Memorial Elementary School physical education teacher, Jenny Pascarelli is knee-keep in her obstacle course unit. The unit is designed to challenge students physically and engage them mentally.
The unit is a blended learning unit which encapsulates Natick’s instructional model expectations–take the best of traditional instructional practices and enhance and extend our reach with that practice through the use of digital resources.
pictures like the one above hearken back to obstacle courses we have all enjoyed in our “more traditional” educational experience. In Ms. Pascarelli’s class, however, each station has instructional tips and guides along with student challenges which students access through QR codes (definition of a QR code: a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone). Students use devices to self-direct and tailor their learning to their particular physical and engagement level. Student videos are triggered by the codes (and star the students themselves doing activities and giving guidance/teaching to each other.
Pictured above is an example of the QR code/video station. Next to that is the kayaking session where students are guided by Ms. P’s go-pro camera kayaking excursion. Students are asked to mimic the physical rowing and maneuvering done by her in the video for a total body workout. This type of digitally enhanced activity is interspersed with more traditional fitness tasks. Dr. Nolin is picture enjoying the rope pull trolley below:
Want to see more innovative lessons with digital enhancements? Check out Ms. P’s twitterfeed: @jepascarelli!