For this project, Trevor and I have decided to team up to design a blended-learning physical education course. While blended-learning isn't entirely new to either of us, utilizing it for phsy.ed definitely is! If you have any suggestions or feeback after checking out our prototype, please let us know.
Target Population and Student Demographic
The main population for this blended-learning course is Grade 8 students aged 13-14 years old. While we will be following the Saskatchewan Grade 8 Physical Education Curriculum, these activities could easily be adapted to meet outcomes in Grade 6 and Grade 7.
This blended course will utilize a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning, spanning a 3–4-week period. The modules will reflect a combination of physical activity and the completion of assignments through various technology tools. For the prototype, we will begin by dedicating 120 minutes per curriculum outcome as outlined by the Regina Catholic Schools time allotment. As this project is only a prototype, we plan to further develop these modules and address other indicators in the future.
This project will address all three strands of the Saskatchewan Grade 8 Physical Education Curriculum:
Assessment will be achieved using various educational technology tools, this includes, but is not limited to:
Consideration for Common Concerns
Since Phys. Ed is largely comprised of movement-based activities, it can be challenging to hold students accountable when face-to-face instruction is not possible. Through the development of lessons and activities, our hope is to leverage educational technology to keep students accountable and create meaningful assessment.
From our experience within very diverse buildings, we understand that there are challenges with online instruction for EAL learners. To address this, we plan to utilize subtitles in our instructional videos as well as make ourselves available to students through Microsoft Teams. In addition, detailed assignments using basic language will be posted in the OneNote.
In our online teaching experience, when Physical Education has been completed at the elementary school level, the primary focus is typically fitness related with minimal instruction and assessment. As this is a curriculum expectation, we feel that there should be more guidance as well as meaningful teacher-led instruction in this area. More importantly, we believe that it is essential for students to be active - even if they are participating in online learning. We want students to be aware that they can learn about their bodies and be physically active without access to a physical gymnasium. Through the use of a blended-learning course, we hope to demonstrate how educational technology tools can be utilized and integrated into a physical education classroom.