ISTE 2017 Coverage
School Specialty Offers New Inclusive Physical Education Resources
School Specialty has recently added new resources to its Sportime featuring SPARK
line of physical education equipment and curriculum. The new resources
include the SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook, Sportime Inclusive PE Starter
Pack, Inclusive PE Specialty Workshop and Project IGNITE! online
The SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook
is designed for teachers of general physical education classes that
include students with disabilities. The book is available in print or
digital format and includes 24 sample SPARK lesson plans and 14
skill-building activities, as well as suggestions for modifying and
adapting them for students with disabilities. It also provides a brief
introduction to 12 categories of disability, including information
about how students with those disabilities learn best. Teachers can use
the guidebook on its own or together with a SPARK program.
The Sportime Inclusive PE Starter Pack
is a selection of physical education equipment designed for students
with disabilities. It includes a variety of tactile and bell balls, a
pop-up target, foam noodles, juggling scarves, jingle bracelets,
directional arrows, numbered spot markers, CatchPads, a lightweight
exercise band and a Califone hearing protector. It also includes the
SPARK Inclusive PE Guidebook.
The Inclusive PE Specialty Workshop
is a half or full-day onsite workshop that teaches participants how to
modify lesson plans for specific disabilities. The workshop covers
strategies for creating an inclusive environment, adapting activities
and equipment, and accommodating students during skill-based
The Project IGNITE!
platform is an online resource for administrators, physical education
teachers, university professors and pre-service teachers. It includes
SPARK lesson checklists, a best practices document on the components of
effective teaching, and a crowd-sourced and vetted video library.
Further information about these inclusive PE resources can be found on the Sportime featuring SPARK site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.