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Laptops in the drama classroom

Drama is an embodied collaborative art form that provides students with opportunities to make, perform and appreciate dramatic works. Students learn to manipulate the art form for different purposes and audiences through improvisation, playbuilding and performance. They learn to experiment with the elements of drama and explore different dramatic contexts, performance styles and theatrical conventions. Students learn to appreciate various drama works and processes as both creators of the drama and also as audience members. 

Laptops will open up new creative possibilities and ways of working for students and teachers. Some uses of laptops in the drama classroom could be to:

  • enable students to capture, document and reflect on their drama experiences both individually and collaboratively
  • support students in the making of their drama works and creative explorations of characters, stories and dramatic forms
  • enhance students’ research and reflection on making and performing drama
  • help students to create dramatic content such as scenes, videos and designs

Students can use their laptops in a range of ways for their drama class work. Using laptops students can record and edit dialogue, images, sound, music and video using webcams and software such as OneNote, Publisher, Photoshop Elements, Premier Elements and Audacity. They can document their writing and research in Word, Adobe Acrobat, OneNote and Powerpoint. Students can research theatre companies and practitioners as well as dramatic forms and plays from around the world using the internet.

Carolyn Mattick (North Sydney Girls High School) and Frances Curtis (Wollongong Performing Arts High School) have created some useful Year 9 teaching units for immediate use in your drama classroom. As you develop your own resources we would love to hear from you!


Teachers can find drama specifics FAQS (658kB) plus three examples (653 kB) of the ways in which laptops can be integrated into drama teaching practice. Teachers can find further information about using laptops in drama on the laptops in the drama classroom (654kB) notes page.



Drama student e-portfolio

Developed to support the 2010 Creative Arts Digital Education Revolution professional learning this e-portfolio shows how Year 9 students might create e-portfolios over a whole unit of work, stretching over a number of weeks. The example shows a mix of making, performing and appreciating drama as the student works through a term long unit on Commedia dell ‘arte. Constructed to show a mix of both practical and written work, the e-portfolio provides a space to capture and record the creative and reflective processes ‘on the floor’. The e-portfolio task sheet for students can be downloaded here with links to the Stage 5 Drama teaching unit found here.



Creating a character

These teaching resources for Year 9 drama students illustrate how students can use their laptops effectively when learning about realistic acting and scripted drama. A 6-week teaching program (688kB) is provided as well as a short tutorial (656kB) on how to set up a reflective Drama DiLog by creating a  OneNote notebook.


Playbuilding Theatre In Education

These teaching resources show how Year 9 drama students can use their laptops to learn about promotional design as they playbuild a Theatre in Education piece. A 10-week teaching unit (680kB) is provided that features practical activities alongside student use of Microsoft PublisherAssessment tasks (657kB)for use in the Year 9 classroom are also included.



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