Pros and Cons of Technology in PHE

When debating whether incorporating technology in physical education is worth it or not, it is important to first look into some pros and cons of the implementation. This blog post is not made to sway anyone in a certain direction, but to provide you with information, on both sides of the spectrum, that help you make an informed opinion. There is lots of debate on whether technology is harmful or useful so below I will list examples of some of the pros and cons of technology in relation to physical activity.

Let’s begin with the pros:

  • Extending learning opportunities – Technology can extend learning opportunities through things like Google, GPS, and more. For example, students can use Google to find answers to physical health questions from a wide variety of topics. 
  • Expressing yourself and your feelings – Technology can be a way to express yourself in a healthy way whether it be through video games or a platform that the PE class uses to answer health related questions anonymously. 
  • Helps with physical progression through utilizing things like heart rate monitors and nutrition apps 
  • Helps reduce stress in (45%) of students
  • Improves confidence in (46%) of students
  • Improves efficiency and performance in (57%) of students
  • Helps better prepare students for class (67%) 
  • Incorporating administrative software helps students improve study habits and overall learning – By utilizing some form of platform (ie: google classroom) it can help promote organization and improve study habits
  • Podcasts, games, and other forms of technology help engage students and get them excited about physical activity
  • Improves mental organization of knowledge – Whiteboard, podcasts, and games are just a few of the tools that can be used to better organize information in a way that will stick with students or that they can go back and access later. It is a good source of motivation, can help increase engagement, and improve students’ understanding and organization of information.
  • Increasing physical activity may improve academic performance – Evidence shows that increasing physical activity through physical education, recess, and physical activity in the classroom can improve academic performance. Brain health is the key to academic performance and the brain is highly influenced by physical activity. The brain is responsible for functions such as attention and memory capabilities, all of which are impacted by aerobic fitness. It has been shown that mathematics and reading are the subjects most highly impacted by physical education.
  • Active gaming doubles the amount of energy expenditure, increases heart rate and step counts, and may have positive benefits on overall health combating things like child obesity and sedentary lifestyles.
  • Helps prepare individuals for their future world
  • Promotes parent-teacher communication


Below I have provided a link to a video that talks in depth about the pros and cons of technology in the classroom among many other things.

As you can see, there are a vast number of benefits to incorporating technology in physical education. From improving academic performance to decreasing sedentary lifestyles, to reducing stress, and more, the benefits are vast. Although there are several benefits, we still must consider the disadvantages to technology in the classroom. It is always important to consider the negative aspects of something in order to decide if it is worth utilizing it and to bring our attention to these aspects so we can avoid these problems or combat them as much as possible. So, without further ado, here are some of the cons of technology in PE!



Overall, there is lots to consider when deciding whether incorporating technology in physical education is beneficial or not. We think that although there are both pros and cons to technology in the classroom, the important thing to think about is how you can utilize it in a beneficial way while also combatting as many negative aspects as possible. This is what we will discuss in the next blog post, stay tuned!


xoxo missrose & mickybecks

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