After a very successful #whatisschool chat last week on technology integration into The Arts Curriculum Jilian (my co-host for that chat) put together information from people’s tweets and this article is packed full of information from the chat which relates to integrating in The Arts. Enjoy 🙂
I found this twitter post to highlight and summarize much of the thinking posted on the chat The Arts – Integration, Curiosity, Creativity and Technology hosted by #whatisschool on February 25th, 2016:
It got me thinking more about Integration and The Arts in 21st Century, or Modern Learning.
My notion is that most people assume that the conversation is about fitting “the Arts” into other curriculum subjects, like Math, History, Physical Education, etc. when we talk about Arts Integration.
I wonder, in fact, if many of us are thinking about it from the other way around?
For example, I find it challenging to accept “writing a rap about parts of the plant” to justify “teaching music”. However, I do understand that a “student” and “teacher” (you can infer any person in either of these roles) working through the Creative Process to create innovative and engaging learning, becomes a truly different conversation about teaching and learning in/through/about The Arts.
A teacher’s pedagogical skill is the driver to create opportunities to engage students in new subject specific knowledge. Can the student communicate their understanding of the parts of a plant, by composing a rhythmic pattern using standard musical notation to for the chorus? Now, we’re talking about music curriculum.
I think we can have the best of both worlds. The Arts, for Arts sake, and The Processes of The Arts to enhance communication of thoughts and feelings.
Layer in the right tech tool, at the right time, in the right hands and that learning becomes communal property – to be shared, critiqued, and iterated.