Archive for January, 2011


Tech Task 3

Tech Task #3

I listened to a speech on TED talk about Arts and Science.  Mae Jemison talks about how we need to go back to connecting the arts and science.  Mae Jemison is the first African American women to go onto space she graduated Stanford with a Chemical engineering degree and went on to med school.  When she finished her degree at Stanford she wanted to either go to med school or go to New York to pursue a professional dance career.  She mentions that her mother helped her with that decision.  She talks about how science is creative and that arts is analytical.  Both arts and sciences are constructive and deconstructive depending on the strand of art or science.  She has a great quote near the end of the talk.  “Science provides an understanding of a universal experience and art provides a universal understanding of a personal experience”  I love how she connects the two which so many people view as total opposites.

I have often struggled with my passion for art and science at the same time.  Science was always my favorite subject in school but outside of school I spent 20 hours or more at dance lessons and performances.   In the end I made the opposite choice of Mae and went to university to get my BFA in dance which has lead me back to school for my BED.  Jokes on me.  When I was at Simon Fraser University I considered getting a minor in chemistry which was impossible because all labs and dance classes were at the same time.  When I would talk about my passion for science especially chemistry people would think I was crazy.  I think the stereotype was always there dancers can’t do science and aren’t very smart and scientist can’t move.  I obviously disagree with these claims but I think some people still think that way.  I think I sometimes loose people when I tell them I am in Arts Education.  What’s That?  What will you teach?  Some people even in the university treat it as less of an education that the elementary or middle years program because it has art in the title.

Mae can help us see the connection between art and science and this can open our minds to the connection that art has to all subjects.

This talk spoke to me and helped me realize there are many dancers out there that are also science nerds at heart.  Thanks you Mae.

Tech Task 2

I am going to blog about using social networking in the classroom.  I can see both the positive and negative side of things.

I have done lots of traveling and that was my only motivation for joining facebook.  It made keeping in touch and sharing photos a breeze for me- who is not tech savy!  I understand why using social networking would help students in our world where more people are traveling and meeting people and maintaining friendships with people around the world.

This article I can accross though made a good point.  His research shows that people that multitask too much and have too much to do and see can’t focus on anything.  http://www.briansolis.com/2009/08/does-social-networking-impair-learning/  As humans are we actually capable of multitasking?  We always do but when we have 80 things

About Me

1) I am 28 years old born and raised in Regina. I have lived in Oxford, England, Vancouver,B.C, Edmonton, Ab, Yukon territory, and Australia. I have a BFA in Dance and am two semesters away from a BED in arts education Dance major and drama minor.
2)No too technological
3) I am nervous about technology in the classroom but realize that honestly my students will actually teach me a lot
4)I hope to feel comfortable with technology and how to use it to benefit my teaching and possibly fix issues I have along the way