1.e. Technology Coursework and Teacher Training

Current practices in K-12 dance pedagogy mandate technology integration in students’ comprehensive dance education. Limitations in quality instruction and staff development and evaluation, though, hinder appropriate use and acceptance. As one of the few teachers of dance technology for educators in the nation, I receive numerous invitations to speak nationally and internationally on the subject of technology integration and lead interactive online instructional workshops. In the process of teaching hundreds of artists, choreographers, university professors, and university students, I have developed my own methods for integrating technology in the dance classroom that focus on student self-discovery, choreographic inspiration, clarifying difficult concepts, self-reflection and productive dance thinking. Publications on the topic include: Parrish 2017, Parrish 2014, Parrish, 2008; Parrish, 2007; Parrish, 1999; Parrish, 1998.

 

When hired to direct the Dance Education program, I created DCE 614: New Media in Dance Education, an in-depth new media in dance education course using my methods for technology integration. In the course, students learn social media tools for instruction, video analysis and assessment techniques, image manipulation, interactive multimedia, video shooting and editing, and live interactive performance. DCE 614 is offered as part of our MA DE program as well as open to the community of K-12 and university teachers across the nation. As I continue to explore and teach dance using technology I have begun to focus my inquiry on themes of student choreographic inspiration, clarifying difficult concepts, self-reflection and productive dance thinking, the use of social media including Twitter and Instagram. I am currently working on placing substantive instructional resources online for broader use.

 

As an arts educator, I have a unique opportunity to nurture creative thinking, self-direction and personal efficacy before, during, and after instruction. Interactive web based “smart” technologies assist in this process. When students are in charge of their own learning and assessment, their work is more focused and self-directed, and as a result students learn to take initiative and to be responsible and accountable for their work. My research in dance technology been published in scholarly journals and presented at the last nine NDEO conferences and the last three DaCi conferences.  My goals in technology pedagogy for dance are aimed to assist student self-efficacy, to increase opportunities for students to customize and take charge of their own learning, and to develop collaborative ways of working together and sharing information with a wider audience.

Examples of Interactive Video dance using cameras, projectors, various surfaces, and dancers.

List of Research Publications

Parrish, M. (2007). Technology in dance education. In L. Bresler (Ed.)

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education

Springer International Handbooks of Education, Vol.  16. p. 1381-1397. Springer Netherlands.

Parrish, M. (2001). Integrating technology into the teaching and learning of dance.

Journal for the National Dance Education Organization, 1(1), 20-25.

List of Technology-Based Classes

DCE 614 (3) New Media technology in dance education 

Theory and practice related to teaching dance technology, including new media and interdisciplinary relationships. Includes planning, teaching, and assessing student learning in one unit of study. (Summer 2018-2019)

DCE 611 (3) Dance: The Phenomenon II /dance technology

Theory and practice related to teaching dance technology, including new media and interdisciplinary relationships. Includes planning, teaching, and assessing student learning in one unit of study. (Summer 2014)

 

Practical Assessment and interactive video technology

2-day Guest Artist presentation on K-12 teacher training.

Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah. (October, 2014)

         

Dance pedagogy, technology and performance

Guest Artist                                                                                                                                

92nd Street YMCA.  Master classes and 5-day intensive training. New York City. (July, 2012).

                      

Dance Education and Technology

Guest Artist

10-day workshop University of North Texas Denton, Texas. (June, 2012).

Landmarks & Geographic Tales

Master Educator workshop on interdisciplinary dance instruction

Guest Artist. DaCi Conference: University of North Texas in Denton Texas. (July, 2011).

MapQuest and following the signs toward creative problem solving in dance education.

A master educator workshop on interdisciplinary dance instruction

Guest Artist. DaCi Conference: University of North Texas in Denton Texas. (July, 2011).

Interactive Dance Technology

Guest Artist -  Master Class                                                         

Brigham Young University Provo, Utah. (March, 2010).

Videoconferencing in Dance Education        

Professional Development Seminar                                            

Richland One School District. Columbia, SC. (January, 2010).

Dance Education and Technology.

Guest Speaker – Dance residency

Taipei Physical Education College, Taiwan. (December, 2008).

Video dance technology and technology integration for arts educators.

Professional development workshop (5 days)

Tennessee Dance Education Association. (Juen, 2007).

Interactive Gateway and process-based dance documentation

Guest Lecture

State University New York at Brockport. (October, 2005).

 

Interactive video co-taught with Anne Green Gilbert and Bill Evans.

Professional development workshop (2 day)

Dance and the Child international, Philadelphia, PA. (July, 2005).

Interactive Gateway and mediated curriculum.

Guest Speaker Invited master class. 

The Ohio State University. Columbus Ohio. (February, 2005).

Dance Technology  

Guest Speaker Invited lecture                                                                                          

The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. (February, 2005).

Interactive Gateway

Guest Artist - Invited Master Class. Temple University. (November, 2003).

Dance Technology

Guest Artist - Invited Master Class. Temple University. (January, 2003).

Strategies and Issues when working with Dance Technology

Invited Master Class                             

New York University, Graduate School of Dance Education. (January, 2003).

Hands-on workshop on dance technology

Guest teaching workshop (8 hour)                                                             

Arizona Dance Arts Association. Phoenix, Arizona. (January, 2001).