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ICT in physical education

 

ICT learning

ICT helps pupils learn in PE by promoting and developing ownership of their work and the directions they choose to take. This can have a positive effect on their motivation and degree of engagement in their work. It helps in their choice of learning style and so promotes greater independence.

Using ICT can help pupils to:

  • access, select and interpret information

  • recognise patterns, relationships and behaviours

  • model, predict and hypothesise

  • test reliability and accuracy

  • review and modify their work to improve the quality

  • communicate with others and present information

  • evaluate their work

  • improve efficiency

  • be creative and take risks

  • gain confidence and independence.

ICT can also encourage pupils to learn by providing opportunities to find out about and take part in PE-related activities, such as opportunities to view sports and dance in action.

For example, ICT can help pupils:

  • develop and enhance their abilities to think in different ways so that they can select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas, and evaluate and improve performance

  • collect, analyse and interpret data

  • take on a wider range of roles and responsibilities in PE, sport and dance settings

  • access a range of information sources to enhance knowledge in PE and its connections and applications in other areas of learning

  • access a range of information sources to enhance knowledge in PE such as anatomy, physiology, sport in society, health and wellbeing, and skills and techniques specific to activities

  • by supporting their understanding of the importance of PE and the importance of health, sport, and the performing arts in the culture of our society and the global community

  • access images of performance-enhancing knowledge of skill, strategy, choreography/composition, and physical training and conditioning

  • increase their awareness of the impact of ICT on the changing world.

ICT opportunities

Pupils should be given opportunities to apply and develop their ICT capability through the use of ICT tools to support their learning. Here are the opportunities to use ICT in the PE programme of study.

Key stage 1

6 Dance activities

Pupils could use videos of movements and actions to develop their ideas.

8 Gymnastic activities

Pupils could use videos of movements and actions to develop their ideas.

Pupils could use a concept keyboard to record the order of specific actions in their sequences.

Key stage 2

6 Dance activities

Pupils could use video recordings of their sequences and dances to compare ideas and quality.

Pupils could use video and CD-ROMs of actions, balances and body shapes to improve performance.

8 Gymnastic activities

Pupils could use video recordings of their sequences and dances to compare ideas and quality.

Pupils could use video and CD-ROMs of actions, balances and body shapes to improve performance.

10 Athletic activities

Pupils could use video and CD-ROMs of actions, balances and body shapes to improve performance.

Hardware and software

The most frequent uses of ICT to enhance learning in PE lessons will be hardware and software that facilitates: timing; audio and visual stimuli; recording results and visual images; feedback (both visual and through numerical data); and searching for and sharing information via the internet, databases and email.

Recommended hardware:

  • digital cameras with video and still facilities

  • TV monitors, screens and interactive whiteboards

  • projectors or players

  • sound systems with recording facilities

  • laptops or palmtops

  • stopwatches.

Recommended software:

  • data-recording software such as spreadsheets

  • analysis software

  • CD-ROMs

  • desktop-publishing and word-processing software

  • internet software.

For example, further information about heart rate monitors and other timing, fitness and health monitors can be accessed via the internet. Such information is crucial to learning in PE because it allows pupils to improve their analysis of patterns in performance and fitness but also increases awareness of health issues.

This content relates to the 1999 programmes of study and attainment targets.

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