Upon beginning this technology journey in an EPE class, I thought that it was the least likely subject to include technology in! However, I have come to value not only the benefit of technology for teachers teaching Physical Education, but in this blog post on Participaction, I found the value that technology can have for students in Phys Ed, too!
Reflecting on my own physical literacy, physical activity, and self-education of all things exercise, I came to realize that I use technology frequently. Whether this is a video to learn how to safely execute a movement, digital plans that help me create a healthy workout plan for my body and current fitness level, networking through web pages to find a dragon boat team, or an app on my iPhone to keep track of the distance I’ve run, there are many ways that I use technology. So why can’t students?
The article that I mentioned earlier is great at including apps that can be used with students in a Physical Education classroom. I believe it really allows you to imagine the possibilities that you could incorporate into Phys Ed that make the learning truly lifelong and meaningful for students. The apps are awesome, and would absolutely engage students. Check it out! However, I question how practical some of these might be, and especially in early elementary. Do you agree or disagree? How might they be adapted to use in these younger grades, if they are not entirely appropriate for young students?