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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


TeachingArts.org

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jul 24, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: Teaching Arts is a site devoted to the visual and performing arts. Under each
heading of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, users can access articles and
other points of information in the areas of Advocacy, Career Planning, Current
Information, General Resources, Model Programs, Professional Development, and
Standards - Assessment. Users may also provide feedback about the site, click
on links to arts and dance news from around the world, and participate in online
discussion groups in each of the visual and performing arts. The California
Visual & Performing Arts Content Standards can be accessed through this site, as
well as a number of professional organizations and interest groups for
teachers. There are monthly updates, discussion groups, and a Virtual Arts
Center featuring video clips from dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art.
Learning Goals: Educators will have ready access to current and up-to-date arts education
information that addresses teaching, advocacy, model program development,
assessment, and professional development. Educators will have access to
concrete examples of arts processes, models, and performances used in schools
and based on the state expectations for arts education in California.
Target Student Population: Teachers and prospective teachers of the arts at all grade levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic website operation skills.
Type of Material: Resource/Reference.
Recommended Uses: This site could act as a reference point for prospective teachers of the visual
and performing arts. It seems most appropriate for teaching methods courses.
Technical Requirements: Acrobat Reader is needed for viewing selected arts documents found within the
site. In the Virtual Arts Center you can view the rooms as still pictures or
with Apple's QuickTime plug-in which is a free download at
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: While limited in scope to the arts, this site does a credible job of covering
all areas of the visual and performing arts. Discussion boards and links to
professional organizations are invaluable tools for learning. This site can be
used to establish the foundation of why the arts play a critical role in
Pre-K--12 education. Implementation strategies, networking opportunities, and
examples are provided through several venues including an e-mail news bulletin,
discussion groups, a Virtual Arts Center, California's recently adopted Visual
and Performing Arts Content Standards, advocacy, career planning, and curriculum
development resources. Access to information for bringing artists into the
schools, visual/audio examples in dance, drama/theatre, music, and visual art,
and professional arts organization links within California are included. This is
a fairly new site and is still growing and developing. It does have its own
peer review system for what is and is not included.
Concerns: This site is based on the California Standards. A comment should be included
that indicates it could be a valuable resource for individuals who reside
outside of California.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Having a vast amount of credible arts education information for the state of
California in one place makes this site very effective and very efficient. The
newsletter and discussion group aspects of the site provide some very good
learning opportunities for educators to exchange thoughts and ideas about arts
education with teachers already incorporating the arts in their instruction.
Under each of the four arts areas you can find specific information on
assessment both for California and the National level, copyright issues, English
Language learners, resources for standards-based instruction, and links to
online units demonstrating the implementation of the California state content
standards for the arts. The link to the California Visual and Performing Arts
Content Standards is an integral part of the site.
Concerns: Some the lessons linked to this site in related units are not actually complete
lessons which have assessments of the arts standards included.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This site is well organized and it is visually attractive. Navigational buttons
across the top and links down the side of the page are easy to read and use.
Links appear to be working and are up to date. The information is clearly
labeled and done in an appropriately artistic way. When QuickTime is needed to
view a portion of the site, it is clearly indicated.
Concerns: This site has not been Bobby Approved. When viewing the video clips within the
Virtual Arts Center the download time is long because of the length of the
clips, so viewers should be prepared to wait. The clips do provide good examples
of students learning and performing in each of the four arts.

Other Issues and Comments: