Five ways to integrate digital technologies into classroom drama

15:05 - 15:50

This seminar interrogates how our new technological and cultural landscape can be harnessed and put to productive use in drama teaching.

The digital revolution is changing the way children and young people, live, learn and play. Like it or not, it is at the heart of their social interactions, the way they discover and understand the world they live in and how they consume art culture – including drama.
This seminar interrogates how this new technological and cultural landscape can be harnessed and put to productive use in drama teaching. It will offer insights into how the behaviours of todays ‘digital natives’ offer synergies with established drama methodologies, rather than working in opposition to them. It will demonstrate five practical strategies and techniques by which any teacher can deploy readily accessible and commonplace technologies to add value to existing classroom drama. Relevant to both primary and secondary teachers, the seminar will explore the uses of tech in live performance, process drama and cross curricular learning. Some examples of applied and educational theatre company C&T's work in this field will be used to illustrate these benefits.
 
From whiteboards to smartphones, virtual reality to augmented reality, this session will demystify digital technology providing user friendly and accessible techniques anyone can use to enrich their drama.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, delegates should:

  • Understand the value digital technologies can add to classroom drama
  • Have seen demonstrated simple technologies that can be easily integrated into drama teaching
  • Have seen examples of drama activities and techniques that utilise technology
  • Be able to advocate to senior managers and budget holders the value technology can bring to drama teaching and attainment.

Suitable for Key Stages 2 to 5 and Higher Education.

Paul Sutton, C&T