Are schools seen to be out of touch with the digital age, especially Web 2.0?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to see whether schools are achieving High Quality Physical Education through the use of technological advancements, especially Web 2.0 in Physical Education lessons. The rationale for this study was based upon the educational worlds needs’ to understand technology such as Web 2.0 as an effective tool within the classroom. Web 2.0 is an extremely fresh concept within education; therefore this study brings innovative ideas surrounding a number of issues to achieve Education 2.0. For this study, five interviews were conducted as the main source of data collection (three female Physical Education teachers and two male Physical Education teachers). The data analysis led to two themes emerging; The effects of Web 2.0 in Physical Education lessons and The implications of technology in Physical Education lessons. Overall, the Physical Education teachers had a positive attitude to using technology in their lessons and believed that the technology would be beneficial to students in class, especially iPads and Interactive Whiteboards. However, a number of sensitive issues arose such as discrimination. These need to be addressed before implementing technology into Physical Education lessons. Due to there not being an extensive literature review surrounding Web 2.0 in education, this study looks at a number of issues such as gender trends using technology and the confidence of the teachers to use Web 2.0 advances to try grasp a number of surrounding issues in Education 2.0. The teachers interviewed believed that students would find Physical Education lessons more engaging when Web 2.0 was included. This study looks at why Physical Education Department’s may be becoming more technological advanced in the near future.
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