Susan Krizmanich

Physical Educators Playing with Technology: Creating and Evaluating Motor Development Screencasts

According to the Beginning Physical Education Teacher Standards (NASPE, 2008), physical educators must utilize assessment and reflection to foster learning and inform instructional decisions. The goal of this study is to integrate a series of screencast activities as an innovative method to teach observation and assessment techniques. Assessment tools are typically taught in the abstract. By incorporating screencasts as a method of learning criteria for motor skills, students become more proficient in assessing skilled movement.

Effective teachers must be skilled in using a variety of assessment techniques. Research has demonstrated that there is a significant gap between assessment theory taught to pre-service physical educators and practice in the physical education setting. One of the most critical skills necessary in successful assessment is the ability to observe. Observational skills in physical education demand movement analysis and subsequent translation of this visual analysis into a series of criteria. The Test of Gross Motor Development II (TGMD II) provides criteria for motor skills taught to children in elementary school (age 3-10). In addition to the written criteria, a series of pictures are provided to assist the person performing the assessment. This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of pre-service physical educators utilizing screencasts of motor skills found in the TGMD II compared to pre-service physical educators who studied the images found in the TGMD II manual. The primary issue is whether pre-service physical educators who watch screencasts become skilled in observational techniques and thus are able to utilize these skills in the “real world” when observing children performing the TGMD II.

Faculty Mentor: Colleen Lewis, Movement Science

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