Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Physical Education and Technology

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Physical Education and Technology

Article excerpt

This issue of CTE is unique In that it offers a glimpse at some exciting projects initiated by physical education teachers, who have been using technology to motivate their students to become active and healthy. Promoting good health and physical activity is not an easy thing to do these days. Students are faced with unlimited recreational activities that leave them sedentary. Kids have retreated indoors to play video games and surf the net. Indoors Is where the action is. Unfortunately!

Thankfully, there are physical educators who have picked up on this trend and have brought technologies of all kinds into their classrooms and gymnasiums. The use of electronic measuring Instruments to record data about student performance is an excellent motivational tool. Students can chart their progress and determine what kind of work they need to do to stay fit. The use of apps that assist us with diet and exercise modification is another convenient way to remain fit. One of my friends now logs her training mileage using a GPS app on her IPhone. She is able to tell the number of miles she traveled during a training run and where she slowed down or was on pace. A section of the app also combines total mileage for the week and month. She can now plan her mileage for race training based on the mileage she ran during a given week.

Many of the teachers who wrote for this issue demonstrated one of the key principles for successfully Integrating physical education with STEM subjects--they approached other teachers. …

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