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Technology and Visual Arts

Sep 4, 2013 2:45am

I am wanting to learn how to blend the common core standards and technology/visual arts. I do not teach them at the same time,

  • Technology / Arts
  • Pre K-5
  • Common Core / Planning

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  • Sep 4, 2013 7:25am

    Hi Susan,
    You are spot on in wanting to blend the two! You may want to begin reading the Key Design Considerations in the CCSS Introduction. This frames how/why technology is integrated into the standards. "To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section." (p. 4)

    As you read through the standards, you'll notice where technology is woven in, as well as the importance of exposing students to multi-media sources of information.

    A colleague recently shared this clip of a panel discussion, which includes one of the lead architects of the CCSS, describing the fit of the arts with the CCSS. This could also be useful as you continue to think about integrating CCSS and the arts. (One of our favorite excerpts begins at min 44:20, but you might find much of it worthwhile!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0lXUj3JKT0