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Using Online Simulation Games to Teach Physical Education Concepts

This is an action research based study focusing on middle school physical education students learning invasion sports (such as soccer, basketball or ultimate Frisbee type games) concepts through an online simulation game created in Scratch.  The study compared two seventh grade classes’ knowledge and skills in invasion sports.  One group played the online game, while the other group did not.  Both groups received Teaching Games for Understanding lessons.  Each group increased their skills of getting open by changing speed, changing direction, and using deception, while both groups knowledge stayed the same, denoting there was no significant difference in the group that played the online game and the group that did not.