the original article here:
Combining Technology in the Classroom, Art in 1 Lesson