Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My GAME Plan for Teaching

It is becoming evermore clear that students need to work in unison more consistently with the advances in technology to be effective going forward.  It is critical that they learn how to use these tools appropriately so they can be a model of the 21st Century learner.  As crucial as their understanding is though, it can be very difficult today for students to get an appropriate education with us as teachers learning how to incorporate these tools into our instruction.

After examining the National Education Standard for Teacher (NETS-T), I realized that as a physical education teacher and emphasis and focus must be placed on meeting these standards or they could perhaps be forgotten.  There is no question that I am innovative in my lessons, or teach ideas that are aimed to last a lifetime, but often times, technology is left out.

One area where I feel I must improve in order to meet the NETS-T standards deals with the designing and development of digital age learning experiences and assessments.  I feel I really struggle in my pre-lesson attempts to incorporate technology that may be beneficial so it is my goal to at least consider the technological options that I have, particularly in the assessment area.  There are options available for me to incorporate assessment tools that are atypical to standard physical education grading but by utilizing tools such as video assessing, my students can gain from this step.  One reason I do not videotape often is that I usually use my camera, which is old and bulky, so I will use the one available from the library that is very small as well as digital, which will speed up the turnaround time of the assessment.  Hopefully from this action I will find that I can chart an increase in student activity and competency.  I also plan to research how other physical education teachers have utilized video assessment and what minor details I can pick on for improvement.

Another area that I recognize needs improvement is promoting or modeling digital citizenship.  I do not often use PowerPoint presentations, but when I do the respect for copyright is never given.  It is my goal to make sure I am not being hypocritical to what I expect out of the students, so my action will be to include the source on any copyrighted work that is used.  Additionally, I will need to maintain legal use of any video I record going forward; rarely do I share it but even so, I would need to gain permission.  With my PowerPoint presentations, I usually just rush through them or reuse slides year after year; in this area it will be on me to proofread each not just for grammatical errors but for plagiarized content as well.  Once again, the only way to get students to learn correctly is to conduct myself correctly, and this awareness is a big part of it.

I would expect that others of you out there share the same struggles and that we can all work together to meet these standards.

International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). National education standards for teachers (NETS-T). Retrieved from


  1. Hey Rich, technology integration into assessment strategies is an area I have been trying to "tune up" myself. The video assessment strategy has proven to be beneficial. Students love watching themselves on TV! I feel like my students think much more critically about their performance when they can break it down on film. They seem to grasp the overall game strategies much quicker this way compared to the typical classroom demonstration. If you do not have a quality recorder at your school, we do one available to us at the Greece learning center. I have used it a couple of times. It is easy to use and provides a quality picture.

    Video analysis provides a great resource as a assessment tool. I will be looking to add a couple more assessments that value the use of technology. Fitnessgram has been helpful in tracking fitness scores, I wonder if there is a way we can take this program a step further to analyze student performance in other areas?

  2. Richard,
    I am curious to know how you may use video to assess your students. I can see how it could be used as a teaching tool, but I was wondering if there was a specific lesson you had in mind for using it. I think it's a good idea, and like you, I am looking for ways to integrate technology into physical education classes.

  3. Richard,
    It seems that digital assessments are becoming more popular. More assessments are heading to becoming digital. Video assessments are a great way to see your students’ performance and track their progress. It is also a good tool for the students to look back on their own performance. It helps to put their performance into perspective so that they can see their weak areas to work on.

    I believe that we as teachers, we do get caught up in everything we have to do and tend to overlook the importance of copyrighted works. After all, we are role models for the students and we need to be teaching them the importance of how to properly use information that is copyrighted. If the students see us using it and not abusing it, they will then take on that responsibility. I think teachers are afraid of looking “bad” in front of their students and try to avoid areas of technology. Everything is a learning process and with the help of other colleagues and students, we can all learn together.