Overview: High school lesson integrating technology and dance through movement analysis.
This is the second installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Technology and Dance! Although the first set of ISTE standards were released in 1998, it is still a relatively new subject and often results in the response “Oh I didn’t know there were technology standards”, but then again, I still get that response when it comes to the arts as well. Common Core, STEAM, and the reality of the digital age has definitely placed technology as necessity in education.
We will be using the International Society for Technology in Education standards for high school and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards for Dance.
International Society for Technology in Education
When it comes to dance and technology, one of the most useful applications is simply the use of video to improve technique and performance. At least once a week I have students take out their personal devices and film their movement. We can correct specifics till we are blue in the face, but once they see it themselves it finally clicks.
This lesson offers a an amazing reflection opportunity for our students. No matter how many times we provide feedback and corrections, there are just some things our students have to see for themselves. This lesson pushes students to analyze their movement and create attainable goals. It is a great lesson for any level of dance student and promotes student accountability for their own learning. Review the following article for resources and handouts: How Did I Do.
Creating online portfolios and resumes is a great way to integrate technology and dance. This gives our students the opportunity to share their artistry with the world, and moreover, prepare them to be marketable in their digital age, their global future, and their lives beyond our studio walls. Review the following article for tips on building ePortfolios: Market your Student Artists
There are many opportunities to bring technology into the studio. If you have a technology lesson you would like to integrate with dance, or if you try one of these here please drop me a comment below or email me at [email protected], I would love to hear about it!
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Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org