Can Technology Benefit Physical Education Classes?

Image via FitBit

Image via FitBit

Incorporating technology into K-12 classes is a big focus for schools now. From English to Science, technology is improving the learning process. But, how applicable is technology to physical education courses?

It can actually be a huge advantage. Technology shouldn’t have to stop when you enter the gymnasium. Here are a few ways your school could integrate tech into physical education courses.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD)

Many high school and middle school children now have a smartphone. While only a few years ago they were being banned from classrooms, they are now being used to the school’s advantage.

Using mobile apps to make physical scavenger hunts, to help kids track what they’re doing, and even as a personal stopwatch are all options that smartphones bring.

Physical Education Apps

There are a few awesome apps that are focused on physical education. Many involve things like picture and video analysis. You can examine physical movements, then critique and improve them with each student. An app called Coach’s Eye allows for in-depth observations by way of slow motion video.

A few other apps to consider integrating into any physical education program are:

  • Remind – Submits instantaneous communication via real-time or scheduled messaging. Reminders, emails or handouts as a group or individually are sent straight to the student’s phone.
  • Team Shake – Allows users to quickly and fairly create groups or teams.
  • Sworkit – Offers pre-built or customizable fitness blasts/circuits.
  • FIT Radio – Excellent resource for age-appropriate music.

Wearable Tech

How many people do you see everyday wearing a Fitbit? Wearable tech is another new technology that is sweeping the nation. It has completely altered the way we acquire and evaluate personal data. Many P.E. departments are taking note of the importance of daily feedback from activities, thus including heart rate monitors and pedometers in their programs. Students can track what they are doing and for how long right on their wrist. Cross-curricular associations can be made in areas such as mathematics, science and health.

As with inclusion of technology in any classroom, select a variety of teaching strategies and be open to nontraditional methods. Today’s students are incredibly open-minded and using technology helps deliver impactful, engaging lessons. If you can get your students excited about how technology can improve their health and lifetime fitness, then you’ve passed along an invaluable lesson that will serve them into adulthood.

(Story via The Tech Advocate)