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Utilizing Multimedia Database Access: Teaching Strategies Using the iPad in the Dance Classroom

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Journal of Dance Education Volume 16, Number 4, ISSN 1529-0824


This article presents action research that identified iPad tablet technology-supported teaching strategies in a dance classroom context. Dance classrooms use instructor-accessed music as a regular element of lessons, but video is both challenging and time-consuming to produce or display. The results of this study highlight how the Apple iPad tablet device can be used in the dance classroom for efficient digital media access as well as custom instructional video production. Three technology-supported teaching strategies--mobile small group demonstration, large group demonstration, and student-controlled playback and practice activities--were identified and described as part of this iPad implementation study. In theory, dance educators could enhance and extend their classroom practice using these new strategies or components of them. In practice, technology-supported teaching strategies require preparation time and appropriate classroom management techniques to be successful. Further research on efficient dance video segment creation and the benefits of those segments is needed.


Ostashewski, N., Reid, D. & Ostashewski, M. (2016). Utilizing Multimedia Database Access: Teaching Strategies Using the iPad in the Dance Classroom. Journal of Dance Education, 16(4), 122-128. Retrieved October 30, 2020 from .

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