Digital technology: The modern medium for the art classroom

Linda Sue Al-Hanna, University of Texas at El Paso


Digital technology is an important tool teachers can utilize in the art classroom for the purposes of instruction, lesson planning and student interaction. The computer has been around for many years, and has been a key factor in globalization in the educational setting. More and more students are connecting with others around the world and learning with the computer in more diverse ways than ever. Digital art has been quickly expanding since 'Sketchpad' was developed in the late 1960's by Ivan Sutherland. Students today have been born into a digital world and it has become imperative that teachers make the most out of any and all types of available technology. Today art students can observe a procedure for a lesson given by a teacher from products such as a smart board, document camera, In-Focus, ELMO, i-Pad, and many other technologically advanced devices. Students are learning in ways that go far beyond the traditional. Research has proven computers and technology in the classroom positively benefit student learning. Analysis conducted by educators, professionals and theorists addressed in this paper will reveal both the pros and cons for the implementation of digital technology in the visual arts classroom. Data will reveal results from the various cited research and studies conducted by these professionals on the subject. The history, advances, and implementations of digital technology for the art classroom will be thoroughly documented and discussed.

Subject Area

Art education|Educational technology

Recommended Citation

Al-Hanna, Linda Sue, "Digital technology: The modern medium for the art classroom" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1551214.