Blended Learning in K-12 Education: A Case Study for Teaching Athletics in Physical Education

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Kyriakidis George
Teacher of Physical Education
Ippodromiou 74, Thessaloniki, Greece

Papadakis Spyros
Adjunct Faculty, Open University of Cyprus
Epirou 19, Patras, Greece

Abstract: The implementation of blended learning methodologies, founded in the use of the World Wide Web in primary and secondary education, opens new horizons in class management, in designing technology-based courses, and in providing differentiated tutoring as well as personalized support. Blended learning means a merging of activities that happen inside and outside the classroom, but also includes activities that are carried at a distance. In this paper, is investigated as a case study, the effect of implementing a set of lessons using the method of blended learning, on the cognitive level of students of primary and secondary education, in Physical Education (PE) courses. The lessons were designed based on the goals of the course in the subject of athletics and were introduced into the school's hourly scheduled time for the course. In relation to the matter of distance mentioned above, as well as learning through the use of technology, four sequences of learning activities were developed using the Learning Management System (LMS) LAMS (Learning Activity Management System), which operated in integration with LMS Moodle. The theoretical framework, the methods of teaching and assessment that were applied as well as the tools that were used for sequence development are described. Their implementation was in accordance with the school's schedule. The results showed a statistically significant case for blended learning, compared to traditional teaching.

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