To be honest, as a “veteran”, okay…. “old” teacher, the idea of incorporating technology into my existing PE curriculum seemed a bit overwhelming and complicated. I was getting pressure to update my lessons from my younger colleagues, the district, and not to mention, my students! What was wrong with the old way I was doing things? Well, it was just that, old and outdated. Yes, I got the job done, but I realized by adding the technology component into my lessons, I was now able to attract our millennial students by providing a method of learning in which they are accustomed to.
Below are the three areas in which I use technology in my PE classes. I hope you give these technology tips a try! As I am a lifelong learner, I plan on adding many more areas to this list.
I use a stereo/pedometer cart with a PA and auxiliy cord for my iPhone. The PA is hooked to mounted speakers on the wall using 1/4” jack speaker cords.
I use Apple Music. But other sources like Spotify, Sound Cloud, and Pandora are free!
Creating playlists helps me organize my lessons and transitions (yoga, power circuits, tabata mixes, weight room jams, adaptive PE “fun” music, holiday, etc.).
I use my Apple iWatch as a remote to allow me to move about the gym freely. This allows me to start, stop, or change a song in music on my iPhone, which is on the cart.
I use the Tabata Pro app to easily create music intervals while using a timer for circuits.
I also use a smaller portable Bluetooth device to take my music outside.
Physical Educator at Mesa High School
Former Physical Educator at Arizona State University-Polytechnic Campus
Arizona Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
NASPE Southwest District High School Teacher of the Year
Creator of a cutting-edge fitness program and the Mesa High Elite Fitness Club
Coached varsity volleyball, track, cheerleading and strength and conditioning at Mesa High School