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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.
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
Join me for a FREE 45 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore different ways that you can leverage technologies to celebrate student learning and achievement in your physical education program.
During this webinar you’ll learn;
Why we should celebrate learning and achivement
Why Technology is the perfect way to take celebration to the next level
How you can celebrate using video, images, audio & websites
How you can take “PhysED home” and engage parents and the wider community
Plus much much more
“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 to share & capture the great work that students do with parents, the school and wider community”
In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we interview Julia Sargent and explore why teachers are introducing emerging technologies in their practice even though they’re not required too. The conversation moves between the benefits of introducing technologies into our practices & how we can ensure that learning remains the focus.
In the 100th episode of The PE Geek Podcast we celebrate by sharing 100 different ways that you can introduce Technologies into your Physical Education classroom. On their own the ideas won’t transform your teaching, but our goal here is to spark the curiosity that drives exploration of these ideas in your lessons.
Want to see how much of a PE Geek you are? Download the checklist and see how many of the ideas you’ve trialed and perhaps implemented in your lessons. Share your results on social media and in the comments below.
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Fun & Fitness
Generate a random workout for your students with Swork It
Ensure you get an email reply from a colleague with Boomerang
81 Time sprint races with incredible accuracy using SprintTimer
82. Time your start reaction time using using sprintStart
83. Measure your vertical jump using the What’s My Vertical App
84. Create engaging classroom posters with Canva
85. Take 25 photos of your PE class and have animoto create an epic video montage with music
86. Have you students produce an infographic of their knowledge with Piktochart
87. Create an engaging worksheet using Comic Life
88. Use Care Monkey to organise your permission letters and notes home
89. Have an injured student complete stats using SwipeStats
90. Measure your heart rate from your mobile device using Cardiio
91. Get your students calm and focused with smiling mind
92. Showcase the rules of a new game with Coach Note
93. Easily create brackets by categories, and share brackets with people via email and social networks with the Bracket App
94. Test your sprint speed using the fitnessmeter app
95. Download YouTube clips for offline play at www.clipconverter.cc/
96. Create a PE Newsletter with Smore
97. Track the time, speed and much more of your run with Runkeeper
98. Create a QR Code using QRstuff.com
99. Create a QR Code treasure hunt using the Class Tools Website
100. Become a better PE Teacher by engaging and learning on twitter
Join us for a brand new FREE eCourse called The 7 Day Apps in PE Bootcamp. The course was inspired by the countless emails I receive asking for tips and suggestions on the best apps and tools to get started with mobile devices in the PE Classroom.
With this in mind, the team have pieced together a little jumpstart course that is being delivered via Messenger. Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned user, an iPhone or Android fan, you’ll find a tonne of value.
Inside the course you’ll find apps and resources covering
In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we speak with Joel Smedes a passionate Phys Ed teacher working in Laos. Throughout the episode we explore how he got started using various technologies and how he’s applied these in swimming lessons.
So you just got an Apple TV Installed ? Follow the steps below & learn how to AirPlay & Mirror your iPhone or iPad
One of the best ways to maximise iPads in the PE Classroom is through the use of an Apple TV. Super affordable and easy to use, once connected you can extend the reach of the single device to a big screen making it possible to share with your entire class. This opens up a realm of opportunities big and small and I pointed these out in our most popular post ever “10 Ways You Can Use A Large Screen Display in PE”
Here’s just a few ideas
Mirror (show the screen) your iPad’s screen onto a television, monitor, projector, and / or interactive whiteboard (IWB) and guide students through apps/websites and more
AirPlay YouTube or Vimeo videos without having to use a seperate device. These could be example and exemplar performance in the sports you’re teaching/learning.
Record and playback student videos to the group with ease
Use an app like ‘Yoga Studio‘ to have your group led by an expert
Here’s a quick guide to two of the most common features that make the above possible
At some point you’ve probably heard about AirPlay, a wireless streaming feature found on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. With AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream videos, music, and photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Apple TV and stream music & videos to AirPlay speakers or receivers.
How to AirPlay content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Make sure that you’re close to your Apple TV.
Open the app that you want to AirPlay from.
Tap or . In some apps, like Photos, tap , then tap AirPlay. You can also use Control Center to AirPlay just music just by switching the audio output.
Select your AirPlay device. Don’t see your Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled device? Try connecting your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you want to AirPlay to.
Mirror your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Here’s how to mirror your entire iOS screen on your Apple TV:
Make sure that you’re close to your Apple TV.
On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center or swipe from top right down on the iPhone X.
In Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then select your Apple TV from the list. Don’t see your Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled device? Try connecting your iOS device to the same Wi-Fi network as the device you want to AirPlay to.
If an AirPlay passcode appears on your TV screen, enter the passcode on your iOS device.
Your TV uses your iOS device’s screen orientation and aspect ratio. To fill your TV screen with the mirrored iOS device screen, change your TV’s aspect ratio or zoom settings.
Connecting Android devices
While technically not compatible, a number of very smart people have built some great android apps which can used to mirror your android screen and apps to an Apple TV.
AirServer Connect for Apple TV – the most advanced AirPlay mirroring sender for Android, allowing you to project your Android screen wirelessly, not just to one, but to multiple Apple TV’s and computers running AirServer at the same time
Have you used an Apple TV in your PE Class before? How do you use it?
We Take the 6 Best Apps for Track & Field for a Spin! How Many have you used?
When I was growing up I was obsessed with Track & Field, so much so that the very first time I created a website was to build a wikipedia style resource that listed the best athletes and their respective times & distances. Although the website was laughable, it combined two of my favourite things: Technology & Track & Field.
With this in mind, I wanted to combine these passions again and share the 5 best apps for track and field . The options move from simple to more complex and are regularly recommended by myself to others.
Improve your start technique and start speed with sprintStart The app contains three tools, two to measure your reaction time and one to record a slow motion video synchronised with the start signal. The start sequence is fully customizable and you can edit words, times and language. StartMeter is a fun and easy to use tool for athletes and coaches in sports like sprinting, swimming and short track where a first-class start is advantageous
Using nothing more than QR Codes, you can now start & stop a timer. Yep, you heard that right – essentially all you have to do is hold the QR code in front of the scanner (device )camera. The app will then automatically generate your name and a new individual stopwatch will be started for the QR Code you scanned. If you scan the code again, the timer stops. All of this is possible via the QR Stopwatch mobile app
You can see it all in action in the video below;
Timing Students in PE with QR Stopwatch App - YouTube
As shown in the video, you can generate the QR Code ID cards using the QR Code generator tool which you can then print and save. Each QR code is embedded in a student ID card in a credit card size & becomes that students timer trigger in the app.
Without a doubt one of the most game changing ways to time your students is through the app know as ‘sprintTimer‘. Essentially the app turns your iPhone or iPad into sprint timing app complete with photo finish employing the same techniques as the professional equipment used at the Olympics.
Because of this the app features as part of our annual track & field school meet replacing the hand timing that used to be conducted by 8+ volunteers. Not only did sprintTimer result in much more accurate results, but it also freed up the volunteers to assist in other events.
So with this in mind, here is a video tutorial outlining how to use this amazing tool to ensure you have nothing but success using the tool.
The app formerly known as Ubersense enables you to use your iPhone, iTouch or iPad & Android device camera to record and break down your technique for instant feedback during a practice, race or game. Analyze your students action in super slow motion, compare your performance side-by-side to a pro’s or focus frame by frame. Watch a series of video tutorials here
Use the app to capture measure angles and acceleration during a sprint start
Compare and contrast a beginner vs elite athlete
Showcase technique flaws and highlights using the slowmotion and overlay videos
Available completely for FREE – With this app, you can simultaneously record and display delayed video. This means that a PE Teacher can have the app pointed towards any sort of discrete skill and after the skill has been completed the performer has adequate time to return to the screen to see their skill in action. See exactly how I use the app here.
As part of my first Physical Education Job at Boort District School, I was also responsible for organizing and managing the school’s sports program. This included the annual swimming, track & field and cross country meets, which always proved to be massive undertakings. Not only did we have to arrange the students into events, but being a true country school, we had to get by with limited resources.
One of the most obvious examples of this involved the yearly marking of the schools largest grassed area into a 300m Athletics track complete with lanes, relay exchange stations and more. Not only did this process always seem to happen in the brutal heat, but it involved me dusting out some rusty Pythagoras equations to ensure our track was nothing short of perfection.
Even though the above jobs were time-consuming and stressful, they were truly nothing in comparison to the horrendous software system that our school [and virtually all others] used to manage the carnivals. It resulted in hours of mind numbing work that often had to be re-completed after a some sort of software fail. It was the only part of the process I simply couldn’t stand. I had to build something better.
So We Built Sports Tracker….
Sports Tracker is a modern tool for today’s mobile connected world, that enables you to easily setup and organize sports events for your school or district. Sports Tracker has revolutionized how teachers set up & coordinate Track & Field, Swimming or Cross Country Events. Since our launch in November of 2015 we’ve become the go-to tool for 350 schools around the globe.
You can learn more about Sports Tracker and take it for a spin here
So what track and field apps have you used? Have you tried any of these?
In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with Mark Collard from Playmeo.com. He is the founder and director of playmeo, a small professional development company which specialises in helping program leaders all over the world design and deliver remarkably fun programs that make a difference in the lives and performance of their groups. A recurring theme throughout the episode is the power of teachers creating authentic connections with their students before moving onto any content.