When it comes to Physical Education, the expectation is it can only be taught in a gym or on a field. The truth is there are useful ways to implement technology into students’ physical education. The parameters of curriculum go far beyond the rules of sports and methods of exercise. In today’s fast-paced academic culture, where PE and health programs are often shoved to the back-burner, bridging the gaps with technology can help raise the pulse on a school’s entire program.
Teachers can integrate physical education and health with technology to help supplement activities in class. This can include online learning programs and online assessments. Using technology to teach PE also supports those students who are physically unable to participate in traditional PE activities. Students still learn valuable lessons without physical participation in the gym or on the field.
PE and Health components can be taught through digital content, covering a variety of physical education and health-related topics:
- Health & fitness fundamentals
- Personal health & fitness goals
- Introductions to a myriad of physical activities from walking, running and swimming, to competitive sports such as soccer, basketball, golf and racquet sports
- Mental & emotional health
- Family living & healthy relationships
- Nutrition & weight management
- First aid & safety
The key to a well-rounded PE program is teaching students in a variety of ways. Integrating online learning and technologies with traditional physical activities help students learn the concepts and topics that take them beyond a classroom. Technology can be the key to instilling healthy lifestyles and fitness in students as they grow.