With the plethora of amazing apps now available I commonly get asked how to project the content of an iPhone or iPad onto a larger screen for group sharing. Here’s how to make it possible.
1) Apple TV - With access to an Apple TV unit and an modern day TV with HDMI connection, users can wirelessly project their devices screen onto the TV. The only requirement is that both devices are connected to the same WiFi connection or alternatively that the Apple TV is connected via an Ethernet cord.
2) Reflection App for Mac - This cool software enables Mac users to wirelessly stream their iPhone/iPad contents directly to their Mac computer. The only requirement is that both devices are connected to the same WiFi connection. You can then easily connect your Mac to an external display and you are free to move around the gymnasium while the content is displayed. This is awesome for for use with apps like CoachPad and RipDeck
3) AirServer - Works the same as the Reflection app above, however also available for use on Windows PC’s. (Thanks to those who informed me of this great alternative)
4) VGA Cable - Allows you to mirror everything on your iPad or iPhone 4S screen to an external projector. This is a simple solution for most schools given the access to projectors that most schools have.
5) HDMI cable – Use this adapter to connect your iPad/iPhone 4s directly to a modern TV. If your TV is mountable, or even better portable on a trolley, then you can easily use it to conduct everything from video analysis to score boards in your Gymnasium.
This year I am teaching year 5 and 6 Physical Education, which has been an amazingly enjoyable experience dealing with students who are so enthusiastic about everything they do in class.
However at times the younger students have shown the need to improve there conflict resolution, teamwork, co-operation, sportsmanship and general behaviour. Here are some of the tools I have used to promote these interpersonal skills.
Class Dojo – This superb website enables you to set up your classes and develop both positive and negative virtual badges that can be given out during your classes. Students are then awarded with these badges based on the actions and behaviour they exhibit within a given session. For me the awarding of badges is done via the mobile website by simply visiting mobile.classdojo.com from my iPhone. Students are then able to view the latest activity and badges they have received via the laptop monitor/projector during class intermissions and breaks.
Class Dojo although simple, is a highly effective that has helped shape positive actions and relationships within the practical PE sessions.
QR Code Posters - After producing an A4 poster with 20 different numbered text based QR Codes on the sheet, students then scan a code with the class iPad when they are offered praise or feedback. For example, a student will be asked to scan code 5, which will reveal a text or audio based feedback from their teacher, such as “Well done, you have mastered todays skill”. A simple yet novel and fun method of sharing feedback & praise with students in a PE class.
Paper Scissors Rock – Conflict resolution at its best. Students arguing? Solve the problem with a quick paper scissors rock game and move on
So what do you do to instill these important behaviours in your PE Class?
In recent years I have been recommending the free and open source video analysis software “Kinovea” to PE faculties that have limited funds. The software although 100% free, is really quite powerful allowing deep analysis of movement with a combination of tools. Popular features inside of the software include;
- The ability to compare and synchronise two videos side by side
- Annotate videos with drawings tools and text comments
- Video and Image Magnifiers as well as Trajectory mapping
- ….and much more
To download and test out the software, simply visit the following website here
What do you get when you combine social networking with fitness? An amazingly supportive app that builds a rich environment for real behaviour change. Use this in the classroom to inspire healthy competition amongst classes and friends as they race to earn the post points
Make My Groups
As the name suggests a great app to take the stress out of placing students into teams. Allows import of names via Dropbox ans saving/exporting of group lists. Use it to organise spontaneous team activities
G.A.P.S - Sports Coaching
A collection of over 1750 high quality coaching resources for a variety of sports. Use it to cut down on planning and preparation. Give the app to students and have them run a peer teach or coaching session.
Developed after a summer teaching swimming and water safety to a group of younger students. Features over 50 games for swimmers of all abilities with the emphasis on fun in the water.
A superb heart rate app that allows users to measure HR data including time to recovery following exercise. Keep a record of your HR in the history and discuss how results vary from day to day and as a result of training
Developed to support the sudden influx of QR Codes appearing in the PE classroom. The app enables students or teachers to swiftly scan a code and link to online information, making it as the name suggests ‘A Super Fast Code Scanner’.
Kinesio Capture or Kinesio Lite
A high end video analysis package that enables users to conduct incredible motion analysis on performance. Users can complete side by side analysis, annotations, frame by frame and video layering. Use the apple camera adapter to import pictures taken with a digital camera direct tot the app.
Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4- Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8 - Part 9 – Part 10 – Part 11 or grab the PE Apps app for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.
I’m super excited to announce that I will be visiting the Yokohama International School in Japan to present a weekend workshop on the 29th – 30th of September 2012 entitled “It’s Now Possible – PE, Technology and Learning”
If you are in the region I would love to catchup with you at the workshop as we work together to bring physical education into the 21st century. You can register for the event at the following link
Hope to see you there