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Following on from last week’s discussion regarding bringing the indoors out, this week I took to exploring the world wide web, to see what I could find about the topic “smart boards in PE”. I was interested in gauging how this particular technology has, or is being, used in the PE classroom.  So I did some research…

In their article Appropriate Use of Instructional Technology in Physical Education, The National Association for Sport and Physical Education in America identified that “technology such as projection systems, smart boards and wireless transmission (Wifi and Bluetooth) allow for the display and transfer of information far beyond the traditional chalkboard”.  Now, I wouldn’t exactly call this sentence a particularly groundbreaking discovery, but the article makes some good points.  After reading on, the importance of setting up or implementing technology in a way which didn’t limit students physical activity time on task was emphasised. Well that seems obvious enough, right?

Wrong.

I later found another article by Marc Prensky (the same author from my first ‘Digital Natives’ blog), who spoke about how teachers were not adapting to the presence of new technology in their classroom. Unsurprisingly in one particular study, technology was seen to have a negative influence on students, as a result of non-adaptive teachers.  Both Prensky and The National Association for Sport and Physical Education allude to the importance of teacher planning and preparation when it comes to technological integration into the PE classroom.

After some more searching, I came across a Wikispace page from my “smart boards in PE” google search.  This page highlighted the benefits of this technology across a number of subjects.  In terms of PE, the following benefits were suggested: being able to demonstrate particular sports visually; drawing diagrams (for example of proper technique); students being able to physically write, not type, information up on the board; viewing videos or photos; utilising computer applications to explain/analyse a skill, play, or technique; increasing student engagement and participation in class through an interactive technology; combining audio and visual presentation; and finally, viewing paper ‘worksheets’ electronically to increase time efficiency.

Next, I went onto YouTube to see what videos had been made about “technology in PE”.  YouTube informed me there were about 162,000 results.  After narrowing my search to “smart boards in PE”, there was a reported 5,420 results. On the first page of this search, I found a video which nicely demonstrated some of the ideas presented on the Wikispace page.  The video is only about a minute long, so take a quick look and see what you think…

At first, search result numbers may appear unimportant; however I soon realised that these particular search numbers told an interesting story. It appeared that of all of the 5,420 results relating to “smart boards in PE” were still looking at smart boards in the context of a theoretical, indoor PE classroom.  As mentioned last week, we are yet to integrate this technology into the outdoor setting.

Though finally, I thought I’d leave you with another video.  It doesn’t exactly relate to smart boards or technology in PE, but shows an interesting direction for future technology on a whole.  Perhaps we should be thinking about whether any of these concepts could eventually be apart of our PE classes?

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