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Educate students in mind and body—and optimize their success. There is no issue today that gets more attention and incites more debate than children’s use of technology. Technology offers exciting new opportunities and challenges to you and your students. Meanwhile, movement is essential to learning—it increases mental energy and helps brain cells develop. But screen time often comes at the expense of physical activity. How do you choose? You don’t! This blended instructional approach combines kinesthetic teaching methodologies with technological resources to meet content standards, increase achievement and test scores, and enrich the learning process. Here you’ll find • A neuroscientific overview of the powerful brain-body connection • Step-by-step instructions for balancing movement and the use of technology in the classroom • Practical tools, templates, and vignettes to ensure successful implementation • Classroom management tactics and useful remedies for common problems Educating the whole child means promoting social, physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive growth. By joining two powerful teaching tools, you’ll prepare students for a bright future—in school and in life—while growing your instructional expertise as well.
Chapter 1: An Undeniable Shift
An Undeniable Shift
Movement and Technology: The Adversarial Relationship
Moving in Opposition
It’s quite paradoxical that in our past, our societal needs included maximum movement with minimal technology, yet today’s public demands are almost in complete opposition as technology is expanding and movement is diminishing. This technological transition is laced with immeasurable benefits! However, the educational direction that ultimately results from this adversarial movement/technology relationship is limiting the academic achievement of today’s learners while deteriorating their health and well-being. The concept of a blended teaching and learning approach that defines the balance between utilizing kinesthetic teaching methodologies and technological resources to optimize student learning and success is long overdue. Merging these two concepts promotes a classroom environment that meets content standards effectively, increases standardized ...