Inspiration Fridays Infuse Technology, Art and 21st Century Learning

Every Friday at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA), Martha Burgess’ 6th Graders dive into the internet, looking for artists who they inspiring. Students have chosen musical acts from Pink to The Beatles, or famed (and controversial) painters from Picasso to Pollock.

There’s one common thread: no matter which artist a student chooses, they must defend it before their classmates — who can argue that the artist is *not* inspiring.

The class is an example of how educators across Denver Public Schools (DPS) are blending technology and education in the classroom. At KCAA, a Denver Public Schools K-12 arts magnet in southwest Denver, teachers have a ‘1 to 1’ digital device to student ratio as part of a Pilot program provided by the Janus Education Alliance.

Students across DPS will begin to have similar access to technology, thanks to the Denver Community’s support of the 2012 Bond. It included a $10.1 million investment into classroom technology like the Chromebooks at KCAA (featured in this story).

The investment means thousands of new, digital devices in Denver schools, helping prepare our students for college and career in the 21st Century — while helping to close existing achievement and technology gaps in our school community.