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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.

 

References

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

11 Responses to Home

  1. Mark

    Nice page. Your vision is the type of thinking that can really serve as a solution to childhood obesity. If I may, I recommend taking the “my” out of your mission statement, and simply make it “the”…..so it appears to be written for all to see publicly…..just a thought.

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  9. TO

    I think The Future of Physical Education | Fitness for the Future is a great blog post and you do a nice job of posting with good details. Tommie – http://www.ep2p4u.com

  10. Mr Fernandes

    Post your reflections here

    Did you enjoy the class this semester? Why or why not?
    Wast the teacher clear and effective when teaching?
    Share one thing you learned
    Share one thing you might change about the class or a specific unit
    What advice would you give to a 8th grader taking this class next year?

  11. Rob

    1- I enjoyed the gym class this semester. It was fun and i enjoyed the activities we played.
    2- the teacher was always clear and effective when teaching.
    3-I learned that in tennis the back line is called the baseline and the space between the service line and the baseline is called no-mans land.
    4-One thing I would change about the class or specific unit is that we would go outside more.
    5-I would tell the eight graders to always change for gym class and to participate. If you don’t then it will affect your grade a lot.

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