Posts Tagged ‘John Maeda’


Why STEM Education Needs the Arts, Too

January 17, 2013

Hearing about it, really!

From Oregon a talk show that highlights STEM/STEAM – listen to the interview at The show includes John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design who formerly was at the MIT Media Lab. An Oregon Public Broadcaster interviews a school in a Portland, Oregon school where they have are involved in STEAM education. In some cases the arts drive the learning and some times it is the opposite.

Thank you to Ann Thompson for sending the link!



January 10, 2013

Thank you Kate Smith for sending these links!

During the last couple of years I have included many posts on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Recently Central Elementary School (South Berwick) music teacher Kate Smith sent me a couple more links to articles on the topics. This time not only has the article provide “food for thought” but many links to good articles and resources. If you are interested in this topic I suggest that you read the post on currikublog written by Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki on November6, 2012, but I suggest that you also follow and read the links and comments included.

And, Kate also sent a link to cybraryman who also includes several good links and resources to STEAM ideas. Check out the left column.

If you are looking for tips or ideas on how to communicate about this idea. Or perhaps you are searching for articles or information on what this is all about and does it make any sense to promote it, I am certain these resources will help you find answers.

At this point there are several posts on STEM/STEAM on meartsed blog. To find them just put the words “STEM STEAM” into the “search archives” box on the bottom right hand side of the blogs front page and you will see all of the posts.

John Maeda presented a TED talk called How art, technology, and design inform creative thinkers. John Maeda is the President of the Rhode Island School of Design. His life work has included art, design and technology. He is dedicated to communicating about the link between design and technology and he does it in his TED talk in a very engaging way.

John Maeda wrote an article called If Design’s No Longer the Killer Differentiator, What Is? for Wired Magazine that was published September 9, 2012. The article includes Mr. Maeda’s history which provides an overview of his beliefs and how he arrived at them.


National Art Education Conference

March 15, 2012

Waterville High School Art Teacher, Suzanne Goulet, thoughts on her trip to NYC

Energized and exhausted……….

Middle of June? Ready for summer…..right?

It is only the beginning of March and it is time to reflect on the incredible opportunity of attending the national convention for the National Art Education Association held recently in New York City.

A thousand offerings of workshop opportunities, cultural resources, provocative general sessions and intimate pedagogical conversations with colleagues can be overwhelming to plan…….but you don’t have to…….it happens every year……and you just have to get there.

A few snapshots:

Chuck Close

The president of RISD (“reason I am sleep deprived”), John Maeda presented the argument for respecting the role of the arts in The Meaning of Innovation… a revealing delivery on how only one letter separates “FEAR” from “FREE” (“STEM” to “STEAM”).

The conversation between Chuck Close and Irving Sandler (one with thousands of people…standing room only in the grandest of halls) had me envisioning us in an apartment, …. Left Bank?……were we in a salon? Struggling with math his whole life…..I now question the role of SAT scores in selection for art scholarships….Mr. Close stressed the teaching of good solid work ethics…….something he is thankful for having a good foundation in.

A few surprise passing meetings of Maine colleagues (we have to go to NY to see each other?) workshops, workshops, sessions, sessions and more late in to the night content investigations with colleagues from VT, LA, and DE…….”How do you do this?……where is your state on….? You have snow days?…we have fog days!”  Invigorating visits to the Met, MoMA and my favorite noodle nook (I can now order, “the usual”) registering 15 miles in three days on the pedometer……how DOES that happen?……..

One of two final slides from Olivia Gude session- "Evocative and Provocative Pedagogy: Toward a Culture-Changing Curriculum"

Energized and exhausted………

…..and it is NOT the middle of June.

This is a good thing……..I have time to implement these discoveries…….not a moment to loose!

(2013 convention scheduled for Fort Worth and 2014 is in San Diego……….see you there?)

Thank you Suzanne for sharing the highlights of your trip. I can almost imagine being there!

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