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:
- Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
- 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.
- Customize and personalize learning activities to address students’ diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
- 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 [http://www.artbabble.org/]. 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/03/7-good-resources-for-art-teachers-and.html