The Wallace Foundation just published a report by Kylie Peppler (an education professor at Indiana University) called New Opportunities for Interest-Driven Arts Learning in a Digital Age. Here’s a blog post that summarizes and pulls a few interesting facts (it especially jumped out at us that two-thirds of teenagers who spend time online create and post original material), and here’s the full report.
Peppler’s report points out that while lots of school districts are cutting funding for arts education, teens spend huge amounts of time consuming and creating art-stuff online. The report describes this time as “interest-drive arts learning” - as a kind of education; and it suggests that adults should encourage (and learn from) these activities, as well as use them as a “doorway in” to interest students in school-day arts education.
What do you think? Are smart phones, social media, and other technologies an opportunity for arts education, or a challenge for teachers? How can tools like that be used in the classroom? Have you taught any lessons that involved new media arts?