“How do you teach health and physical education online?!” This is a question that the Virtual Elementary School team gets asked all the time. When planning our courses, we start by asking ourselves similar questions like, “How can we design online courses that are meaningful to students?” and “What technologies do we have to enhance the student experience outside of a traditional classroom?” Some subjects, like social studies and math, lend themselves well to the online format. But how do we design physical education courses and other more hands-on subjects online? Here are some of the ideas we’ve come up with over the years!
In the physical classroom, a hands-on teaching strategy might look something like this:
- Introduce a new skill like setting a volleyball.
- Watch and note that each student is using the pads of their fingers instead of the tips.
- Write down progress accordingly.
In an online setting, monitoring students directly and in real time is not an option, so our team needs to get creative. Let’s take a closer look at some of the tools we use to teach students how to set a volleyball as an example of our innovative approach to teaching physical education online.
At Virtual Elementary School, we strive to inspire a love of learning in our students, but also in the people who work so hard to create our course content. Our content developers and media team are always looking for new and fun ways to present lessons to students that remain relevant in our ever-changing world. We’re constantly upgrading, updating, and working to evolve our courses to give you and your learner the best experience possible.