Is all this Information Technology changing the dynamic between teacher and student in Physical Education? So far, a new paradigm seems to be slowly emerging, but gym courses are not likely to morph into heavily student-centered explorations in the place of physical activity in daily life for a number of reasons.
- In terms of fitness testing and exercise logs, the teacher remains a leader, testing students' fitness levels and actively instructing and encouraging students to become more aware of their daily physical exercise through the entry of data into their files. Although the computer application is certainly a student motivation, the teacher is following student progress and constantly dispensing information to help students make the link between their overall activities and their overall level of fitness.
- In terms of the design of individualized workouts using the new Resistance Training software, the teacher remains the expert in the execution of each individual exercise. Although each student can gain a reasonably good idea of the nature of the exercise to be performed, the teacher needs to observe the student on a regular basis to make sure that the exercise is being executed correctly and continues to be executed correctly. The wide variety of physical characteristics among students makes individual instruction a necessity.
There are changes happening. The software does make it much easier for students to work independently and it enables the teacher to circulate more and help them out during class time. Before using the software, it was difficult to provide each student with a personalized program in a class with 34 students. Now with the customized programmes, we can help students adapt a programme that meets their fitness needs. As the fitness industry becomes more popular, and students arrive with more firsthand fitness experience, these students are increasingly able to help the beginners out promoting limited yet valuable opportunities for peer instruction.
Information Technology is allowing us to meet our students' needs in a way that is more personal and concentrate our energies on helping our students realize their individual potential. Physical activity is not always in the framework of a team sport, and the addition of these software programs into our curriculum helps us to show even the most unmotivated student that they can have the satisfaction of succeeding in a physical activity in a way that is meaningful to them.