Date of Award

8-2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Art

First Advisor

Dr. William Charland

Second Advisor

Dr. Christina Chin

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert Leneway

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the emerging technologies in visual arts education and the impact they will make on the future of visual arts education in a K-12 setting. Research was done through a literature review. As a result, it was found that integrating technology into the visual arts is beneficial to both student and teacher on many levels.

The research will cover how these technologies affect best practices in teaching. Also how these technologies influence student learning. You will find the history of how technology has been implemented in art education, to give the reader and myself a deeper understanding of the developments in technology in visuals art education. A section touches on the developing trends in technology in education. The most relevant and practical applications for technology in a K-12 visual arts classroom are explained as well. Research for this thesis was completed using academic resources. This is an important topic to research because current trends in education are leaning toward integrating technology into every content area. It is important to focus on the positive benefits that technology can bring to the K-12 visual arts classroom.