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|Submission Title:||Technology 2020|
|Submission Entry:||The year is 2020. The place is the gymnasium of Middle School USA, and a physical education class is about to begin. As the students walk across the gym, they turn to face a biometric device that conducts a retina scan and documents their presence. The students begin their warm up and fitness exercises, each following a hologram that demonstrates each exercise specifically for each student. The students have been learning tennis for the past several weeks, and today they will focus on the correct technique for the tennis serve. There are five learning stations set up around the gymnasium. The students, working in groups of four, rotate from one station to the next.
At Learning Station 1, students view a hologram of an Olympic athlete demonstrating the correct technique for the serve. The students, racquets in hand, mimic the hologram in order to connect the visual image and kinesthetic feeling to their brains. At Learning Station 2, a computer digitizes the students’ images as they replicate the tennis serve and provides them with immediate feedback on their technique. At Learning Station 3, students have the opportunity to hit a “real” ball. A recording device captures their image as they practice serving. Before proceeding to the next station, a computer again provides them with feedback regarding their technique as well as the speed and direction of the ball. At Learning Station 4, students have an opportunity to question a tennis pro, via an audio/video conference, about her serving technique and practice schedule. Learning Station 5 brings together all the skills the students have been working on during the last several weeks. The students use a virtual reality program that provides them with competition customized to their level of experience and their ability. At the end of class, the students pause momentarily on their way out of the gym to allow the teacher’s computer to upload data (vital signs, calorie expenditure, and heart rate data collected during the instructional period, along with movement data from the serving activities) from the sensors each student wears. The teacher’s computer analyzes the information and forwards a copy of the results to each student’s email account and to the teacher for review.