Theatre for change – ‘Disorder contained’

Many of you will know about Brecht and Boal, and will probably have come across some other theorists or theatre companies that create theatre designed to make a specific impact, and hopefully bring about some change in ways of thinking, behaviour or spur people on to take action to bring about some sort of change in their environment or society. Brecht work for us deals with history, so we can look at this issues from a distance, and relate safely ...

Your responsibilities as a creator of theatre

The other day I went to the theatre to see the culminating performances of theatre students that had been studying devising and theatre creation at my local University. I was excited to see what they would come up with. Having spent many years working with High School students on devising processes I was intrigued to see how University level students were different in terms of choices of themes, influences, techniques, styles and use of space and production techniques. To be honest, ...

The role of the mentor

At the moment I am in the midst of marking Research Presentations from around the world. It is amazing what the range of presentation styles is like, and so exciting to see students that research thoroughly and authentically, then genuinely and passionately share their findings. Some students of course just share the information without an ounce of excitement, sparkle or interest - now, you are not marked for your enthusiasm, but I can safely say that students who have enjoyed the ...

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES (to the Visual Arts Guide)

David Bowie - Changes Lyrics | MetroLyrics “Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Ooh, look out you rock 'n' rollers! Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you're gonna get older…” http://www.metrolyrics.com/changes-lyrics-david-bowie.html Yes, changes. As most of you (probably) know, the DP visual arts team have been working relentlessly to keep the guide as useful and accurate as possible, and this blog highlights a few of the ch-ch-changes. (Look out you rock n rollers!) The 2017 revised Guide is available on the OCC. Two ...

Immersive Theatre strategies

For the student blog this month I wrote about how I was confused as an audience member about the expectations of the audience in an immersive piece. For the teachers blog I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the tools of the trade that have been established during the evolution of this relatively new form theatre experience. Before I go into too many specifics, let's start with the multiple roles that a student can take on during ...

Differentiation with Social Media Tools

This week I was notified of a change on a shared Google Spreadsheet I "follow" which is collecting "Differentiation with Social Media Tools". As I write, there are  109 online social media tools listed, with the type, URL, a short assessment or review, and suggestions for content, process and product differentiation. The page was built and is maintained by John McCarthy, an Education Blogger  at Edutopia - George Lucas Educational Foundation. You can learn more about him on his web page. Linked to ...

To collaborate, or not to collaborate – that is the question!

There are many reasons to work together. A lot of fantastic learning can happen when we work in pairs or groups. It’s a beautiful thing. In addition, sharing ideas and skills is a great creative PROCESS, and can lead to unusually creative RESOLVED work, with different art-makers being able to contribute specialist competencies. There’s also the idea of socialization and the concept of being part of and contributing to a bigger idea - when discussing plans, sharing ideas etc. Examples of famous and ...

Three-and-a-half Tips Using Google Docs

I want to pass on a few "tips and tricks" I've read recently for using Google docs. The first comes from Jarod Bormann: How to force "make a copy" when sharing a Google doc.  Jarod wrote "Sharing a doc link and asking a group to Make a Copy inevitably would lead to mass confusion. Most would be able to follow File > Make a Copy without any problems. But there are the handful that begin making changes on my original and therefore ...

Two heads are better than one

In a recent post my colleague Barbara Stefanics highlighted collaborative learning in a studying-for-exams situation.  About the same time, I read Stephen Down's presentation on Cooperation and Collaboration, which lead me to explore the similarities and differences of cooperation and collaboration in a classroom setting, and how technology might support the two. The  terms cooperation and collaboration are often used rather loosely in the classroom to describe some sort of group work.  Downes summarises the terms this way his presentation: When collaborating, people ...

The DT New Syllabus – Resources to Help in the Development Process.

Struggling with the new Design and Technology syllabus - well no need as various teachers are beginning to bring together online resources for all to utilise including your students - This wiki is just started and ready for action - https://dpdesigntechnology.wikispaces.com/home Mr Trumpold - reliable and consistent and not in Cairo anymore I here? - http://www.ruthtrumpold.id.au/dokutest/doku.php?id=start If you have any others please comment and I can share more as they start to be produced and shared. And this is not to ...