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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.
By Edutopia
Edutopia Team

Linking Arts and Core Curriculum

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Arts as Enrichment

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Art and Technology

  • Computers and Fabrication: Revolutionizing the Art World, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz opens our eyes to the evolving world of art and how creativity, now more than ever, holds an important place in our children's education.

  • Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs, by Jonathan Olsen (2013)

    History teacher, curriculum coordinator, and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.

  • National Poetry Month: Poetry and Technology, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)

    Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz helps us celebrate National Poetry Month with some of her favorite technology tools.

  • Digital Poetry, by Terry Heick (2012)

    Blogger Terry Heick opens our eyes to the directions in which poetry is expanding on the digital frontier.

  • Why Digital Writing Matters in Education, by Jeff Grabill (2012)

    Professor, researcher, and ed tech developer Jeff Grabill explains that, while writing is no longer exclusively about setting pen to paper, learning to write well is an increasingly important digital age skill.

  • Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners, by Larry Ferlazzo, Katie Hull Sypnieski (2012)

    Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. The blog explains critical pedagogy as well as how to use technology to dub new audio into existing video.

  • Animating Dreams: The ACME Animation Program, by Edutopia Staff (2006)

    This video follows several high school students who draw on the expertise of professional cartoonists through an online mentorship program.

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From STEM to STEAM

  • PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit, by Andrew Miller (2014)

    Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st-century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.

  • STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Strong Economy, by John Maeda (2012)

    John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum - and turning STEM into STEAM.

  • Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through "Making", by AnnMarie Thomas (2012)

    The executive director of the Maker Education Initiative and former engineering professor and describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.

  • Humanities in the Twenty-First Century, by Bill Smoot (2011)

    The humanities teach students critical thinking and historical perspective, two crucial skills for success in our ever-accelerating future.

  • Connecting STEM and Arts (TEAMS) to Spur U.S. Innovation, by Jim Brazell (2010)

    Guest blogger Jim Brazell writes about the need for the arts in STEM subjects -- or TEAMS, a variant of STEAM -- in this five-part series.

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Other Resources from Edutopia

  • Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration, by Doug Keely (2012)

    Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best, by Fran Smith (2009)

    In this article, Fran Smith discusses the importance of the art and music for student development, the connection between arts education and academic achievement, and efforts to revive arts education in schools.

  • Art in Schools Inspires Tomorrow's Creative Thinkers, by Jeffrey T. Schnapp (2009)

    Jeffrey T. Schnapp, director of the Stanford Humanities Lab at Stanford University, discusses art's role in fostering ingenuity, innovation, creativity, and flexible and imaginative thinking.

  • Arts Integration in Edutopia's Community

    Edutopia's community is a great source for additional resources and inspiration related to teaching the arts and arts integration.

  • Arts Integration on Pinterest

    Visit Edutopia's pinterest board for useful resources and ideas on how you can integrate the arts into the classroom.

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Originally Published April 16, 2013

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