Title

“Wow, I Didn’t Realize I do That?!:” Using Emergent Technology to Develop Pedagogical Skills in PE Student-Teachers

Poster Number

20

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Research suggests that obesity rates and associated health problems such as diabetes are rapidly increasing in the US (world health organization, 2000,2008). In addition, studies identify declining physical activity rates amongst our youth (world health organization, 2004). Physical education (PE) teachers are on the front lines of these health battles and can play a crucial role in developing life long physical activity habits and healthy lifestyles in future generations of Americans. However, to do so they need to be proficient in a) the identification and implementation of effective teaching strategies b) the design of appropriate lesson plans that address the national standards in PE and c) reflexive teaching practices. This poster explores the use of emergent technology (iPod nano) to develop and improve these pedagogical skills in a sample of 26 elementary PE student-teachers. Over the course of three months I filmed 52 teaching episodes conducted by my participants. They then watched and critiqued their teaching episodes using the ipod footage to identify strengths and weaknesses in their teaching performance My preliminary findings suggests that the use of emergent technology in this capacity has assisted student teachers in identifying and implementing effective teaching strategies, designing more appropriate lesson plans and reflexive teaching practices. In so doing, my research argues that emergent technology can contribute to the production of teachers who are able to cope with diverse PE environments and, more significantly, help address the needs of the current health climate.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

Start Date

1-5-2010 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2010 12:00 PM

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“Wow, I Didn’t Realize I do That?!:” Using Emergent Technology to Develop Pedagogical Skills in PE Student-Teachers

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

Research suggests that obesity rates and associated health problems such as diabetes are rapidly increasing in the US (world health organization, 2000,2008). In addition, studies identify declining physical activity rates amongst our youth (world health organization, 2004). Physical education (PE) teachers are on the front lines of these health battles and can play a crucial role in developing life long physical activity habits and healthy lifestyles in future generations of Americans. However, to do so they need to be proficient in a) the identification and implementation of effective teaching strategies b) the design of appropriate lesson plans that address the national standards in PE and c) reflexive teaching practices. This poster explores the use of emergent technology (iPod nano) to develop and improve these pedagogical skills in a sample of 26 elementary PE student-teachers. Over the course of three months I filmed 52 teaching episodes conducted by my participants. They then watched and critiqued their teaching episodes using the ipod footage to identify strengths and weaknesses in their teaching performance My preliminary findings suggests that the use of emergent technology in this capacity has assisted student teachers in identifying and implementing effective teaching strategies, designing more appropriate lesson plans and reflexive teaching practices. In so doing, my research argues that emergent technology can contribute to the production of teachers who are able to cope with diverse PE environments and, more significantly, help address the needs of the current health climate.