Course Reflection

Instructional Technology has come to an end, and I have had the opportunity to thoroughly reflect upon my experiences through this course.  I regret some of the academic decisions I made during the course, but I have also made many educational technology relevations, and ultimately became very excited about using some of this new technology in my future physical education classroom.  Before taking this class, my experience with technology consisted of using the computer to complete word processing documents, creating PowerPoint presentations, and finding research on the Internet.  I thought all classroom teachers occasionaly used technology in their classrooms, but I had the assumption that physical education teachers had no need for presenting technology to their students.  However, I learned that this is certainly not the case.  I learned many applicable things in this course, including how to professionally collaborate with other teachers through the use of sites such as Twitter, how to incorporate alternative presentation technologies such as Animoto, and Spiderscribe into physical education instruction, and how to develop and refine professional Project-Based Learning assignments.  My “aha” moments in this class came with each application of how to incorporate new technologies into the usually technology-free PE classroom.  Ultimately, my opinions regarding technology in PE changed as well.  I no longer view the PE classroom as an environment where technology is not needed, but as a place where students should have the opportunity to learn as much as possible.  I believe that traditional PE teaching methods cannot offer students this incredibly important aspect of education without incorporating the use of technology.  I also now believe that PE is possibly the subject that can benefit greatest from the use of technology.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to complete this course.  It certainly altered my views on educational technology, and it ultimately helped me develop and alter my previous educational principles and ideals.  I think I will be a much better teacher because of this course!

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After reading Chapter 7, I had the opportunity to reflect upon my current PBL site.  The chapter offered many important insights that will certainly implement my current project.  This particular chapter offered advice to teachers that I had not considered before creating my initial framework.  Mainly, the textbook posed questions that teachers should consider when implementing technology into their projects.  These questions include considerations such as, “Is technology helping students reach learning golas?  Is technology helping students stay organized?  Are students able to use technology to expand their horizons by connecting to outside experts or a broader community?  Is access equitable?”  When teachers ask themselves these questions, they can then assess their technology use, and can effectively create the best classroom learning, and collaborative environments.  After considering these questions, I then added additional technology usage into my project such as the creation of a project website, and blog, and the…

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Week 9 Reflection

After reading Chapter 7, I had the opportunity to reflect upon my current PBL site.  The chapter offered many important insights that will certainly implement my current project.  This particular chapter offered advice to teachers that I had not considered before creating my initial framework.  Mainly, the textbook posed questions that teachers should consider when implementing technology into their projects.  These questions include considerations such as, “Is technology helping students reach learning golas?  Is technology helping students stay organized?  Are students able to use technology to expand their horizons by connecting to outside experts or a broader community?  Is access equitable?”  When teachers ask themselves these questions, they can then assess their technology use, and can effectively create the best classroom learning, and collaborative environments.  After considering these questions, I then added additional technology usage into my project such as the creation of a project website, and blog, and the use of effective presentation techniques such as Animoto.  Ultimately, this chapter made me realize that I need to improve the aspect of bringing in outside experts. Up to this point,

Animoto

I enjoyed the opportunity to research and create an Animoto for this assignment.  I did not realize the full potential of Animoto in the classroom, and I found some great ways that all teachers could utilize this awesome technology.  It has applications across the k-12 curriculum and it can be used to implement any subject.  It can also be a great substitute for PowerPoint, Biographies, field trips, digital story-telling, science projects, etc.  Here is my Animoto:

http://animoto.com/play/vQsPnBhnocHIgay6uPjjbg

I was very impressed with this technology.  It was very easy to use, and is definately accessible to most teachers.  This type of presentation is much more exciting than regular notes, or powerpoints, and would really get students excited about learning.  This type of technology would be awesome for students as well.  They could create countless projects through Animoto, and present them to their peers.  I wish I knew about Animoto earlier in my educational career!

However, I did find some drawbacks.  I was not able to complete my Animoto on my computer because my internet was not up to date.  I had to do it on my Ipod.  At the same time, I could only have 12 slides since I did not pay for the full subscription.  If a teacher were to utilize this technology, then they would need to fully plan with the administration to ensure that every student could fully complete an Animoto to the best of their ability without having to pay.  If a teacher and administration worked these two things out, then I think Animoto in the classroom would be an extremely effective, and fun teaching tool!

Jing Screencast

Creating this screecast was easier than I thought.  I was nervous about downloading the program, and recording a video, but it was easy, and enjoyable.  I think you could use this technique very easily in any educational classroom.  In my screencast, I presented a video of an application that I would use in my proposed project.  This application would allow students to create teams, post stats from physical education games, and provide the opportunity for students in the fitness program to collaborate and work together to build the most positive fitness program possible.  Check out the link:http://screencast.com/t/Zgw5kzYT

Glog #1

http://www.glogster.com/brandawg/unfinished-glog-1/g-6lo0jrgujcbgt4i8o6ed3a0

I enjoyed making this glog, and I think this technology could have a huge place in the classroom.  Every teacher could utilize this technology, and it is certainly fun and enriching. This type of technology would get the kids excited about doing the assignment, and it really fosters creativity.  I will definately use glogs in my future classroom.

Project Based Learning in PE

http://whatworks.wholechildeducation.org/blog/project-based-learning-and-physical-education/

In searching for relevant physical education PBL (Project Based Learning) projects, I have discovered some amazing projects that would be very beneficial for high school students.  One project that particulary interested me involved creating physical fitness programs for middle school students.  The high school students would be challenged daily to ensure they were creating the most effective and beneficial program for middle school students.  I find this project to be very relevant to our society today, and it certainly presents some “big ideas” to both high school and middle school PE participants.  These ideas include the importance of physical activity not only through school, but through daily lives, creating fitness programs can help an individual practice physical fitness, and the ideas of collaboration, teamwork, and role modeling are also presented through this project.

This project also addresses the physical education standards.  The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) presents six standards for current physical education.  These include: #1 “Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.” #2 “Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.” #3 “Participates regularly in physical activity.” #4 “Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.” #5 “Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.” And #6 “Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.”  This PBL project effectively addresses all of these content standards.

After reflecting upon this project, I have realized that the concepts covered in this project play a direct role in the lives of high-schoolers everywhere.  These concepts matter because living a healthy life consists of staying physically active and fit.  By creating these plans, the students have given themselves the opportunity to continue staying active through their own personal fitness programs.  This fact has huge real-world relevance.  This project also addresses several levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Students are engaged through the levels of Analyze, Evaluate, and Create.  The students creating the fitness programs have to analyze several factors including age of the middle school student, previous physical activity trends, demographic groupings, and motivations.  After considering these aspects, students will create the fitness program.  They will design their own personal program that will be given to a middle school student.  After doing this, they will have the opportunity to evaluate their program, and decide if they have given a specific middle school student the best possible chances of succeeding.  At the same time, this PBL project has many 21st-century skill applications as well.  Physical activity and fitness is a literacy in our world today.  It is imperative that individuals stay fit in order to reverse the current trends.  The project also gives students the chance to collaborate with younger students, effectively applying teamwork skills.

Personally, I would have found this PBL project to be very fun and interesting.  There are several aspects of the project that I think students would find very interesting.  The high school students have the opportunity to choose a certain skill, or sport to then develop further fitness goals.  I would have found the opportunity to learn more about a certain sport to be very interesting.  Seeing their plans implemented in a middle school PE classroom would be very interesting and gratifying for students as well.  I was impressed with this project and would certainly be interesting in using it in my future classroom.  It also has many connections with what we have learned so far.  It would be very easy to require students to interview professionals through skype to gain new information, and gaining information through the internet would be very helpful for this project.  This PBL is very interesting and would be a great project to implement in a high school physical education class!