ISTE 2: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments 

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S. Teachers: 

  1. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity. 
  2. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress. 
  3. Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources. 
  4. Provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching

This week, I connected most with the term authentic learning and pursuing individual curiosities. In the art classroom, I firmly believe that when students feel passionate about what they are making or researching, they will enjoy the learning experience most. During my research. I came across a website called Art Babble []. This website provides students and teachers with the resource of videos and explanations ranging from artist biographies, time periods, materials used, and how to create art pieces using different techniques. As a teacher, I think that allowing students to pick things they are interested will make the class one that is more beneficial to their learning. When students are assigned very specific projects, often many of the students are not inspired. I think that by letting students pick a topic they want to focus on or research can allow for this authentic learning to occur. 

As a budding teacher, it is my hope that I will be able to use this resource in my classroom to better explain art history or artists. In my research question, I wanted to discover what resources I could use to better get an authentic learning experience. Art Babble is one that i think will be very useful. In addition to these, I found an articles suggesting several other sources for art teachers and students. For those interested, this can be found at

3 thoughts on “ISTE 2

  1. Carlene, Authentic learning is definitely a topic that lends itself to arts education. I think that as a form of expression it is difficult to create non-authentic art either consciously or subconsciously some quality of the creator leaks into the work. I feel similarly about literature.
    Thanks for your post!

  2. Hi Carly,
    Thanks for sharing about; it seems to be a really useful resource. I’ve been wrestling with some of the ideas you referenced in your post. Today, I surveyed my students to evaluate what projects they’ve enjoyed most and least over the year so far. What I found was that they really wanted to pick their groups and most of them enjoyed open-ended projects in which they had more creative input. Unfortunately, both of things tended to make their work worse! Self-selected groups tended to be distracted, while open-ended projects tended to drag on for weeks with little productivity. I want to be able to cut them loose on authentic projects that engage resources like the one you mentioned, but I’m definitely witnessing some corresponding difficulties to overcome. Have you been able to successfully use some of these authentic learning concepts in your classroom?

  3. Hi Carly! I enjoyed the way you connected the ISTE standard this week with your future as an art teacher. I agree with you that in art particularly, allowing students to pursue their personal curiosities is very important. However, it is also important to teach them material that is important to their education. It sounds like ArtBabble is a great resource for that, because it allows students to explore what interests them, while still staying within the bounds of what is important in the art world. Thanks for sharing!

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