Caves Beach, Australia
"There is water in every lane, so it is OK."
— Swimmer Ian Thorpe, on being drawn in lane five
Jason Tait is a PDHPE teacher and computer coordinator at Swansea High School near Lake Macquarie in NSW. He endeavors to integrate ICT into the classroom to support his teaching practice and engage students, particularly in the subject areas of PDHPE, digital media studies, and computer applications.
Passionate about improving the participation rates in physical activity among high school students, Tait leads various outdoor education programs at Swansea, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and PACE program for at-risk students. He encourages the use of technology to create digital and video journals when completing outdoor expeditions.
He has led the Moodle initiative at Swansea, resulting in cross-curriculum resources being available online to improve engagement and student outcomes. Using Adobe® Acrobat®, Tait has designed online forms to collect, track, and analyze fitness data and encourage students to participate in regular physical activity.
He has presented lectures and workshops at the school and regional level on various software applications including Acrobat and Adobe Fireworks®. Most recently, he presented a workshop on using GoPro cameras to capture high-definition video in outdoor environments and then edit short productions from the video with Adobe Creative Suite® 5. Tait has also delivered lectures for the University of Newcastle Faculty of Education on the use, management, and implementation of DER devices in the classroom.