Mission: Moving Forward
Technology surrounds us each and everyday. It continues to permeate every aspect of education and physical education is no different. Physical educators need to learn how to use this current and emerging technology as an advantageous tool in their classrooms rather than try to dismiss it. This site provides physical educators with the necessary tools and ideas to integrate technology into their classes as well as the latest technological advancements that could be useful in physical fitness. The site also helps students learn about new ways of staying physically fit that are exciting and digitally stimulating.
One of the biggest fears of a physical educator is to see tomorrow’s youth buried into their laptop or Xbox all day. They need to be able to have a positive relationship with technology by not neglecting the importance of physical activity and personal interaction. I am very aware of the importance of technology and understand how it can enable students to learn and express themselves in ways our parents never dreamed of.
Further, the benefits of using technology in physical education classes is apparent. In a study completed in July 2007, children were given the choice between three activity stations:
- Traditional games with no physical activity
- Exergaming stair step and cycle fitness machines on PlayStation 2
- Stair step and cycle fitness machines with no games connection
The following chart illustrates the excessive interest in active gaming.
The second chart below illustrates the calories that are burned through each different activity highlighting the ability of active gaming to burn excess calories.
This is just one example of the potential benefits of using technology in physical education and highlights the importance of this website to educate interested teachers on how and why to do this.
FuturePE.com will make possible an easier integration of technology into physical education. The adult-child relationship in education is changing. In other words, the traditional roles of adults as bearing the knowledge and passing it on to the children is somewhat skewed. With the Net-Generation upon us, some children know more about technologies than their adult counterparts. This is exactly why teachers need to continue educating themselves. The fact of the matter is that more and more children are losing motivation to exercise with the increasing number of technological distractions that they have. The goal is to teach physical educators how to use this same technology to encourage a healthy lifestyle and teach new ways of being active than what was previously thought. The website will also propose ways to overcome the financial and time barriers that incorporating this technology may pose. Overall, I strongly believe that technology and physical education need to go hand in hand and FuturePe can help to make this happen.
Research: exergaming 6 times more popular than exercise alone. (2008, October 12). Retrieved from http://exergamingpe.blogspot.com/2008/10/research-exergaming-6-times-more.html