Help me give my students wireless speakers for our iPods and iPads so my students can hear their work.
My students are from very different backgrounds. My two schools are both in Anchorage, AK where it can be very hard to get out and be active in the winter. They are Title 1 schools where all students receive free lunch due to economic disadvantages. They value being active and treasure having new and engaging learning experiences. They struggle at times with not having enough time to move or enough knowledge in learning how to be active in a way that suits them. I am trying to instill in them the power of being active throughout their lifetime and to teach them that being active can be fun if they find an activity that they enjoy. My mission is to teach physical literacy to my students and give my fellow educators the tools to help make time in the classroom active as well.
There are many ways for students to learn the same skill in physical education. I like to provide options for my students to learn in my classroom. One way is for students to view videos on an iPad/iPod that I have created, downloaded, or had other students create. The downfall to this is the students cannot hear the video on their device when we are all in the same space doing a variety of noisy activities including bouncing balls, swinging jump ropes, laughing and having fun.
The mini Bluetooth speakers will keep students actively engaged in the activity they are learning and better utilize my students time in class.
They will be able to see and hear the videos being played on their device. I will be able to hand a small group a device and speaker that they can learn from. They will be utilized in our Rhythms unit, "How To" videos, as well as where any other differentiated instruction is needed.
We will be going into our rhythms unit where my class will get to choose to learn drumstick fitness, basketball dribble to Let's Get It Started, Stepping, cup song/rhythms, or jump rope routines. Basketball will be a popular one. All those bouncing basketballs will make it impossible to hear the instructions for the rest of the activities.
This is just one of many units where the speakers will come in handy. My older students will be creating "How To" videos of a skill of their group's choice. They will need to be able to view and hear their video while they are editing it. Right now, they would have to listen to it one at a time. This is not the best use of time or keeping students actively engaged.
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