Orienteering and the use of Technology

Trainee teachers of physical education learnt more about ways in which technology can enhance the teaching of orienteering. More traditional versions of orienteering can be more appealing through the use of technology – especially if pupils are allowed to use their mobile phones or school devices within physical education lessons.

Trainees learnt more about photo orienteering, the use of QR codes and the use of data collection packages which collect all relevant and programmable information from participants to be quickly shared and recorded.

The participants wear a specified card on their finger, which they present to each of the control point markers and information is stored on a central computer. The software allows data to be registered, such as split times and time taken between control points, as well overall time to complete the course.

PGCE and School Direct Route Leader for Physical Education, Dr Gary Stidder said: “Adventurous activities such as orienteering taught on a school site are primarily associated with developing technical, intellectual and social skills through direct experiences of overcoming challenges, and sharing decisions without the need to take pupils away from the school environment.

“By integrating the use of technology it can promote the development of cross-curricular teaching whereby pupils can improve their own learning and performance, improve their literacy and numeracy skills, and work with others to solve problems and make decisions using the most up to date technology.”

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