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Jarrod is a Physical Education teacher from country Victoria Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is first and foremost an advocate for lifelong movement and physical activity, however realises the power of 21st century technologies that can shape new age teaching pedagogies.

Jarrod is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at www.thepegeek.com which has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers seeking effective use of 21st century tools in PE.  He has presented Nationally and Internationally for a number of years while also writing for a number of publications on the topic of contemporary Physical Education.

His major interests lie within mobile learning which he believes is the perfect fit for the outdoor minded PE Teacher. As a result he has begun his own mobile development company, “The PE Geek Apps”, which builds mobile applications for teachers on both Android and iOS devices.

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  1. I have been following your posts on Mobile Learning and wanted to introduce you to Koollage in that context (www.koollage.com).

    Koollage just launched public beta at DEMO and is a web 2.0 solution that can revolutionize the way that your students and staff author, communicate, and present their ideas. Using Koollage’s extremely simple and easy-to-use interface and integrated internet search tools, students and teachers can aggregate multimedia content – including video, images, audio, feeds and webpages – within small packages-on-demand (or Pods). These Pods can be shared by email, embedded in webpages, posted to social networks and can easily be authored from and viewed on mobile devices. There are numerous applications in the school environment that I would like to share with you and your readers. Please let me know the best way.

    In addition to authoring content on the platform you can convert existing blogs in seconds – e.g. here is your blog in pod format http://www.koollage.com/pod/plog/Pod:%20Mr%20Robbo%27s%20Weblog. You can now put a button on your blog that would allow anyone on their iPhones to get a mobile version of your blog instantly. This pod will also update as you post to your blog. Would love to share more on this front as well.

  2. Hi Jarrod,

    I received your question on my blog. Are you on Twitter? If so, we can connect there and can chat about adding tabs to a wordpress blog. My Twitter name is rdelorenzo.

    Rob

  3. Hi Jarrod,

    Saw your blog as the random post generator on the ‘Free Cameras’ post had linked to mine: http://sciencevideos.wordpress.com.

    It’s great stuff, keep it coming!

    In my school we’re fortunate to have a very open-minded IT Coordinator and administration whose only rule with ICT is ‘make good decisions’. This gives us the freedom to (if we wish) try out all sorts of things without worrying about access issues or anti-phone rules.

    Experimenting with these things is so time consuming, yet can be really rewarding.

    Steve.

    • I completely agree with you Stephen. Although it takes up alot of my time finding, experimenting and thinking of ways to integrate ICT into my classes I have no doubt the students have benefited this year. Im really into mobile learning and im starting to get the support I need to change the rules at our school with projects like my mobile blogging on an outdoor education trip @ http://vceoes.wordpress.com
      Mobile phones are the future of learning
      Anyway I’m going to follow your blog, thanks for the introduction.

  4. Congratulations Jarrod.Thanks for showing us how the “Specialist” teacher can be involved with ICT. I am a Visual Arts teacher at Taylors Lakes Primary School in Melbourne.A most neglected breed of teachers (for ICT PD), Specialists need to stick together. Inspirational people such as you will be a great asset. I’ll follow you for sure..
    Have a great Christmas and holiday.
    Cheers,
    Yvonne
    BTW Which part of the country are you in? I was born and educated in and near Bendigo.

  5. [...] are matching the speed of creativity, take a look at this innovative way to keep students on task. Jarrod Robinson a Physical Education Teacher from Victoria, Australia is using cell phones to remind students of [...]

  6. HI Jarrod
    Thank you for the comment. I have been wanting to get in touch with you to see if you would be willing to do an interview for my radio show on Cell Phones in Learning. Here is the link to the show http://blogtalkradio.com/elizkeren My Skype: elizkeren

    Thanks for such great examples of using cell phones in learning!
    Liz

  7. Hi Jarrod!

    Wow, it’s really amazing what you’re doing here. I’m from Barcelona and right now we are working in a huge project to implement QR Codes to do the signalling of a small town’s cultural heritage. Instead of filling a castle with signposts, posters and so, there’s enough with a QR Code and some Wikipedia entries…

    Your ideas on tech and education will inspire us to deliver this new experience to scholars.

    Thank you and keep on the good work!

  8. Hey DJ,
    Mate stumbled across this today and am extremely impressed with your work!!! Always said you’d be the STAR and this site proves I was right. Well done bud. Hey i’ve got a new mobile with same number but lost all my numbers so flick us a text some time so we can keep in touch.

    Impressive! Might have to work on implementing some of this at my school. cheers. PArso

  9. Wow. You are my new hero. I teach year 7 in Queensland and I am inspired by the stuff that you do. It is awesome. I found your website via the web 2.0 podcast.

    • Thanks for the comment. Its great to see people reading and finding the posts useful. Do you use twitter? If so im @mrrobbo

  10. Hi Mr Robbo,
    Myself and a HPE colleague have been provided funding for PD tour to see quality use of ICTs in classroom settings. Have already been to see Shane.Tech.Teach. He told us to step it up a notch, hence would like to investigate possibilityof a trip down to Victoria to watch your classes in action and to speak to you and your your students . Adam.

  11. Hey Jarrod,
    I’m currently in my 4th yr at La Trobe uni Bendigo doing PE and Outdoor Ed and i saw you at the ACHPER conference which i was a helper at and i thought that i would love to do a block of my teaching rounds with you in Boort!! If you could please get back to me via email it would be much appreciated.
    Cheers,
    Catherine

  12. Congratulations Mr Robbo! Your site has been nominated in the ACCE Australasian Educational Media Awards. Visit the conference website to vote for your own site and leave a comment on other nominated resources. Friends and colleagues may also wish to support your nomination. http://acec2010.info/acce-edsoft-awards/gallery

    The two winning entries will be announced at the ACEC2010 Conference on Friday 9 April.

  13. Hi Robbo,
    I reside in Melbourne.
    I have developed a touchscreen fitness kiosk 4 years ago with great success.
    With the advancements in technology i have created an iphone and ipad app that i am passionate to get this going in the education sector.
    Let me know if you would like a free sample to try.
    Interested in your thoughts

    Cheers
    Damian

  14. [...] the potential of QR codes to inform and develop my
    work. I am delighted that I traveled the globe to find a PE teacher
    in country Victoria but profoundly disappointed that I have only
    just found his work. Gwyneth and Jarrod embody for me
    [...]

  15. Aloha,

    Just wanted to let you know that many of your links on this blog and your website come up as page not found or an error. Would be great if you could fix all of them…we would then consider doing a review of your site.

    Aloha

    • all links have been checked and work as fine on both Mac/PC and iPhone. If you could send through more specific information about what you were trying to access that may be more helpful.

  16. Hello Rob,

    My name is Luke Genik. I have an iPhone app that I think would be very useful in the classroom. The app is called SuperBodies. It is an interactive app that give you an interesting look into the body of elite athletes. To see a further description you can go to: http://peacepoint.tv/our-work/370-superbodiesapp.html. If you would like to try the app for yourself I can send you the promo code for you to try it for free. Please let me know if you think this is something you could write about on your blog.

    Thanks,
    Luke

  17. Dear colleague,

    I’m co-editor in the “Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education Incorporating Advancements” collection, which will be published by IGI Global (www.igi-global.com), February 2012.

    I would be glad if you produce a content to be submitted to the reviewers.

    More info about our project here:

    https://sites.google.com/site/yourdropintheocean

    I kindly ask you to circulate the Call for contributions.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about the paper submission.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Best wishes,

    Elena Favaron

    Editor

  18. Hi Jarrod, our school has given the PE department iPads to play around with and we have to give them a few reasons as to why we need them. Basically we want to do our assessment on them but I’m not very tech savvy and I can’t really find any apps that have rubrics that I can edit to meet VELS standards. Can you help please?

  19. [...] do not want to steal too much thunder from his story, so I would encourage you to check out his blog to find out exactly what he [...]

  20. [...] Jarrod Robinson is a Physical Education teacher from country Victoria, Australia. As he is also Information Technology trained he delights in aiming to engage students in classes using web 2.0 tools. [...]

  21. [...] educators to share ideas amongst each other and keep each other updated on the latest advances. The about section on this blog states that this educator in particular is additionally trained in Information [...]

  22. I enjoy your easy assessment app, just wondering if you could fix it so you could click on a student’s name and be able to score them individually rather than scrolling through all the students in the class? I am a middle school teacher and plan on using it for behavior right now and not all students need to be assessed on their behavior. Thanks

    • Hi there Jennifer, great to see you are using the easy assessment app.

      My suggestion is to enter the class into the app, then when you want to assess student behaviour you can begin a new assessment. Call the assessment that days date or something else to help you identify. Following that select only the students you want to assess. Then choose the rubric.
      You will then be able to assess only the students that you selected.

      The following day you might choose to make another assessment of behaviour. You can then begin a new assessment, select the kids that you want to assess and your away.

  23. Hi Jarrod, I have finally dropped in to visit your pegeek site – awesome site. I’ve added a link to my activity blog HP. Also watched your ICETV conf session too which was really useful – I had no idea we coudl make our own apps. I’m about to launch my new online activity resource playmeo.com next month – I’d be keen to involve you somehow… so I’ll be in touch again once it’s launched…. ta!

  24. Hi Jarrod,

    I just happened to stumble across your outsourced app podcast and can hardly wait for the next episode. Do you have a separate site to communicate with about your app podcast? I am just in the beginning steps of hiring and developing apps with contractors through elance. It’s not as easy as you make it sound. Anyway, keep up the good work and I am looking forward to learning these valuable steps on how to outsource apps through your podcasts.

  25. Love your site/blog….I’m into tech in PE and coaching…I think we have connected online somewhere? Not sure where. I’m kmorrow on twitter I don’t tweet much…but I’m there… my site is coachmorrow.com…..I subscribed to your blog…can’t wait to see more…Kevin:)

  26. [...] Who?  @mrrobboWhat? A walking, talking, redefinition of learning. Presented an UH-MAZ-ING 50 minute session on easy app development for iDevices.  Check out his story.Where? http://thepegeek.com/ [...]

  27. Hi Jarrod,
    I Love the Easy assesment app but can you change the numerical values to grades i.e over arm throw- side stance A, hip rotation A and follow through B? email me at sjefcoate@gegs.wa.edu.au :)

  28. Hi,

    Does anyone know how to transfer info. (Ex. Fitness scores) from
    I-pad to your email? Thanks!

    Dan

  29. Love this app but I want to be able to reuse the same rubric without having to retype it.
    Alison
    toad-allyexceptionallearners.blogspot.com

  30. Hey Jarrod. My name is Jory Snowden from Chicago, Illinois. I am an elementary PE-W teacher (k-5). I have been looking for an answer to this question for a few years now. I am looking for an app that will record the students’ exhibiting a skill (such as a volleyball serve) that will have a delay display of the actions continuing running throughout the class. So basically Student 1 serves the ball and then can look up onto the projector screen 10 seconds later to see his/her form. I want this to be continual throughout the class so I don’t have to stop and play.

    Thanks.

    • There is only one app you need and it is nothing short of incredible. BaM Video Delay lets you set an up to 2 minute delay on live video, meaning that students can perform a skill, and look to the projector or device for the replay. Grab it here http://georiot.co/18el and also search Video Delay on my blog for more information about it

      • Hey Jarrod. The BaM app looks great. I am looking to purchase it shortly as I needed to figure out my school district’s logistics for doing so. In any case, would you suggest using an I-Pad or MacBook Pro for the app (in regards to video recording)? Do you use the app? If so, what technology do you use to record?

  31. Hey Jarrod, I am interested in buying your App “Run Lap Tap” but read in the description that you can only track up to 12 runners. Most of my classes have 25 or more. Is there any way to make an update where it can handle more? I think this app would be great when I do fitness testing and when we run the mile but 12 or less won’t really work in class.

    Thanks, keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for getting in contact. Although it would be nice to include up to 25 runners it is highly unlikely that we will ever find a User friendly way to achieve this as a result of the minimal screen size.

      We are issuing an update soon and might be able to scale up to 20 but thats probably the max, without making it overly complicated and counter intuitive

  32. Great stuff thanks for sharing. We have just purchased 15 spin bikes we are planning on using polar h7 bluetooth sensors but was wondering if you had any other ideas of linking the ipads with the spin bikes?

    thanks mat

  33. Hey Jarrod, Great Website, thanks for all you do! When I grow up I want to blog like you.

    ISH from Florida U.S.

    http://gishizakisblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/the-pe-geek/

    If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in APPs to use for Physical Fitness then look no further than The PE Geek. The number of apps and reviews that Jarrod has gone over has been invaluable for me as a coach and someone who is always looking for ways to use iPads and iPhones in the class as well as a Physical Education environment. The apps have helped keep me in shape and given me a great resource to help PE Teachers who are at a loss on how to use 21st century technology in the Gym and on the field.

  34. Hi Jarrod,

    We are looking to install a data projector and apple TV in our gymnasium. I noticed on your website that you have one installed at school.

    As the PE domain leader I am strongly pushing for the use of more ICT in the PE curriculum. Have you got any advice on what data projector to use and importantly how you protected it from balls etc. How did you in case it?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    David.

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