Hebrews 12:1 "let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

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Fitness Tip of the Day

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Using Technology in P.E.

There are so many amazing technological advances out there right now, but how do we use them in a typical P.E. class? Most schools can't afford to have the very latest stuff in the numbers required for an average class: what now?

There are low cost options like pedometers, but with options like Wii Fit and Dance Revolution, who is going to be happy with a pedometer? Kids live in a world of Ipods and computers; how can we make this work for us in P.E. class?

There are some cool apps for Ipods that will help track your workouts, but good luck getting 25 of those! Any ideas?????


  1. Check with Nike....see if they have a Grant or program out there to purchase, lease, or rent Nike+ units and Ipods for PE classrooms. Be a great way for students to really know how far they are running. Check with Nintendo as well for Wii grants. Or even Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.

    If it is really something you are wanting to emphasize, getting grants will probably be the most sufficient way to accomplish this goal...
    or work small and collect Wii's over time using what funds you might have....maybe write a mini grant within your dsitrict how it will help and engage your students. It will probably require some leg work, but seems like a worthwhile project in the end.

    Have your students create their own game or activity for PE and then develop webpages, videos, Digital Story Telling, etc. about their game...not directly relating, but indirectly a way to log and maintain student ideas and creations using technology.

  2. There is a Presidential Fitness website where you can list your goals and enter your achievements---entire families and communities can get involved and cheer each other on. That is the only thing I can think of that uses technology...that is a tough one. Have you seen that website?

  3. An inexpensive tool to use in your classroom is a FlipCam. Put the students in groups (partners) and assign them something to act out, such as the correct basketball form, the correct situp, etc. Have one student film the others. Then, take the video file and use a video converter (like jodix.com) to create your very own podcast. Then, the students can view each others podcast. Just a thought....

  4. Moodle has been very successfully used in the Minneapolis Public Schools PE classes. I'm not a PE teacher but can put in touch if you have an interest in Moodle. Here's a link to an article about it http://thejournal.com/articles/2010/01/08/virtual-pe-no-sweat.aspx

  5. I love the idea of a podcast!!!! Cool way to let parents know what is going on in class. Not to mention that there is no better way to test for mastery of something than to have the kids teach it! I have used this in a low tech way before.....don't know why I didn't think of podcast.