Here is a collection of notes taken from my research on the topic of technology in dance education....its positives and negatives.
- What might dance really be like in 20 years?
- Should dance education include graphic design? website building?
- How much technology do we as dance educators need to facilitate?
- How do we adequately measure technology-based progress?
How can we effectively use technology devices to enhance our teaching?
- Technology can allow dance education to go into new territories.
- The goal for technology advancement should be to build not only communities of individual students, but to connect learning communities in which students learn from their peers in collaborative and cooperative relationships rather than in the “traditional transmissive, teacher-centered, fixed curriculum mode” (Carroll, 2000; Crystal, 2006).
- The implementation of technology is a new pedagogical approach that creates a positive impact on teaching and learning in the 21st century.
- Dance educators might be able to utilize some sort of a hub in which they can share lessons, videos, and information. They can teach students across the country, and extend their knowledge so much further than they ever thought possible. Others could assist, even add onto combinations. Collaboration would be constant, and would hopefully enhance the movement's integrity.
- Technology can be very disconnected from a physical dance class. In many cases what is being taught is not accessible on the internet.
- Tapscott and Williams (2006) suggest that we make the cyber world together because we see it as a place where “it’s about peering: sharing, socializing, collaborating, and most of all, creating within loosely connected communities”.
- However, who will be responsible for making sure the accuracy of this shared information?
- Will the standards and state requirements be addresses?
- One dance educator from York University conducted a survey study with the use of podcasting each technique class, and uploading it hours after each class finished. She did this for 15 weeks.
- Positive Responses:
- students enjoyed being able to see what did/didn't work for them that day
- sick students were still able to catch up on missed work and combinations
- review of the day's work in preparation for the following class
- learn from the feedback of others, pay attention to corrections - self teaching*
- connecting body and mind
- self assessment - monitoring progress of self and classmates
- sharpen the skills of students who are future or current dance teachers
- Negative Responses
- Computer compatibiltiy issues
- Video sizes were too large, and took too long to download
- Commenting function might encourage cyber bullying
- The teacher controlled the comments, by going through them and the reposting what was sent directly to her.
- Positive Responses:
- Conclusion of the study:
- Technology is merely an enhancement and cannot substitute for content that promotes learning and critical thinking within and across subject areas. The physical aspect of the dance training can never be replaced by the advancement of technology.