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Through a groundbreaking project funded by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAEA) is taking steps to narrow the gap between the arts and technology in Florida K-12 schools.  According to industry leaders, many students graduate with a mismatch between their strong technology skills and their related aesthetic sensibilities.  Further, art students often need more experience building their 21st century technology skills to develop and manipulate their artistic creations.  The FAAE program, Learning through Arts and Technology, was initiated in 2010.  In this first year of a three-year cycle, the focus has been on linking the visual arts and technology and providing support to encourage the connection between these two subject areas.

Travels throughout the state revealed many teachers who were eager to include technology in the educational plan, but requested professional development in order to achieve this goal.  Therefore, a key component of this project was to create a series of online instructional modules to assist all teachers in integrating technology and the arts into their teaching.  We hope the “how-to” guides on the following pages will assist teachers in using varied software applications, and enrich student learning.  An online survey regarding your use of these Modules will appear when you “sign off”; we sincerely hope that you will take a few minutes to share insights with us!  Your input will help us to shape the “next steps” of this project.

Project Directors Dr. Mary Palmer and Susan Rosoff studied exemplary practices that link arts and technology in selected Florida Schools.  The results of this first year of study, as well as outstanding lesson materials, are now available. 

Special thanks to the Arts and Technology Review Committee:
Michael Corneau, Principal, Robert Louis Stevenson School for the Arts, Brevard County; Mark Hunt, Career and Technology Education Resource Teacher, Osceola County; Rick Jansen, Motion Picture Arts, Harrison School of the Arts, Polk County; Peggy Nolan, K12 Art / Drama Resource Teacher, Brevard County; Dr. Mary Palmer, FAAE Arts and Technology Co-Director; Susan Rosoff, FAAE Arts and Technology Co-Director; Susan Burke, Executive Director, FAAE; Suzi Preston, Visual Arts Specialist, Volusia County and “Learning Through the Arts” Evaluator; Kevin Conlon, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota; and Dr. Kay Allen, University of Central Florida, Orlando.

If you have an arts and technology lesson plan that you would like to share, please click here for information.   We look forward to hearing from YOU and to having you share lesson materials with us. 

Dr. Mary Palmer
Learning through Arts and Technology  
Susan Rosoff
Learning through Arts and Technology


The four instructional modules included in this online professional development program are intended as “how-to” guides to assist all teachers in their use of software applications.  Classroom pedagogy and practices to engage and integrate the arts and technology with learning across the curriculum is included.  Examples of student work and lesson plans are included.

Digital Photography

Marilyn Traeger Polin, Writer and Art Teacher, South Miami K-8 Center, Dade County

The module covers some basics of how to handle a digital camera and helps one move beyond the “point and shoot” experience.  Some basics techniques in Photoshop will help you dynamically transform photographs.  This module is full of ideas for student projects and offers many teacher tips for organizing images.

Digital Storytelling

Dr. Megan Alrutz, University of Texas, Austin

How well you tell and “sell” a story is an important life-long skill, but storytelling can also be used for personal expression.  This module takes you through the basic steps of devising and delivering effective digital stories, and provides sample activities to use in school settings. 


Victor Randle and Brian Tortorelli, University of Central Florida, CREATE, with Dr. Trae Stewart, University of Central Florida,  College of Education, Orlando

Podcasting provides a relatively easy way address students with multiple intelligences and varied learning styles.  When students generate podcasts, the classroom not only becomes more student centered, it requires learners to become actively engaged in lessons.  Students must evaluate ideas, verbalize their thoughts, and construct meaning from diverse sources of information.  Teachers may also consider audio, video and enhanced podcasts for the delivery of content and for assessment.  How you get started with podcasting is covered in this module.


Ray Gargano, Executive Director, Orange County Arts Education Center, Orlando

In business circles today, PowerPoint is a well known tool.  This module helps you learn not only how to  import pictures, sound and video, it introduces you to animation and chart wizards.   Explore ways to use this software to engage students in using their creative and critical thinking skills.