Instructional Strategies

Technology

Technology provides the world with a set of powerful tools for thinking, working, and communicating. Synthesizers, drum machines, electronic instruments, and a range of recording and editing equipment can be used to compose everything from popular dance music to esoteric sound art. Technology is not the heart of fine arts education, nor are these ideas on using technology to teach the fine arts intended to direct learning. However, new technologies can support learning of the TEKS, as well as offering students the opportunity to learn new technological tools.

The introduction of technology into the classroom must be well planned, organized, and carried out comprehensively. If you are uncertain about what technology is available in your school or district, ask the school administration about your options. If technology is not an emphasis in your school or district, consider developing and implementing a new technology plan with administrators, specialists, and faculty.

The following ideas are for teachers in the process of implementing technology in fine arts programs. These thoughts and strategies are not exhaustive; they are intended to incite ideas for using technology in the fine arts.

Technology supports traditional learning goals by:

Technology provides new learning tools in the fine arts:

Steps for Integrating Technology into Fine Arts Education

Schools must develop comprehensive plans for integrating technology into their curricula. An effective plan is based on the shared vision of teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and technology experts. Technology should strengthen a district's curricula, provide new strategies for teaching the TEKS, and engage students in meaningful learning.

When a technology plan is in place, teachers might consider the following strategies for making the most of these learning tools. If a plan is not yet in place, many of these strategies can prepare teachers and students for future use of technology.