Art and Technology in History
In a whole group setting, ask two essential questions and use Popplet to organize student responses.
- What are some of the most common ways our society documents important events?
- Why is it important to document such events?
Students will likely suggest that events are documented by news agencies and other forms of professional media. The facilitator may point out the fact that the general public is very instrumental in producing eye witness testimony and even photo and video documentation of events.
- Example: Boston Marathon Bombing
The facilitator should also note the important historical events tend to eventually appear in various art forms.
2 Direct Instruction
How were important events documented before we had access to modern technologies such as twitter and cell phones and art forms such as film and digital music?
This lesson from Khan Academy describes the Norman Conquest of England and how people of that day chose to document those events.
3 Guided Practice
Students will zoom in to the image and find key figures and places.
Questions for students:
- What do you observe in the image?
- What inferences can you make from your observations?
Another historical event to explore if time allows: London Olymics 2012
4 Independent Practice
In a whole group setting, ask the following questions:
- What similarities can you find between the Bayeux Tapestry and the Gigapan Image?
- Do they both use technology?
- Are they both forms of art?
- Do they both tell a story?
- How are they different?
Use the Popplet App to record student responses and make connections.