Tech in the Classroom & The OLYMPICS

The Olympic Games began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, located in southwest Greece. The Games were part of a religious festival. The Greek Olympics, thought to have begun in 776 BC, inspired the modern Olympic Games (which began in 1896). The Games were held in honor of Zeus, king of the gods and were staged every four years at Olympia, a valley near a city called Elis. People from all over the Greek world came to watch and take part.

This year, the 23rd Winter Olympics are currently taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea. While there has been a lot in the news about the safety and security of athletes participating in the Olympics, the show must go on. Despite the Olympics occurring halfway around the world, classrooms here in the USA can implement some of the following strategies to incorporate the Olympics and Technology.

Lesson Ideas w/Technology Integrated:

History of the Olympics & the rings: Have students do a study on the history of the Olympics and why it’s important to our culture. Create a Book Creator creation explaining their findings.

Flags of the World - create an infographic using canva or Piktochart to display one or more of the flags from around the world.

Graph number of medals: Keep a tally of the number of medals won by each country and then create a graph in Canva to display the overall winners.

Favorite Sport/Event: Have students select their favorite sport. Do some research on the history of the sport and all of its rules. You could include directions on how to play the sport and have students find videos on the sport being played. You can also have them voice-over the video and record what is happening based on what they have learned. Use Adobe Spark Video to have students demonstrate their knowledge.

Weather Reports: Have students keep track of the weather in PyeongChang as well as the USA. Have them graph the results using a platform, say Canva.

Texts about the Olympics: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #10: Ancient Greece and the Olympics - great nonfiction facts about the ancient games.

Hour of the Olympics - travel with Jack & Annie back to the original Olympics.

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet - TONS of details about all areas of the Olympics.

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics - fun fiction mystery read with your favorite mouse!

Tacky and the Winter Games - great picture book for younger kids.

How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medals - LOVE the math and details shared in this story about Michael Phelps.

As your students are looking for ways to figure out how they are going to get themselves to Beijing 2022, I hope these ideas of ways to integrate tech into some lessons are helpful! It doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Just start with a few ideas and see what amazing things your students can create!

Maureen Seidel

by Maureen Seidel

Maureen Seidel is Faculty of Innovation at Northwest Nazarene University in the Doceō Center. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience here in the Treasure Valley and has an innovative mind for engaging students in the learning process. She taught kindergarten and 1st grade and most recently was a Title 1 Reading Specialist in the Middleton School District. She had a heart for the young learner and is excited about the integration of technology in all grade levels. Maureen is an alum of NNU, graduating in 2003 with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Maureen resides in Middleton with her husband of 15 years and 3 amazing boys!