At The P.E Geek blog learn how to use game changing technologies in your physical education Classroom. Jarrod travels the world helping physical education teachers use technology more meaningfully in their classes.
After a few months of work behind the scenes, we’ve just dropped the latest update to the classic PE Games mobile app.
PE Games is the premier app for PE Teachers on the app store, containing over 200 games in a variety of categories designed to help you fill your classes with movement. Inside the app you’ll find a selection of games and activities from the following categories;
1. Chasing Games
2. Cooperative Games
3. Relay Games
4. Reaction Games
5. Major Games
6. General Games
7. Group Games
8. Forming Groups
Each game includes the instructions, equipment and everything you need to play the game. You’ll also find that we’re working our way through the creation of Video Explainers to accompany each game like the one below;
Chaos Tag - Vimeo
As you browse through hundreds of games and activities, you can save these to your ‘Lesson Plan’ for a quick overview glance of the activities you intend to use in your session.
Watch a full tour of the PE Games app below;
You can download the app for iOS & Android devices via the links below
‘Head Over Heels About Gymnastics’ is the gymnastics app that provides step-by-step instructions and top tips explaining how to perform a large variety of gymnastic skills via simple language, eye catching photography and bite size video tutorials.
In addition to the step by step instructions and top tips there are bite size video tutorials accompanying each gymnastic skill. These high quality clips provide the gymnasts with footage of how to perform the skills under the expert coaching of Gemma Coles, Head Coach of Head Over Heels Gymnastics. These tutorial clips break down all the skills in detail with the addition of a slow motion feature for more advanced skills. The gymnasts in the clips range in ability and therefore provide achievable gymnastics from the basic learner to advanced gymnast.
Replay It is the worlds first Video Delay application made exclusively for Google Chrome. A simple yet powerful real-time video analysis tool that helps you analyse and improve your sporting activities or the performance of your students or athletes.
Replay It records videos and displays them continuously with a time delay for quick and handsfree visual feedback. This allows you to record your performance and watch it a few seconds later directly on your laptop or Chromebook without touching a button.
See how it works in more detail via the Video Delay Webinar below
Multiscreen support means you can set different delay values and view a performance multiple times. This makes it the perfect tool for sports coaches, physical education teachers, dancers, students and much more.
How can you use this in Gymnastics?
Teaching any discrete skills? Setup a laptop/chromebook with the webcam pointing towards the action with a 5-10 second delay. After students complete the skill they move to the laptop to review, repeating this process over and over
Create your own umpire/coach setup during with an injured student to watch replays and provide feedback.
Connect Replay it to a large screen using a Chromecast or Projector cord and bring large screen replays to the entire class
Have students self assess themselves using a peer assessment sheet while watching their replays
This amazing app enables you to shoot strobe effect videos in a matter of seconds. Simply record up to 5 seconds of video and it will automatically convert it into an motion sequence video that will blow your mind. Take a look at the example shared by Adriann Defraeije which is by far the best example I’ve seen from the app.
Tips for Getting the Best Results
1) Keep the camera as still as possible. In cases where the camera needs to follow an action, move the camera slowly and no more than 45 degrees.
2) Keep the background as simple as possible, such as a wall with one solid colour
3) Because actions performed in place will overlap, objects and actions being recorded should move across the video frame.
Fun group activities are one of the most powerful (and attractive) ways to help people connect. And the research shows that building strong, positive & healthy relationships will absolutely amplify the results of whatever your group is trying to get done.
So if you’re looking for dozens of sure-fire, high-energy, interactive, leave-them-wanting-more activities, then you’ll want to download the FREE playmeo mobile application. The app is brought to you by Mark Collard, whom we previously interviewed on the PE Geek podcast( which you can listen to below)
In short, this app will help you find the perfect group activity to quickly engage your group & have fun. Combine this with the fact that playmeo is the home of the largest online database of group games & activities in the world and you’ll realise you have everything you need to invite small & large groups of people to play, interact, share, trust & learn.
Inside the app you’ll find immediate access to dozens of:
• Ice-breakers & Get-To-Know-You Games
• Energisers & Brain Breaks
• Tag & PE Games
• Trust & Empathy Exercises
• Team-Building Activities & Puzzles
• Fun Large Group Games
Best of all other new group activities are added regularly, all free, forever! In addition to this the playmeo app includes
• Step-by-Step Instructions
• Video Tutorials
• Dozens of Variations
• Watch episodes of the Facilitator Tips video tutorial series
• Learn valuable leadership skills
• Share your own own group activity ideas
Ideal for classroom & PE teachers, experiential educators, corporate trainers & camp leaders.
All of the activities featured in this app work because people love ‘em. They are universally appealing & require few, if any, props to play. All you have to do is gather your group, open the app & play.
In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast Mandy Collins flips the equation and interviews me about technologies and physical education and the observations we’ve made working with tens of thousands of people per year.
Some of the questions asked include
What have we contributed to in terms of educational thinking and practices?
Do you think PE Teachers have changed the way they teach today?
How can we help apathetic learners in PE?
What should a new teacher focus on and master when they begin teaching?
What are some of biggest mistakes we’ve made along the way?
Press play to listen to the episode below or listen here.
In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we chat with Physical Educator, Brenda Tang and explore her journey to the PE classroom. Throughout the episode we discuss the importance of starting with a solid foundation of good practice when exploring technology in your classroom.
Join me for a FREE 45 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore 25 different ways that you can utilise one device in your PE program. Each different idea & activity will centre on how it would work in a situation where you only have access to one iPad or Android device.
Topics explored in this webinar include
Apps and websites perfect for one device classes
How to share one device with a big screen
Attachments and supportive resources to make it easy!
“Wondering if this webinar is for you? If you are a Physical Education Teacher of students at any age level and you want to understand how you can take one device and implement it into your classroom practice. Then this is for you!
In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with PE Teacher Bailee Sandsmark and explore a variety of tools and strategies for using technology in the PE Classroom. We also discuss the power of crowd funding through sites such as Donors Choose & how she’s be able to leverage these to acquire technology in her program.
One of the biggest challenges busy PE Teachers face is how to add quick assessment opportunities into their classes. This is especially important during the conclusion of a session where time is often limited.
For this to be possible, we’d need a tool that was either available offline, or enabled seamless access for people so that a quick assessment could be conducted. Essentially the technology needs to get out of the way! (the best technology should!)
Here’s 3 examples of interchangeable tools that you can use for quick end of class assessments that will also give you useful assessment data to inform your teaching into the future.
Plickers is an assessment tool that allows for super quick and simple checks of student understanding. This assessment tool allows teachers to collect on-the-spot formative assessment data without the need to have students use devices or paper and pencil.
Students simply hold up their unique Plickers Cards, in the direction of the teacher at the front of the room. The teacher uses the Plickers app to swiftly scan the room and capture all results.
Students rotate their Plicker’s cards to reflect the answer they wish to submit to their teacher. See the example card below and note the location of the A/B/C/D which need to be pointed towards the sky (in the example below, I’d be submitting B as my answer)
The best part about Plickers is that teacher’s can use this tool with previous planned questions or assess on the fly as needed. See the video below for an idea of how to setup questions ready for your classes.
Plickers - A Step by Step Tutorial - YouTube
How to use it for end of session assessment
Ask students to assess their performance at the end of a session using describers mapped to A/B/C/D responses
Socrative is a neat app for quick and easy classroom assessment. Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens, and makes it simple with no messy logins for students. Then teacher simply sets up their quiz and provides students with the room number. This number is then entered into the socrative website or apps to connect students to your questions.
Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions (my go to) to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.
See it in action
You can also run Exit tickets as an effective way to gather end-of-class feedback, giving students an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and for you to be sure that all teaching objectives were met. You can use this information to clarify any information or inform your future lessons.
How to use it for end of session assessment
Use the exit ticket option to ask students gauge how they have students understood the days material
Ask a quick series of multiple choice questions reflecting to the lesson content
Pair students up and have them work through collaborative questions
Have students use the short answer question type to set goals for the next session
Forms are among the internet’s most versatile tools. Whether you need a contact form or a checkout page, a survey or a student directory, a form is all you need to easily gather that information. However, when Google released Google Forms, they made it possible for people to build them without any specialist skills in minutes.
Take a look at the recording from a session inside the ConnectedPE Community, where Adam Llevo explores the power of Google Forms in PE.
How to use it for end of session assessment
Combine Images or Animated GIFs in your Google Forms and have students critique these
Ask students to complete end of class self assessments using the multiple choice, sliding scale and short answer options
There is no question that mystery and the “unknown” are powerful agents for classroom engagement. This is why I love the Classroom roulette app, a simple spinning wheel that will help to spice up your classes with truly random selections.
You can use it to configure your own lists with students, activities, questions, reflections names or any other combination.
The possibilities are literally Endless!
Sweat Deck is a deck of cards exercise app for iPhone & iPad that will help you mix up your fitness routine with an endless combination of simple & effective workouts!
It’s simple: Assign an exercise to each suit & perform them as cards are drawn from the deck – the card’s value represents how many reps of the exercise to do.
Sweat Deck is also a quick & casual way to add a bit more exercise into a Physical Education session. You can even connect your device to a Big Screen to make the activity available to all of your students.
Imagine if you had a mobile app that let you shoot multi camera angle videos automatically? Well, now you do!
Creating multi-camera video stories used to be just for the pro’s and video editing fanatics. But now with GroupClip everyone can create compelling multi-angle video stories and edit them into multiframe video and image mash-up clips in just minutes.
How does GroupClip work?
– Invite up to four friends to start a simultaneous recording
– Works on Wi-Fi and cellular data (3G/4G)
– All footage is automatically synchronized in the cloud
– Edit the synchronized video clips directly in the app
– All co-recorders can create their own version of the video
– Tap on the time lines to (de)activate the parts you want to show
– Add photos, music and new video
– Use one of the many standard multi-frame templates
– Easily drag and drop clips into the position you want
– Directly share your video on your social media
– You can also create single user video and image mash-up clips
Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge resurgence of animated GIFs in popular culture, with meme’s and hilarious cat loops leading the way. They’ve clearly grown to become a new age visual medium which is super effective at communicating bite sized pieces in information in our various channels.
With this in mind, we’ve noticed a HUGE uptake in the number of teachers using animated GIF’s in their instruction. As a result we’ve had an influx of questions and requests for resources and we thought we’d start by showcasing just how easy it is to generate your own Animated GIF’s using YouTube clips.
See this in action in the video below;
How to Turn a YouTube Video into a GIF - YouTube
Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to generate your own GIF’s using YouTube videos as the source – my question is what will you do with them? How could they fall into your practice and instruction?
Want some help to take it to the next level?
Then join 1000+ PE Teachers from around the world inside the ConnectedPE Community and gain access to the ‘Animated GIF’s in PhysED Course‘. In this course we’ll demonstrate the power of animated GIFs in the Physical Education practical & theory based classroom. Throughout the course you’ll learn the following;
What Animated GIFs are
How to create your own Animated GIFs using a range of apps & websites
How to create your own from YouTube & other online videos
Different ways to use animated GIFs in your PE classes
You can also browse the 100+ hours of on demand courses on offer inside ConnectedPE right here