Blended Learning . . . for health and physical education.
Blended Learning (the "flipped classroom") is a formal education program in which a student, while attending a "brick-and-mortar" school structure, learns in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of control over individual learning style.
In physical education, students experience a balanced academic curriculum of lifelong fitness skills completing online lessons, assignments, and assessments outside class leaving more time for physical activity during class. The PE class becomes the "lab" where fitness lessons learned online can be put into practice.
In health education, blended learning enables teachers to bring Healthy Behaviors Outcomes (HBOs) to life through role-playing, project based learning (PBL), small group discussions, guest lecturers, and other engaging in-classroom activities.
(video primer on blended learning: 5 minutes)
The results are in. Teachers who use blended learning report:
- The ability to use technology without having to teach technology.
- Students have more control over the way they like to learn. Self-paced, self-directed, individualized learning.
- Students are more likely to achieve stated Student Learning Objectives (SLOs).
- Measured learning: the use of data analytics for teacher evaluation artifacts.
- More effective use of classroom time.
Additional reasons why eLearning is a game-changer for Health and PE:
- Less teacher time spent on creating, copying, distributing, and grading assignments.
- Relevant, engaging, and enjoyable learning experiences.
- Cross curricular with mathematics, language arts, social studies, and science.
- Replaces the need to buy textbooks.
- Accommodations and adaptations for IEP and ENL students.
For more information, contact:
Gary Lemke, iPEConnected Educator