Experiencing the Olympics

Earlier this year, in late February to be exact, I was fortunate enough to be in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. I was very lucky as it just so happened that my basketball team, the University of Regina Cougars were in Vancouver for a Canada West basketball playoff series against the Simon Fraser University Clan. Unfortunately we lost the playoff series 2 games to 1. One positive thing is that we were able to experience the atmosphere of the Olympics in downtown Vancouver. Below I have included a video I shot with my iPod Nano. The video and audio quality isn’t great and the camera work is sub par but I hope that it will give you a sense of what the energy was like. I have attempted to make it into a bit of a digital story, focusing on the culture, excitement, and celebration.

I tried to take a look at the Olympics from an educational lense and thought of how amazing it would be to have a class there and experience it on some sort of field trip (most likely local schools). The olympics can relate to so many different subject areas. Here is a great resource for bringing the Olympics into the classroom. This tweet from my instructor Dean Shareski makes a connection between an Olympic sport and science. What connections do you see that can be made between the Olympics and curriculum? Now that the Olympics are over, what other major athletic events do you see having the opportunity to promote learning? I know that here in Regina, Saskatchewan anything involving the Saskatchewan Roughriders has a tendency to engage almost anyone. I also look at March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball championship that is just starting and think how it might relate.


2 responses to “Experiencing the Olympics

  1. Jordan it sounds like you had an awesome time in Vancouver! I am so jealous! I would have loved to of been there. For an outdoor ed class project our group looked at how to teach the Olympics in an interdisciplinary way. We thought a school could have a mini olympics (phys-ed), teach the history, cook food from the different cultures (home-ec), look at the finances of running an olympics (accounting), have students draw pictures and advertisements (art), look and culture of the different countries (social), make videos of competitors, commercials, etc (technology), I could go on and on. I think there would be a way to incorporate any subject when it comes to the Olympics. It really could be engaging for students if teachers collaborated and created a project like that. Also like you said, using topics like the Roughriders would engage students as well. I have really thought about interdisciplinary teaching and think it is a great way to engage and motivate students. I hope to be able to do it with other teachers once I start teaching.

  2. Thanks for the comment Kayla. The project you talk about sounds great and I agree that interdisciplinary teaching is a great thing. It would be great to collaborate with other teachers once we enter the field and with the use of technology we aren’t limited to the school we are at.

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