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Integrating Language and Arts with MIT Scratch

Publisher : International Journal of Emerging Research in Management Technology

Campus : Mysuru

School : School of Arts and Sciences

Department : Computer Science

Year : 2014

Abstract : To be successful in 21st century, one needs to think critically and creatively, embrace diversity and tolerate ambiguity, create as well as consume information. Many of these skills can be developed through the innovative use of computers in art subjects like drawing, painting, music etc. and natural language. Arts education promotes work habits that cultivate curiosity, imagination, creativity and communication skills. Students who possess these skills are better able to tolerate and tackle ambiguity, explore new realms of possibility, express their own thoughts and feelings and understand the perspective of others. Students’ capacity to create and express themselves through arts is one ofthe central qualities that make the human, as well as a basis for success in the 21st century. But the new technologies have been largely absent in art education at school level. The current education curriculum focuses on fairly latest but, difficult to understand category of programming languages. So this paper explores how the language and artscan be integrated using MIT’s Scratch environment that facilitates easy entry into programming

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