Sound, Video, and Mapping: Tools for Innovative Learning

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I am currently engaged in developing a formal research partnership between Curriculum and Instruction, and Biology at New Mexico State University, and Gadsden Independent School District in southern New Mexico to create a curricular model for supporting student’s inquiry and problem solving in the context of ecoscience.

As an integral component of the curriculum, principles of visual and media art practice will be used for the purpose of promoting creative and meaningful data representation. The curriculum I am developing for the data representation component of this program revolves around land use interpretation. I am planning curriculum around the history of land use in the region the students are conducting their studies. This will serve to broaden the student’s understanding of the immediate environment of which they are an embedded aspect.

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how professional practice in the visual and media arts can be effectively utilized as an educational tool to promote understanding and interpretation of complex information. The emphasis will be placed on practical hands-on strategies for students in the seventh through eighth grade range. Examples include sound design, video work and methods of mapping to foster innovative inquiry based learning for the children.


Keywords: Inquiry Based Learning, Visual Art Practice, Sound Design, Video Work, Mapping
Stream: Creative Arts and Learning
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Sound, Video,and Mapping: Moving Between Smooth and Striated Space,


Christian McKay

Student, Fine Arts, California College of the Arts
San Francisco, California, USA

Christian McKay is a visual artist working in multiple media and technologies to create sculptures and installation environments that utilize sound, video, and various fabricating techniques in their construction. His work focuses on themes of connectivity as defined in ecology and involves the use of various mapping techniques to illustrate those connections. He has spent two years as an educator of arts at an arts curriculum based charter high school, and is currently working as a graduate teaching assistant in both a sculpture fabrication techniques, and metals casting class. In 2008 Christian received his B.F.A. in sculpture from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is currently working on his M.F.A. at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California.

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