Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Crooms Academy Builds Technology-Rich P.E. Curriculum

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Crooms Academy Builds Technology-Rich P.E. Curriculum

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In pushing for increased technology funding in schools, administrators seem more comfortable backing core subjects such as math and reading where the benefits are obvious. However, Crooms Academy of Information Technology (www.cait.scps. K12.fl.us), a magnet high school in Florida, is one of the few schools to realize the benefits of technology in another area that has faced drastic budget cuts--physical education.

"Math, science, reading, writing, technology and learning about cultural diversity are skills and lessons that are positively reinforced daily through a personal fitness course," says Cindy Snyder, a P.E. and health teacher at Crooms Academy.

Realizing these benefits, Crooms Academy successfully created a technology-rich P.E. curriculum, which required overcoming various challenges along the way. For instance, while Crooms Academy had received a large technology grant, use of its funds was not specified for P.E. So, Snyder asked for and received her administrators' support to dedicate technology funding to the P.E. program. This funding, along with two additional grants she applied for, helped Snyder overcome a major obstacle.

The other major challenge was how to make the students active. Equipped with laptops from the school, Crooms Academy students are constantly using technology campuswide. …

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