Vidalyze – Video Analysis Designed for Schools & Assessments

I’m so excited to share with you something I’ve been working on for a number of months. It’s shaping up to be the single biggest thing I’ve ever released and I’m looking for people whom might like to be major influencers in its creation.

So what is it? and why do I need your help?

60da8454-9aab-4376-b5d4-483e80e0ca77Introducing Vidalyze a game changing Video Analysis Tool designed exclusively for Schools. Vidalyze makes video analysis a realistic and scalable experience dealing with user management, video storage, teacher feedback and the assessment process.

Vidalyze is different to other video analysis products in that it works 100% inside of your browser. This ultimately means that you and your students can use Vidalyze on any device with an internet connection.

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Once a School or Teachers signs up for Vidalyze they can quickly create classes and fill these with students. Students instantly receive a login providing them access to Vidalyze.

Vidalyze also makes it a simple and straight forward process to move students between classes, teachers and year levels with the push of a button. This makes it a breeze to use Vidalyze throughout a students complete school life. The ultimate video based portfolio. See the screenshot from the Vidalyze School Dashboard below;

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At this stage of a project I normally start work immediately on bringing it to life, however given the enormous potential Vidalyze has, I wanted to try something a little bit different, I want to ensure I get it right for teachers. So I need your help.

So how exactly do I need your help?

Introducing The PE Geek Projects, a sub section of my blog which is all about bringing projects to life, with the assistance and input of you, the readers.

This exciting model, enables potential users, such as yourself the real opportunity to help shape what the product becomes. Once you pre-purchase Vidalyze, you become a backer and part of a limited exclusive community working together to build something of tremendous value for others just like you.

Your contribution is also rewarded with, exclusive early access to test and suggest features as well as providing lifetime FREE access for your entire school. This is massive.

If this all sounds interesting, you can read more about Vidalyze and how its going to revolutionise video in the classroom at the following webpage. If you want to help out then you can reserve your spot below. Act quick as pre-purchase spots are seriously limited.

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EP14 – Enriching My Sports Education Unit with Technology

This semester I’m teaching a Year 5/6 Sports Unit in a  team taught combined class of almost 50 students.  The class runs once per week in a 90 minute block, as separate to the Physical Education class the same group of students also have.

With all of these factors in mind, me and my colleague have decided to apply the Sports Education Pedagogy to the unit, with the aim of providing a more student centred environment where students become champions of their own learning outcomes.

These values have been sought through team affiliation, festivity, responsibility, formal competition, competitiveness, reward and fun. To achieve this, we challenged students to take on various essential roles & responsibilities.  These roles can vary depending on a school’s resources, however in our case included things such as umpiring, coaching, timekeeping, scoring, media teams, statisticians and much much more.

Ultimately, the Sport Education model is implemented to engage students in physical education in a way that promotes the learning of skills that can be transferred into life, sport and an appreciation for physical activity. While the incorporation of emerging technologies in this environment leads to an abundance of opportunities for enriched experiences.

As this was the first time many of our students had been involved in this approach, I developed the following video to help introduce the concept.

In the 14th episode of The PE Geek Podcast below, I explore how we structured and setup the Sports Education unit to maximise student participation & engagement. You can listen to the episode below or by clicking here.

Finally to assist teachers in getting started with introducing a SEPEP style unit into their classrooms, I’ve developed an extensive 15 Part Video eCourse series that guides you through everything you need to know to make it happen in your classroom.

As well as highly actionable video tutorials surrounding powerful and accessible technology to enhance the unit, the eCourse includes a downloadable collection of extensive resources such as

- Downloadable Team Sheets & Folders for Organisation of Teams
- Easily Modifiable Student Fair Play Agreement
- Sports Education Points Document
- Clear Role and Responsibility outlines for Students and Teachers
- Scoresheet PDFs and LIVE ladder Spreadsheets

The eCourse is available for FREE for Elite Members, however if your not a member you can instantly access the eCourse via the link below; It’s 50% off so act quick to secure the special launch price.

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If you belong to a school, organization or other team of people then feel free to ask for an invoice. Simply contact me to find out more.

10 Ways You Can Use A Large Screen Display in PE

On a number of occasions I’ve blogged about the incredible possibilities that a large screen display brings to a PE practical classroom. With this in mind, I thought I would create a video exploring 10 ways can use a large screen display in your PE Classes. I also go behind the setup at my School and the various ways I’ve used it to enhance my teaching and my students learning. You can watch the video below

 

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EPSOM Wall Mounted Ultra Short Throw Projector  in custom engineered protective box with Apple TV placed inside. Connected to Schools WiFi Network. We also have an integrated sound system built into the unit, enabling booming sound throughout the entire space.

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The Projector is mounted greater than 4 Metres high on  the side wall. Once mounted, we simply used a wooden whiteboard from the school and placed it below. This combined with the protective box, make our display simply BULLETPROOF.

So there you have it, without a doubt the most game changing tool I’ve ever had access to in a PE Classroom. Feel free to get in touch via the comments if you have any questions or share an image of your schools setup.

Emerging Technology & Physical Education Webinar

I’m super excited to announce that after the major success of my first online webinar, I’m back to do it all again.  The presentation entitled ‘It’s Now Possible – Emerging Technology & Physical Education“ will explore the technologies which have made the once impossible, possible within the Physical Education classroom. The focus of the webinar is on providing a snapshot and case study look at the incredible innovation taking place within PE Classrooms around the globe.

Those in attendance will.

  1. Learn the why behind technology integration in Physical Education.
  2. Explore mobile learning in PE and why my classes have benefited
  3. Take a look at game changing mobile applications that make the once impossible possible and maximise your efficiency
  4. Powerful web based resources
  5. Must have gadgets and accessories for the PE, Sports Science classroom
  6. Hear success stories from around the globe
  7. Plus Much Much More..

Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. With the maximum number of participants only 25, your in with a great chance of taking something home.

What do I need to participate in a Webinar?

  • A computer with internet connection
  • Headphones or Sound from your laptop
  • A willingness to learn

Join us from the comfort of your own home wherever you are

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Secure your tickets online below or by visiting the following page

Turn Your Students Activity Into a REAL Travel Experience

Earlier this year I blogged about a new website I had just finished working on, known as ‘Active Globe‘. Well I’m excited to say that Active Globe has grown to well over 10,000  online  users who together have ran/cycled and walked there way around the world TWICE.

So what does Active Globe actually do? Quite simply it allows you to turn your students Physical Activity into a real world travel experience, taking you around the globe to achieve your fitness goals. See it in action below;

When you or your students participate in Active Globe you join other schools all over the world that are working to increase their students’ fitness. You will be able to track your school’s progress and compare its ranking to other schools throughout the world. This adds yet another fun and competitive element to the program that will motivate your students even more.  Your class also works together to complete an agreed class goal, while individual students also work to complete their own distance based goals.

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Active Globe also rewards your students Physical Activity automatically with badges and certificates that become more difficult as their fitness grows. Students and Teachers are automatically sent the certificates when they are achieved, so they can simply print them out and present them.

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You can even choose to help your students by providing them with a custom pedometer to enable easy capturing of distance based Physical Activity or connect your RunkeeperMoves or FitBit accounts for automatic distance logging.

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I built Active Globe to help motivate and improve student physical activity levels within my Year 5 & 6 students, however decided to release it to the masses with the hope that it could could do the same for others. I’m proud to say it’s doing exactly that while also being shortlisted in the Australian Mobile App Awards for 2014. 

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If your interested in getting started, you can sign up now for a FREE individual account or visit www.activeglobe.net/sign-up to register your school or community group.

Leave a comment below saying how you would use Active Globe at your school and i’ll pick one winner to receive access for their whole class.

 

The PE Geek Android & Google Chrome Apps

In recent months The PE Geek blog has undergone a complete rebuild & redesign. It now uses a larger and more cleaner user interface that makes the content even easier to access and read.  This is just the start of an enormous amount of new actionable content coming to the Blog in the coming months.

In conjunction with the website rebuild, I also launched a brand new build of The PE Geek iPhone/iPad App which has already been downloaded thousands of times. With the success of these two rebuilds in mind I thought it was time to update the Android & Google Chrome Apps to match.

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Well, I’m excited to say that these are now ready for FREE download via the links below;

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The Google Chrome extension works in the browser to “Automagically” alert you to new content from the Blog, Podcast & YouTube Channel. You can see it in action here.

Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on the new website look and app designs, and I’ll pick a winner to receive a FREE PE Geek Membership. (Drawn at the end of July 2014)

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A Game Changing Video Analysis Tool Designed for Students, Teachers, Schools & Assessment is coming. Find out how to get it here.
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