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Instructor: Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts is an adjunct instructor in English, film/media studies and interdisciplinary studies.

Discover ways to use technology to engage the creative mind. Learn how to apply technology tools for arts instruction. Explore the practical challenges and benefits of technology integration.

Technology Integration

The role of technology in society has changed immensely in the past decade. Young people are now more adept than ever at using new technologies. 78% of teens own a cell phone, and one in four have a laptop, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. This trend is still increasing.

The goal of technology integration is to enhance productivity and creative engagement. When used properly, technology can enhance productivity and engage a student's creativity. When used haphazardly, it can be distracting and lead to busy work.

In this lesson, we'll look at several strategies geared at the successful integration of technology, creative tools, and software to enhance arts instruction. Along the way, keep in mind that there's nothing wrong with going low-tech. Judge your own level of comfort, whether you're navigating software, designing visual aids with computer tools, or using collaborative online platforms.

Technology Based Enhancement

Let's look at some strategies to integrate technology tools into arts classrooms. Imagine you're teaching a college-level music class. To better engage your digital generation students, consider framing a lesson around using iTunes. Have students create an iTunes playlist of their ten favorite songs. As an ice breaker or pair share exercise, students get to know their classmates through their musical tastes at the same time as getting exposure to music that will probably be unfamiliar to them. This will give students the opportunity to learn how to articulate their music tastes.

A high school drama teacher should consider using productivity apps, which are apps designed to save you time, enhance communication, and facilitate online collaboration. Several tools from Google can help him or her coordinate cast and crew. Google polls can be effectively applied to find the best practice times. Google Calendar and Google Docs are also great collaboration tools that can help your company of actors stay up to date on scheduling, event dates, and script changes.

Technology can also be integrated into primary and middle school classrooms. As primary schools are quickly catching on to the digital revolution, many classrooms are now equipped with iPads. This would allow a primary school arts teacher to use drawing apps on the iPad. Have students practice their drawing skills and demonstrate their progress to you using screencasting apps like Explain Everything. While drawing apps are great to express creativity, screencast apps can be used to create video of the drawing in progress. Students can even narrate their drawing, and then save the video for you to review at a later time.

Finding Resources

Educational institutions often employ instructional support specialists. Technology Integration is a new specialty that focuses on tools and strategies to enhance engagement, creativity, collaboration, and productivity in the classroom. Instructional support specialists such as this act as resources for classroom support and instruction. While the availability of instructional resources differs from district to district and school to school, you may have a technology integration specialist on staff at your institution and not know it. They can also be called technology coordinators, technology support specialists, instructional technology coordinators, curriculum technology partners, or educational technologists. Here are a few steps you can take to get on the path toward integrating technology into your arts instruction.

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