By: Jabet Wheeler
In today’s technology age, PE instructors not only need to be sound in skill development and content knowledge, but also techno-savvy to support the new approaches to learning. Regardless of the mixed reviews regarding the value of “distance” or “online” courses we can be assured that there will be more and more school districts adopting these practices. There is also a plethora of other technology uses that have crept into the gymnasium including; teaching from tablets, recording student fitness scores on your smart phone, utilizing the newest activity and heart rate monitors, interactive video activity leaders and on and on…
To be competitive in the Physical Educator job market and highly evaluated in our own positions, in addition to modernizing our curriculum, we also need to make sure that the Physical Education profession is up to date on how to meaningfully integrate technology in support of student learning. We need to become more purposeful; be content experts AND be technically sound.
We’d love to hear some of your “winners” and “losers” in bringing technology into your Physical Education classes so we can all learn from each other’s successes and avoid the mistakes. Are you embracing new technology and why or why not? Share some of your recent experiences and tell us how they worked out.