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Chapter 10 Reading

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In this reading, one activity that I found really interesting was the Burning Secrets lesson plan. This lesson plan includes making origami boxes (but encouragement for making your own too), learning what conceptual art is and how to apply it to their own artwork, and participating in a conceptual art experience. I thought this lesson plan was especially unique because of the conceptual art involvement. I think that one thing in art that some have problems with is making a conceptual art piece, and this lesson plan is great for explaining what it actually is and how to incorporate it into their own artwork. It also talks about doing installations with the boxes, which I think is a great way for students to think about how they could use the environment around them for their art. All in all I think this is a great activity and I hope to use it for inspiration for my own lesson plans.

Brainstorming:
One thing that I've seen before is PostSecret.com, which is just a blog that has pages and pages of hand made postcards with people's secrets on them. They send them in anonymously, and the author of the blog puts about 20 or so up each Sunday. He also makes books with pages full of the postcards. It could be interesting for students to digitally make their own postcard secrets, and print them out and send them in.

The Art Education 2.0 Manifesto

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Today while searching for interesting topics within Art Education, I stumbled upon The Art Education 2.0 Manifesto from the blog Art Junction.
The Art Education 2.0 Manifesto was written by Craig Roland in March of 2009. What this manifesto was about is why we should integrate technology into the art program of today's students. It states that the World Wide Web is not just a place for resources anymore, but more of a tool for sharing, creating, collaborating, and communicating content and ideas. He states that "[Art educators should] recognize that it's a way to connect to students. Today's youth has contemporary media rooted in their everyday lives" (Roland, 2009).
Today's youth is surrounded by new technology, and with that comes the skill of digital media literacy. Through art education, one can use digital and online tools, and with that the goal is to have the students successfully understand various media technologies. While using those technologies, the student should be able to create, communicate, and distribute an idea. With more practice with the digital and online tools, one will work on their digital media literacy and be able to "analyze, interpret, and evaluate other's messages" (Roland).
While Roland states many advantages to including digital technology, he also discusses some draw backs (or even false assumptions) of digital media. Sometimes the students can think "glitz over substance, speed over sustained effort, and entertainment over critical reflection" (Roland). These are not the ideals that should be taught, but rather help students "sustain and celebrate their humanness in a highly technological world" (Roland). We as art educators want to install ideas such as: "the willingness to take a chance, challenge convention, explore the unknown, to desire to work honestly, the ability to appraise and defend what is personally and socially important". I think that these ideals are exactly what should be taught through art education, the students should learn to think individually and explore their creativity through different mediums. I think it's important to foster their creativity, ideas, and openness to try new things.
Within the manifesto Roland also distinguishes 10 guidelines. The guidelines discuss a variety of different topics such as: thinking of the World Wide Web as not just as resources but a tool for digital literacy, to focus on the outcome and not the tools, recognize the pro's and con's of new and traditional mediums and see what is best for the desired outcome, use free and open-source software and tools, and encourage personal expression, collaboration, and community.
This manifesto I think is a great thing for all art educators to read. It really gives us a guide to go off of for digital technology, and what can actually be taught with it (like digital media literacy and fine art). Roland seems like he is very passionate about his work as an art educator and he has a wide sense of what can be used a tools within the classroom. I hope to be able to take some ideas from here and keep them in mind for when I am creating lesson plans in the future.

Here is the direct link to the Manifesto:

http://www.artjunction.org/archives/manifesto.pdf

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