This week, I found a blog by the Digital Arts Technology Academy (DATA) called the Di Blog http://www.data-di.us/ (Di stands for Digital Imaging). DATA provides students with a variety of visual arts projects using digital technology (digital photography, Photoshop, web media, 2D/3D graphics, and animation). What I find most intriguing about DATA are the Di Challenges . Di Challenges use Challenge Based Learning (CBL), which encourages students to use everyday technology to solve real-world problems. These types of projects allow students to think globally and work together efficiently.
Here is a video from the DATA wiki showing examples of Di Challenges:
In my future classroom, even if we don't get the chance to participate in such widely collaborative projects, we could still think and learn about important global and social issues through digital art. For example, students could design posters or T-shirts or animate public service announcements (on bullying, drug-use, etc.) that could simply be shown around their school. Even small efforts lead to big impacts.