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Infusing Technology into a Physical Education Teacher Education Program

Infusing Technology into a Physical Education Teacher Education Program
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Author(s): Joanne Leight (Slippery Rock University, USA)and Randall Nichols (Slippery Rock University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 15
Source title: Developing Technology-Rich Teacher Education Programs: Key Issues
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Drew Polly (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA), Clif Mims (University of Memphis, USA)and Kay A. Persichitte (University of Wyoming, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0014-0.ch027


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Technology is changing the way Physical Education is taught. From heart rate monitors and pedometers to podcasting, exergaming, and desktop applications, tomorrow’s teachers need to know how to infuse technology into their teaching. The use of technology in Physical Education can increase both student learning and teacher productivity. Courses in a comprehensive PETE (Physical Education Teacher Education) program can be divided into the following categories: Fitness related courses, Activity courses, Assessment courses, and Methods courses (including field experiences and student teaching). A strong PETE program will infuse technology into the course work in all four categories, in addition to a stand-alone technology course that introduces the various forms of technology that will be used in their future Physical Education classroom. This chapter will describe how to prepare future physical educators to utilize the myriad of technological options available in the field.

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