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Easy-to-use apps, which can be downloaded to most
devices, are able to text parents and students without
giving or receiving one another's cell phone numbers.
This provides a safety and privacy element, while
allowing for immediate communication to large numbers
of recipients. Because safety should be incorporated in
the athletic technology plan, these types of apps should
be considered.
Databases and websites are a major help to athletic
directors in their jobs. Being able to display schedules,
photos, contact information, and other vital information
on a website is beneficial for all members impacted by the
athletic department. Savvy databases are used for grade
reports, physical exam updates, scheduling contests,
reserving facilities, transportation, and other factors that
impact the athletic program.
Whether it's using new apps, designing or adding to
a website, or inputting information into an innovative
database, professional development must always be
applied. Be sure that members of the athletic department
are comfortable using the new tools.
Making a plan
It's no secret that implementing technology can take
athletic programs to another level. The key to achieving
that success comes from intense planning at all levels,
making sure that it benefits everyone in the program.
Athletic department leaders must be sure to always
include a diverse group of voices that can help with that
planning and allow for professional development when
needed. This type of planning allows athletic programs to
excel into the future.
Kolin Harbecke is a physical education teacher and
high school basketball coach at Johnsburg (Illinois) School
District 12.
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