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Tech task 8

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March is going to be and already is a crazy month.  I wonder why all education classes have to have things do on the same day or week?  I know there is mid-term and end of term but why can’t we have a few assignments throughout the semester instead of two huge projects.  Also education is all about group projects which are great but they take just that extra time to organize and complete especially when you have group members who don’t really contribute.  Well thats all for today because I have 9 million things to do.  Ahhhh!  Thoughts?

Dance and Technology

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

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.


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.

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.