The arts can transcend trauma, color, education. National Endowment Arts leaders say the NEA budget is not extracurricular or extraneous. It is essential. Job creation is a prime goal of presidential leaders. Building 21st century job skills is essential for our future economy. 50% of jobs are predicated to be automated by 2032, kids must learn to control computing devices. Technology is about solving problems with limited resources. With limited funding and time, combining computer science skills and art education can save both time and money. It is essential that teachers learn these skills for our children. “Coding in the Arts” will plant the seeds for the 21st century mindset.
As an educator my goal is to give students the opportunity to explore, experiment and create. The motivation often comes from working with friends to observe what our students like: to code, garden, cook, play sports, build robots… We must give students innovation time with resources so they can discover what they love. And collaborative time to Re-Mix, Re-Design, and Re-Learn.
WHY CODE … WHY ART
- STEM builds the roots and stems, but Art adds the flowers.
- Coding art is easy, so all can do it. Builds the mindset to prepare students for the future – Robotics and AI are taking jobs – predicted 38% in 2015 and 50% by 2036.
- Builds the growth mindset – no right or wrong in art. Performing does not get in the way of improving. Builds the power of belief.
- Passion – Try IT, you just might love IT. It is a creative tool to build work ethics. If you love what you do, you put in the time.
- Tool to practice Design Thinking, Computational Thinking and Algebraic Thinking.
- Builds Decision Making skills – It is magic – Decide what you want to create. And share IT. Get feedback and decide it you like your version best.
- Art builds Empathy – Helps close the Equity Gap in CS – those who love art gain computer science skills. AP Central – Supporting Girls in CS by Programming with Graphics – Enhances a Tapestry of diverse colors through fun. Resources, Research and Support at NCWIT.
- Opens a little box in the head – Teaching CS changed my brain, and it will change yours. It can help unlock the clubhouse (2002) so we can get out of the shallow end (2008) by 2018.
- Mondrian Art – from Legos to Racket
- Snowflakes – Fold and Code
- Gardening –Digital Flower
- Binary Code – Jewelry Design
- Dance – Robots and Drones
- Music –
- Generative Art – http://el.media.mit.edu/logo-foundation/services/genart.html
- Pro-Bot – A floor robot that draws
- Design Recipe
- Walk the Line
- Thinking in a box – or outside
- Circle Art – connections
- Sharing Art by coding in HTML –What brings color to webpages?
- Clubs – Google CS First Art, Animation, Fashion, Music & Sound, Game Design
- Coded Art Competition – Perhaps ISTE CTN could sponsor along with http://www.yahouston.org/ and others who support the arts. I presented at their conference and they are a great group to work with.
KNOWLEDGE IS ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
- Would you like to see the code that draws a 5 pointed star of variable size? http://teachertech.rice.edu/Participants/knorth/Scheme/webScheme.html
- What questions do you have about coding in the arts?
- Could I do my circle art in code? Line art?
- Can you code it, without first creating an example by hand?
- Can you add coding art to your maker space?
- How do you find “Hidden Figures” in every classroom?
- How do teachers as leaders of the class inspire action?
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