Get physical behind the computer
ROB THIELE is an expert at using technology to motivate teenagers to learn.
Physical education may not conjure up images of students in front of computers, but Mr Thiele has incorporated technology into his teaching of the subject at Aldridge High School.
His work was recently recognised when he was awarded a Regional Smart Classrooms Teacher Award from the Department of Education.
The award recognises teachers’ efforts to improve student learning opportunities through the use of ICT in the classroom.
They also acknowledge teachers who have made significant progress in making ICT integral to learning and who are committed to ongoing professional development.
Mr Thiele developed a Year 10 biomechanics unit focussed on the analysis of sporting movements using video and computer-based analysis programs.
An online learning environment added to the excitement of learning in his classroom.
Mr Thiele said he believed it was imperative for teachers to stay abreast of technology changes in order to meaningfully engage students who were already comfortable with the use of information technology.
Three awards are presented in each of Queensland’s seven education regions by the Department of Education and Training. Each winner receives a $1500 professional development grant that can be used to attend conferences or courses that extend their understanding of applying ICT in education.