A fantastic analogy from Fletcher, 2006 that Ash used in his keynote regarding the use of technology in our instruction. I would like to ask what we, as PE teachers, can take away from this quote?
When you go to the hardware store to buy a drill, you don't actually want a drill, you want a hole, they don't sell holes at the hardware store, but they do sell drills, which are the technology used to make holes. We must not lose sight that technology for the most part is a tool and it should be used in applications which address educational concerns.
As the PEPLC innovation and technology teams push forward with their important discussions and learning, it becomes even more critical to evaluate and reflect on our current use of technology within our instruction in order to determine the effectiveness of our approach.
In no way am I saying that we are not using it properly at the moment. I have read and stayed on top of some great innovators in PE on Twitter (Joey Feith, Nathan Horne, Brendan Jones, Kelly Ann Parry, Jarrod Robonson, Mel Hamada and Ken Forde to name just a few).
I only ask that you consider, with a critical eye, how the use of technology can be enhanced in our PE programs in order to improve student learning. Thanks to Ashly Casey for his excellent keynote on the use of technology and its implications, both positive and negative on instructional practices in PE.