There are many ideas that I have not implemented or experimented with in dance due to the minimal lessons last term and the fact that we have been focusing on concepts that require us to physically dance rather than doing theory.
The ones that I have implemented are having students use iPads to film their group choreography/ ideas for refining work. They have been instructed to upload these onto the class elocker so each group member can watch. Handy for when one is at private lessons or away ill. We have used iPads to annotate their posture. We have discussed how students can be a good participant and responsible user of technology when sharing and commenting on work of others.
Our Yr 7 team is yet to upload course materials to iTunes U.
So far in Drama, the iPad has been used in class by teacher to film work in progress and then final performances.
Students have then watched these as a whole group and discussed specific concepts. Homework questions have then be based on this experience and sent to eLocker.
Just starting a new topic (puppetry and creation myths) and they will use iPad in class for small group tasks viz. research, filming, reviewing and developing skills.
Yr 7's utilised iPads to film themselves performing an athletics skills during Term 1. Unfortunately the students were not introduced to any apps to compare their footage or show how to improve their skills or correct technique. The students did refer to the correct technique of each athletics skill via Libguides. However, I am unable to identify which students referred to Libguides and what improvement was made as a result. The only reference I have to skill improvement is the measurement results of 100m sprint, discus, shot put, long jump and triple jump, along with verbal feedback at the time of performance. The students could look back at their footage on iPads and reflect on their performance and identify where they could improve. This allowed peer to peer review and staff/student verbal review and feedback using technology. This takes time with 28 students in the class. The next step is to find a more practical way of implementing technology without too much direction to make comparison to their performance. A future thought for this unit is to have the athletics work booklet in digital format for the girls to complete.
Due to the time restrictions with year 7 Physical Education curriculum I have been unable to incorporate the hoped 'reimagined learning paradigms'. The unit allowed for the use of the camera app, allowing the students to film themselves for visual feedback. The problem that arose with the use of iPads were the misuse of the camera (poor placement) and distraction that iPads can bring. The use of filming allowed the girls to visually understand feedback given. This was a fantastic tool. In addition the girls were able to utilise libguides to view how the proper technique is performed. In the future we hope to be able to compare the proper technique with the students performance side by side.
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Session 2: Reimagining Learning Paradigms