ERIC Number: EJ781817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Technology as Arts-Based Education: Does the Desktop Reflect the Arts?
Arts Education Policy Review, v107 n5 p3-9 May-Jun 2006
Since the dawn of time, human imagination has resulted in creating extensions of self (that is, tools) as a means to overcome obstacles produced by genetic limits. Whether the tool extends thought or sense; whether the tool is organic, such as language, or inorganic; and whether electronic, digital, or analog, the artist plies the science or system of any medium to achieve expression. Technology education, with its focus on information and communications (ICT), is akin to architecture that is focused solely on the design of joints, beams, and trusses. In an arts-infused new media context, it is the sensibility of the arts educator whose careful design engages artistic endeavor. Creative, artistic applications of new learning and teaching technologies may hold the future of "content" development in all forms of new media. New technologies draw on both artistic and scientific knowledge, each contributing to the other's design. Irrespective of the tools to be employed, the arts provoke thought and forever transform participants by making meaningful connections. In short, that content forms the cultural identity of individuals, societies, organizations, and nations in the global village. The focus of this article is to provide a formative, critical analysis of the role of the arts in technology and technology education and extend the rationale for arts-based technology education.
Descriptors: Technology Education, Music, Visual Arts, Figurative Language, Music Activities, Art Activities, Art Appreciation, Information Technology
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