drama teacher as game master technology, mediation and process drama kim flintoff b.a., grad. dip. ed., m.ed. september 27, 2005 ecawa – inspired pedagogy conference a practice-led approach to the development of a model of process drama using networked technologies
who am I as a researcher? <ul><li>education -- critical pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li> -- motivation </li></ul><ul><li>-- arts education </li></ul><ul><li>-- aesthetics </li></ul><ul><li>drama -- theatre </li></ul><ul><li>-- performance </li></ul><ul><li>social justice </li></ul><ul><li>human potential </li></ul><ul><li>-- post-human issues </li></ul><ul><li>-- neuro-linguistic programming </li></ul><ul><li>-- personal development </li></ul>
what am i researching? why? drama and technology master of education earlier projects i.d.e.a. special interest group #7
what am i researching? why? drama and i.t.: discovering the human dimension by jonothan neelands; national council for educational technology (ncet, 1993) “ students should be enabled to use i.t. in creative and imaginative contexts as an entitlement and in order to enhance their understanding of its power, how it can be used and the extent to which they have control over it.”
what am i researching? why? “ role-playing games are theatrical in a non-traditional but thrilling way. players are both actors and audience for one another, and the events they portray often have the immediacy of personal experience” janet horowitz murray “ hamlet on the holodeck”
what am I researching? why? m.ed. research “ drama and technology: teacher attitudes and perceptions”
what am i researching? why? lost cities moo qut Brisbane 2002 project woomera online process drama 94 real time participants http://moo.interactiondesign.com.au:2600/
what am i researching? why? gener8 @rts project awesome children’s festival (perth 1999) lifeforms 3d choreography and animation software
what am i researching? why? rochester castle perth 2004 games concept teaching english and science leah irving mark weber http://ispg.csu.edu.au:7690
what am i researching? why? international drama theatre and education association special interest group an international community of drama practitioners and educators interested in technology
what am i researching? why? dramatic (fictional) space reflective space traditional process drama model
what am i researching? why? dramatic space virtual reflective space virtual reflective space real dramatic space real traditional process drama model incorporating virtual environments for participants
what am i researching? why? dramatic space real dramatic space virtual reflective space virtual reflective space real audience virtual audience real reversioned form of technology mediated process drama
drama and technology <ul><li>the dramatic arts are full of promising ideas for interface design. </li></ul><ul><li>drama has the power to engage audience members both emotionally and cognitively. </li></ul><ul><li>we have barely begun to the scratch the surface in applying this body of knowledge to interface design. </li></ul><ul><li>s. joy mountford (human interface group, apple) </li></ul>
intimate transactions http://www.intimatetransactions.com/ intimate transactions a new interactive installation allowing two people located in separate spaces to interact simultaneously using only their bodies.
new forms from new applications? eyesweb project The eyesweb open platform has been originally conceived for the design and development of real-time dance, music, and multimedia applications. http://www.infomus.dist.unige.it/eywindex.html
digital spaces? levitation grounds hinterding and haines http://www.sunvalleyresearch.com
new spaces for enactment? a completely new approach to online/virtual performance, theatre and storytelling is in development. http://www.upstage.org.nz/ upstage (nz)
fear of the unknown “ the birth of a new medium of communication is both exhilarating and frightening. any industrial technology that dramatically extends our capabilities also makes us uneasy by challenging our concept of humanity itself.” janet horowitz murray “ hamlet on the holodeck”
“ what about my f***ing job??!!” many drama teachers seem to hold a fear that engaging with technology will change the fundamental nature of their work with students.
“ what about my f***ing job??!!” this is an area where i.c.t. specialists* can work to alleviate the fears. ( * interaction designers, programmers, game designers, etc)
drama as a frame for exploration? where else in school do we get to ask questions and explore the human implications of “cyberculture” ?
drama creates new metaphors? drama works explicitly with metaphor – we need new metaphors to accommodate new technologies http://peace.saumag.edu/faculty/Kardas/Courses/CS/spratt.htm
a vehicle for inclusion? physical, social and emotional limitations might be challenged by engaging with technology
the place of drama teachers drama education game design interaction design network design programming hypertext writing digital storytelling mobile networks interface design virtual spaces console games
the scope of our teaching it is possible we may need to redefine our function as drama teachers. where else will students explore the implications of the virtual?
how will I design my research? <ul><li>practice-led research </li></ul><ul><li>action research cycle </li></ul><ul><li>reflexive praxis </li></ul>
research questions <ul><li>how can the use of new technologies in process drama support learning where students can develop understanding of the various “dimensions of human experience” </li></ul><ul><li>to what extent can drama “humanise” the existing and emerging interfaces? </li></ul><ul><li>can the use of digital technologies add to traditional process drama by allowing it to meet the demands for public performance faced by drama educators? </li></ul>
research outcomes <ul><li>identify the poetics of a technology-mediated (“new media”) context for process drama; </li></ul><ul><li>articulate a new pedagogical vision that addresses the needs and demands of a rapidly expanding “creative economy” and yet maintains the critical underpinnings of traditional process drama; </li></ul><ul><li>create and demonstrate, in practice, a prototype model of “new media” process drama that accommodates the dual modes of participation and performance; </li></ul><ul><li>generate a procedural model for drama educators that will allow redaction and repurposing to their own context and content requirements; </li></ul><ul><li>model the requisite leadership qualities for facilitating “new media” process drama. </li></ul>
how will I conduct my research? identify key design features and poetics evaluate and reflect upon creative practice develop process drama pretexts develop typology of technologies and taxonomy of effectiveness for drama implement a technology-mediated process drama using pretexts audit technology
how will my research contribute to knowledge? <ul><li>provide a practical model to be used by other educators </li></ul><ul><li>guidelines for developing new models </li></ul><ul><li>define the poetics of the new form </li></ul><ul><li>improve education </li></ul>
looking forward drama / i.t. nexus will be a site where other learning areas will come to engage with a playful (game-inspired) process drama using a range of networked technologies