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Keywords: Inquiry, Project-based learning, ISTE standard, Art, Creativity

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Tim Needles - STEAM POWER


  • Q1 What is inquiry and project-based learning?  Why would this be a useful method of art education?  Is this a constructionist approach?

  • Inquiry and project-based learning involves students actively exploring real-world problems and challenges, which helps them gain knowledge and skills. In art education, it encourages creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving, as students are given the freedom to investigate and respond to an art concept, theme, or problem in their unique way. This method is indeed a constructionist approach as it believes learning occurs best when learners are active participants in constructing their understanding, rather than passive recipients of information. With project-based learning, students construct their knowledge and understanding through the creation of tangible artworks.

  • Q2 Please look up the ISTE Standards

  • The ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standard for Designers includes: Analyze and interpret data to inform design. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning. Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning. Develop, test and refine prototypes to match learners’ needs and to maximize the learning experience. Explore and apply methods for effective use of technology to maximize student learning. Exhibit the attributes of a learner-driven leader.

  • Q3 What do you think of Needles' definition of art and creativity?  What is yours?

  • In the article, the essential definition of art includes creative expression and communication. Art’s definition is constantly evolving and expanding but it’s always tie to feelings. Creativity means bringing a new, unique approach to making or solving problems. I believe art is ways of thinking, doing and making things. It includes art making but art itself has much broader meanings. Creativity means unconventional approaches of doing anything including a new way of doing familiar things or a fresh way of making a brand new subject matter.

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