Archive for February, 2011


Dance and Technology

This is an amazing choreographer from Vancouver.  Love the combination of technology and dance.

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So last Wednesday we went out to our high schools for pre-internship.  My partner and I will be teaching at Balfour in the dance department.  Our first day went so well our Co-Op Laura Kuz is great she got us to teach the warm up for her period 2 and 3 class which was lots of fun.  Can I speak about the students as well OH MY GOD!!!!  These kids are amazing the period 2 class has about 10 guys that are self taught break dancers that are so passionate and willing to show off their amazing skills.  I just want to take them all and start a touring dance company.  The period 3 class is all girls that love to have fun.  Half of them are studio trained and the other half have no formal training but an amazing raw natural talent.  What a school what a dance program.  I will be choreographing a contemporary piece on the period 2 students.  For my lessons I am going to teach a new dance skill that is essential in contemporary dance.  Using the floor, partnering, structured improv, and the idea of chance. I will also really want to teach the students about contemporary dance pioneers and the styles and techniques they created to make contemporary dance what it is today.  Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Twla Tharp, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor.  Also exposing them to local dance artists and Canadian dance artists.  I only have five classes to teach all that I want to.  But I am up for the challenge and so looking forward to it.

TECH TASK 4

I just watched a YouTube clip of Danah Boyd talking about children and social networking sites.  I must say I didn’t find her to be a very dynamic speaker but that is not really important.

As she was talking I got to thinking that it seems like in this age of technology parents are more nervous than ever.  I must admit I have great parents and our relationship really worked on trust and respect, but some of the things Danah talked about surprised me.  Kids who use Facebook to communicate with friends because their mother doesn’t let them out of the house.  Or parents that use their childs social media page to spy on them.  What is going on?  Why are parents so neurotic?  What happened to respecting privacy?   Know that as a parent you want your child to share with you and if they feel you respect them they will respect you and let you in on their life.  Not all of their life but most of it.  I think that is something to be said as well parents need to understand that their children will probably never tell them everything about their life and I don’t think parents really want to know everything. When I lived in England when I was 18 there was a video made of the whole trip really and when I was back in Canada watching the highlights with some friends my mother and I understood she didn’t want to watch the video and I didn’ t want her to watch it.

Maybe I am too optimistic because I don’t have children and may never have children but I think that we should trust kids.  THey make a mistake but we all do and we learn from those mistakes hard as they may be.

You Tube

So I just watched Mike Wesch’s talk on You Tube and I must say he made some interesting points.  I never really got into You Tube and didn’t understand how people spent hours on this site searching for hilarious videos.  I use You Tube as a future teacher in my class and have found many educational videos out there that would really hard to find with out this website.  I also love that I can find clips from shows I loved in other countries and watch them again.  There are also so many videos that make me laugh.  I would say that is the extent of my personal you tube viewing but this talk helped me to understand how many people do view you tube as a community of friends.

I can’t really understand that.  It is not the same meeting someone online rather than in person.  I love the fact that people can connect around the world and I think that people should always be discovering new cultures and people but I don’t think that this experience should be limited to ones computer room in their house.  I can tell people around the world about a Saskatchewan sunset and show them pictures but it will never be as good as actually being here and seeing it live.  I don’t want You Tube to allow people to believe they have everything they need in their online world.  Why should they go out side when they can travel to six different countries over the web through You Tube.  I think there needs to be a balance between the two.  Upload videos and chat with online friends but get outside have face to face conversations with people.  I never miss my friends over seas more than after we Skype. The video that is slightly delayed is a vague idea of who my friend is.  I want to see her face to face the computer can’t compete with that.

It is obvious that You Tube is a phenomena and it has done great things, helped people, and connected people but as Wesch talked about you never know who is actually in front of that camera.  People can act and pretend and if someone uses You Tube and facebook as there only social out let they can never really know who their friends are.  Though I guess the same is true in real life. Hmmm I am not really selling my case here.  Maybe online relationships are the future because if things go bad you don’t actually ever have to see the person again.  I guess I just  think we are losing the art of communication a little or it is changing.  No one talks on the phone anymore they only text or email.  I miss conversations.  Maybe that is just me and I need to embrace this new world and new social community.