Thursday, April 9, 2015

Art Classroom and Technology

Advantages of Integrating Technology

There are a significant amount of advantages to allowing and integrating technology into an art classroom. Technology, “has provided tools, materials, and processes that aided artists creative expression” (Roblyer & Doering, 2013). For instance having access to computers and the internet for research is invaluable to have easily and quickly, instead of having to plan a library research day. They can research projects or artists’ work instantly. Technology has also made the documentation and sharing of artists’ work so much easier. “Artists’ books can be created and printed using desktop publishing and color inkjet printers,” (Roblyer & Doering, 2013). Technology I believe is to be viewed as another tool in an artists’ toolbox. It’s like Tracy Hare says, “An art classroom can be an enhanced atmosphere of deepened critical thinking, authentic collaboration and communication, intense creativity and uninhibited curiosity through the addition of digital resources and technology.” (Hare, T.).

Disadvantages of Integrating Technology

There has been some hesitation from the art community for a number of reasons on using technology in a art classroom. For one funding for the arts has been a back an forth struggle for many years. The funding for arts technology is no different than any funding for the arts, “for example, production of graphics is a popular art activity, but the cost of expensive ink for printers and specialized paper supplies,” can be a problem for any art budget (Roblyer & Doering, 2013). Verbal communication and critique of their own work and others work is an important part of an art classroom. Technology can be too much “screen time” and discourage face to face contact, some educators believe. Students “need to be able to effectively express themselves and connect with others.” (Lederer, K.).

Specific Activities, Programs, Etc.

Using the internet, students can access online galleries and exhibitions to see current work and explore new up and coming artists. This constant stream of inspiration will be  great tool for my art classroom. Having access to software like Photoshop or other editing software for photography would aid students to enhance and edit their work. (Roblyer & Doering, 2013). I also have already used the online website Pinterest to find ideas for future lesson plans and also for inspiration in general for art projects. These are just a few of the many ways you can integrate technology activities in a classroom.

Hare, T. (n.d.). What is the Perfect Balance of Technology in the Art Room? Retrieved April 10, 2015, from

Lederer, K. (n.d.). Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Classroom -- Campus Technology. Retrieved April 10, 2015, from

Roblyer, M.D., and Aaron H. Doering. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. 6th ed. Boston: Pearson. 2013. Print.