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

Innovator

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

Innovator

Article excerpt

GET THEM MOVING

I want cur students to love being physically active, so I try to meat them where they ere, using technology as a bridge. A lot of people think that if kids are using technology, they're not moving. That's not the case. They all have the technology in their hands, and I want to help them use it to enhance their physical activity. So about five years ago, I told our educational technology specialist that I wanted to find ways to bring technology into physical education. We have a great tech department here, and each time I would say, "I've got another crazy plan," the staff would say, "Okay, let's try it."

ACTION STEPS

We have creative technology-related activities for our PE students at all levels. My youngest students make movies on the iPad after walking for exercise and taking pictures of the things they find starting with each letter of the alphabet. Lower-school students work out in the gym on Fitness Fridays, going from station to station and watching on the iPod each exercise as performed by older students so they know how to do it. Seniors make QR codes for our fitness center equipment to help others know how to position and use the equipment. I always have a pedometer, and the kids will ask, "What's your number today? How far have you gone?" I want them thinking at an early age that they need to be active. For the older students, we're using Coach's Eye technology to video their techniques as a way to analyze and help them improve in their sport. I've used Skype to connect globally, getting a tour of the USA House at the Winter Olympics and interacting with first-grade students in Dubai as part of a cultural exchange in which we had the kids design posters encouraging cur communities to be more physically active. …

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