"Learning to Go" with iPods Final reflection I must say I have enjoyed “Learning to Go” with iPods, even though I started the class with a great deal of iPod experience. For me the most valuable aspect to this class was learning about the different resources available. The class really forced me to spend time researching and this provided me with great dance resources and general teaching resources. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to view resources from other content areas. I have already been able to use pod casting in my dance classes for alternative assignments. Specifically I have used pod casts of dance performances to help students learn how to critique composition. This has been a great alternative for students who are unable to go to a live performance because it allows them to see a performance more then once. Multiple viewings allow students to break down dances and analyze dance elements. The one area I would like more practice in is uploading a recorded file and add links. I found the recording into the ipod easy, however I had difficulty uploading my recording onto my page. I am looking forward to using my skills to help the other dance teachers with pod casting assignments. I think pod casting is a great resource for dance. My students are already familiar with the technology and it is an easy way to keep them interesting in learning new aspects of dance. Specifically in regards to contemporary trends and choreography, pod casting allows me to introduce many dance genres and is a great asset in teaching dance elements.. In researching pod casts I have also found new outlets for music to use in my classes.

Please complete a reflection for each resource you listen to on the iPod

The resource I enjoyed the most was Ann Marie's http://www.globalkids.org
Global Kids is a non-profit organization based in NYC, whose mission is to transform urban youth into successful students & leaders through socially dynamic, content–rich learning experiences.

This site is a great resource students who are seeking leadership opportunities.

I plan to share this site with my GIVE students in hopes of recreating some of Global Kids programs.

For an alternative assignment to going to the dance performance we assigned each student a different podcast to view and critique.
The following podcasts are great examples of Modern Dance. Each podcast deals with a different contemporary trend in dance, such as, site specific work, partnering work, contact improv and choreographers utilizing props.

“Substrata” from UMBC. To find the pod cast go Open ITunes on your computer or a school computer. Search for dance UMBC, once you find UMBC, open UMBC Dance, you will see a list of videos, you then click on “Substrata” (GET Movie) you then will be able to watch the video in ITunes.
http://www.margaretmorrisdance.com/dances.html “Quake” (This is a trio, the picture is third from the last) “ The Transformation of Things” (The picture is of two women, one woman has her hand on the other woman’s forehead.)
“Diptych” and watch the dance. (This is a duet click on the second to last picture to watch.)
http://www.misnomer.org/ Open the video clip “Our Town”

“Match Making” @ http://www.misnomer.org/

Mobile Podcasts with GCast from Alan November "November Learning" website.

This is a great how to resource, easy to following and the article gave several options for mobile podcasting. One option is using a cell phone as the recording device. Cell phone use is a very heated topic, recently in our department meeting several teachers expressed that they feel bombarded by technology and that the "powers that be" are pushing to hard for teachers to use every type of technology in their classrooms. I personally think teachers can pick and choose how, when, where, and what type to use, depending on there needs. The article give an example of using a cell phone to record while on a field trip, I thought this was a great way to use the resources at hand while also having the students learning information relative to their class. I also liked that the Gcast is a great free resource.

I am going to use mobile podcasting for my next choreography assignment. Students will have to use their cell phones to record Sounds from the street. Then using Gcast, I will have students download their recordings and edit the recordings in Garage band. Once recordings are edited I will have students use their recordings as the soundtracks for their choreography projects.

Reflections of learning:

iPods in Education from David Baugh to See:iPod Resources php

On Deck
Episode #9 - EARCOS Admin. Conference - Beyond E-mail: Communicating in the 21st Century
Main points ("takeaways"):
The importance of communication in education; communication between parents, faculty, Faculty to students, parents to administration.
Questions you have after listening to the resource:
What are the best uses for dance education?
What did you gain in terms of your personal professional development?
Reinforces the benefits of communication to create a community of educators.
How will you apply this learning to your professional situation? This may include both "quick wins" and longer-term changes.
Can you be used to reinforce classwork and also allow parents to have an understanding of course work.

Listen to audio interview with Jen Abrams (MP3 - 60 Minutes)
Name of podcast episode/mp3 file:
Dancing into the Future:
URL of the resource:

URLs of related resources:
Listen to audio interview with Jen Abrams (MP3 - 60 Minutes)
Main points ("takeaways"):
Great resource for choreography, Current trends for modern dance/Contemporary dance
Questions you have after listening to the resource:
What did you gain in terms of your personal professional development?
New understanding of the integration of technology in dance
How will you apply this learning to your professional situation? This may include both "quick wins" and longer-term changes.
New ideas for choreography projects for technique classes, great resource for introduction to contemporary trends