Here David Phillips speaks about PowerPoint, how it is a visual aid and that the ‘person’ is always the presentation. The amount of slides used has never been the problem but the objects within and how we use the slides can create an issue in regard to engagement. The above image captures his guidelines to provide a successful representation of information. Each slide should have one main purpose, we should utilise contrast, size matters and if we are using sentences we should not talk at the same time, the background should be dark and a maximum of six objects on the page is key. The discussion helped highlight errors made when I have used Powerpoint as a teaching tool in the past and that I wasn’t necessary thinking of the learning process of my students but the need to disseminate the essential information that could help my students within that topic. I did not reflect on how that information was digested.
In this TED Talk Wayne McGregor shows us his passion for dance and through creativity he speaks of the process in which one discovers their physical and cognitive habits. Dance provides an ability to express ones own voice. His language brings forwards a wonderful point of view that describes technology of the body and that it is the most technologically literate thing that we have. The body provides a means to communicate, it’s a process of physical thinking and a collaboration of both mind and body. We are experts in regard to proprioception and don’t really think about it until something goes wrong or we unable to use our abilities in regards to dimensions, space, technology or as a means to communicate and read an environment. What I would like to explore is how can we use kinaesthetic intelligence in regard to online education? When learning is assumed to be a process that takes place in the mind can we enhance experience through muscle memory and spacial awareness?
This online Health & Fitness episode covers the population that are classed as ‘wee mice’ and their parents that wish to explore Scottish Ballet’s online educational department. The video encourages developmental movement play and encourages the parent to create new ideas to play and dance with their toddler.
Now this episode of Health & Fitness for me is delightful to watch. The video led by the lovely Preston encourages the older generation to move and gain physical mobility by following the instructions and demonstrations by the elegant members of the Scottish Ballets ‘Elders’ class. When working with 55+ its apparent that it is not just about the physical activity but that there is also a social aspect. Like all community classes there is a need to feel part of a group and for many a dance session can provide this. Whether an individual can make it to the class or not, having a session available online will encourage the participant to fit in the weekly session from the comfort of their own home. I just hope that technology will allow us to create a virtual class where participants can interact with each other whilst taking part, capturing a sense of community and inclusion.
Scottish Ballet have a stream of Health and Fitness Episodes which allow participants to follow a class in the comfort of their own home. The online videos provide access to a variety of sessions that help build strength, lengthen and tone the body whilst moving with dancers form the company. The dancers provide inspiration while the carefully planned class provides a challenging workout. The videos help to include members of the public to join class despite logistics such as geographic and financial issues. Technology allows us to interact with our favourite companies, organisations or mentors online. However, the teacher is not able to provide corrections and unless the participant is an experienced dancer or movement practitioner, safety and injury prevention becomes problematic.
Scottish Ballet along with other National Companies are creating educational videos to demonstrate class or tutorials. They also have live webcasts which enable the public to have a behind the scenes vital experience where the company can discuss their current work, open up their rehearsals, and allow viewers a tour of their studios whilst providing a discussion with the Artistic Director, dancers and Educationalists. Schools can access the footage which can support their topic within the arts as well as engage and encourage pupils to embrace the dance world.
Scottish Ballet are even in on the current phase of ‘Makeup Tutorials’ where the online culture shares tips, process and techniques that allows the viewer to achieve the perfect look. Here they provide an insight to the wardrobe of the witch in their christmas production of Hansel & Gretel. The education department not only understanding their clientel but are keeping their website updated with the latest online trends.