Experts: Physical Education Can Help Kids in the Classroom

As kindergartner Kelly Garman rolls a yellow soccer ball on the floor between her outstretched hands, it slips out of her grasp and bumps into the radiator. "The ball keeps escaping from me," she tells physical education teacher Michael Sholansky, exasperation in her tiny voice. Sholansky gently rests his hand atop the kneeling girl's head, reminding her to keep her neck and head still as she tracks the ball with just her eyes. This kind of targeted physical activity, explains Sholansky, can improve peripheral vision and help better prepare Garman and her Denver Elementary School classmates for reading.

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Wearable Technology And Their Role In Health

Knudsen enthusiastically begins by posing the question “Do you even know what MinZ actually means?” – Before I get a chance to answer, he explains the good play on words is his term for “Minutes in the Zone.” As he continues, I come find out that an upcoming fitness franchise in the US has come up with the “Orange Theory,” which he loves for two reason. First and foremost, his favorite color is orange, and he can’t help but support the love for orange and fitness coming together. The more important reason why he like the Orange Theory, however, is the technology integration and transparency for participants to monitor their MinZ. The sensors we use, he explains, allow students to see when they are in their specific zones which allows him to quantify effort, not qualify it, which is one of the biggest mistakes happening in PE today.

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Using Technology in Physical Education

This easy-to-understand guide and reference book Using Technology in Physical Education provides complete information on how to use current technology to improve the quality of physical education classes. Designed specifically for teachers to make their teaching easier and more effective in the classroom, the book explains in simplified terms, and with the use of illustrations, how to evaluate and select from the many technological innovations on the market, and how to set up and use the equipment. It offers suggestions to teachers about how they can increase student participation by making their classes more fun, and how they can minimize the amount of time spent on tedious administrative work and maximize the time for quality instruction. The different types of technology covered include: fitness testing equipment, videocassettes and laser disc players, camcorders, computers and computer peripherals, telecommunications hardware and software, computer-assisted instructional software, and multimedia systems.

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Create Engaging Presentations With Free iPad Apps

Engaging an audience is an important part of getting your message across. If you're tired of your normal routine, try sharing information with your class or sparking a discussion with one of the free iPad apps in this post. Introducing a topic with embedded video clips and sharing graphics or images to convey information are some of the ways to keep students interested in content and engaged in your presentation. There are so many fantastic free iPad apps that are great for the classroom. Whether you have access to a single iPad for creating presentations or your students are creating their own presentations in a 1:1 or shared-device classroom, you'll want to add these to your must-have list!

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Standards Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education Edition 1 now $10

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Bonnie's Fitware Lesson Plans

Our lesson plans align to the National Physical Education Standards and Common Core. Provided in a database for easy searching and editing. The product is a site license, every teacher at a site may have his/her own digital copy. The lessons include specific links to grade level standards and unit level standards, assessments for each unit standard, skill and activity descriptions, and suggested exercises.

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Developing the Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum $9.95

  • Steps necessary to turn national/state exit and grade level standards into a usable curriculum
  • Selecting instructional units
  • Writing grade-level standards
  • Integrating other subject areas
  • Determining the yearly plan
  • Developing unit plans
  • Developing lesson plans
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Standards-Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education, 2nd edition $29.95

  • Aligning the assessment to the standard
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Choosing scoring systems
  • Creating rubrics
  • Designing a standards-based grading system
  • Creating student portfolios
  • Lots of examples!
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Creating a Standards-Based Physical Education Environment $9.95

  • Setting up the physical environment
  • Selecting facilities and equipment
  • Protecting yourself from liability issues
  • Working together as a department
  • Creating a student handbook
  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • Maintaining positive discipline
  • Developing social skills
  • Designing class rules and procedures
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Teaching Standards-Based Physical Education $9.95

  • Understanding students
  • Motivating students
  • Creating interesting and meaningful learning experiences
  • Looking at how students learn
  • Creating learning experiences that are brain-based friendly
  • Creating learning experiences aligned with motor learning research
  • Looking at how each student learns differently
  • Improving your teaching effectiveness
  • Planning each lesson
  • Using time effectively
  • Providing model demonstrations and explanations
  • Providing effective practice
  • Providing quality supervision and feedback
  • Treating students equitably
  • Choosing the appropriate teaching style for your learning outcomes and class
  • Using station teaching for effective instruction
  • Using cooperative learning for teaching motor skills and social skills
  • Working with limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Using effective reading and vocabulary teaching strategies
  • Working with students who are differently-abled
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17 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in PhysEd

With a new school year underway its always exciting to think of new and engaging ways to incorporate meaningful technology into your classroom. As discussed in earlier blogs, augmented reality is an incredible resource for physical educators. There are so many different ways it can be used to enhance student learning and comprehension as well as to streamline an educators workload. Below is a list I have created of 17 ways to use augmented reality within a physical education setting.

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