The P.E Geek https://thepegeek.com Technology & Physical Education Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:57:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Move It – 7 Minute Exercise & Brain Break Generator https://thepegeek.com/2015/03/move-it-7-minute-exercise-brain-break-generator/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/03/move-it-7-minute-exercise-brain-break-generator/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:00:27 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6395 Last year I released one of my first Google Chrome Extensions “Move It”, which has gone on to become one of the most praised tools I’ve ever built for the classroom. To be honest its success has kind of taken me by surprise, so when the opportunity presented itself to release a similar iPhone & iPad version, I simply had to make it happen.

So why Brain Breaks?

Well Brain Breaks are a quick and effective way of changing or re-focusing the physical and mental state of the learners in your group. They are also a useful tool for students to use to help activate, energize and stimulate their brains. Research indicates that brain breaks also improve students’ concentration and relieve stress.

So with that being said Introducing the mobile app version of “Move It”, which is based on the popular 7 minute workout trend.  At the end of the day It’s a simple way to get students moving with equipment free exercises designed to get the blood flowing and the wiggles out. Although its been designed with Classroom Teachers in mind, I have been using it for quick no fuss warm ups in my PE Classroom.

PE Geek Members can now download the app for FREE in the members centre. Alternatively you can get the app from the iTunes App Store via the link below;

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Episode 25 – Young Kids, Technology & PE https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/episode-25-young-kids-technology-pe/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/episode-25-young-kids-technology-pe/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:31:46 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6383 In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we explore a collection of free and affordable resources that you can use with younger students. How can you use it motivate physical activity, inspire learning and get them moving. Resources shared in the episode include

1. Adventure to Fitness, GoNoodle & Cosmic Kids Yoga

2. Time to Move & Lets Move Podcasts by the BBC

3. Active Kids Color, NFL Play 60 & Bit Breaker Apps

4. CFit Classroom Fitness, Workout in a Bag Kids & Yoga Kids Apps

Press Play below to listen or visit the podcast page.

Learn how to subscribe to a Podcast in the video tutorial here, or get your Tech & PE question answered by dropping me a Voicemail here . You can also download The PE Geek app to stay connected to the latest episodes while on the go.

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Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 39 https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/top-apps-for-pe-teachers-part-39/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/top-apps-for-pe-teachers-part-39/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:00:54 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6319 So what is the criteria I use to determine if an app is worthy or not to be added to the Top Apps for PE Teachers series? Well essentially I wont blog about it, regardless of how popular it seems to be, unless I think it meets these basic criteria.

1. A Useful PE Teacher Resource

2. Improves Teacher Learning or Efficiency

3. Works to Improve Student Learning or Engagement

The other important criteria I consider is
my own experience with the app, whether that be in the classroom or as part of the PE Geek Workshops. So with that in mind, here are the recent additions to the most popular blog series I’ve ever done.

C-Fit Cross Training

A really cool resource for PE Teachers thats also Created by teachers. C-Fit XTrain engages children with lively graphics and original music, exploring proper technique of classic exercises moves like push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, lunges and many more! The app also uses vocabulary words, which are written on screen to help children learn new words.

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Workout in a Bag Kids

Workout in a Bag for Kids is a a fun and challenging workout game specifically designed for kids! The app revolves around the concept of making exercise fun and rewarding. The app also employs gamification which works to motivate students like now other. Receive Gold Coins when you complete a bag, unlock Special Badges and also unlock new Workout Buddies along the way. The app comes highly recommended

YogaKids

I discovered this app while looking for advanced Yoga Apps for my senior students. The app centres around combining the use of storytelling and physical activity into a fun adventure that younger students will love. As you launch the app you need to select a story, which then leads you down a path where children can imitate, feel and experiment with different poses in an interactive, fun and imaginative way. See it in action

Have an app that I should share on the next top apps for PE Teachers series? Then leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to take a look. Check out the other top app lists here or grab the PE Apps App for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.

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The PE Geek Vietnam Workshop https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/pe-geek-vietnam-workshop-2/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/pe-geek-vietnam-workshop-2/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:10:19 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6364 I’m incredibly excited to be able to head to the beautiful country of Vietnam for a single day iPads in PE Workshop. The workshop will be hosted at the Saigon South International School and will explore the many and varied ways in which PE Teachers and Sports Coach’s can utilise mobile technologies for improved engagement and learning outcomes.

In particular attendees will focus specifically on mobile devices such as the iPad and iPod and the capacity these have for transformation within the PE classroom. All attendees will be required to bring along a mobile device and will be informed of the necessary apps prior to the workshop commencing.  Attendees are guaranteed to walk away with best practice actionable ideas for immediate classroom use. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to put their new skills into action with a complete hands on focus.

This workshop series has been conducted in over 30 countries around the world, receiving stellar reviews from all in attendance. Book your spot now to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you have any questions about the workshop then please feel free to leave a comment below or email me and I will get back to you.

Not sure if the event is for you? Please find included the responses from everyone who has been in a workshop with me in 2014 here

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Easy Screencasting Software for Schools https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/easy-screencasting-software-schools/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/easy-screencasting-software-schools/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:17:04 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6326 One of the very first educational technology tools I ever used in my classroom was screen recording software. It was 2008 and it required me to download and install expensive software, which eventually let me record my screen activity and voice to a video. This video enabled me to record me teaching and make this available to students in my class and is still available online here.

Besides from find the video above being seriously funny, its worth mentioning that it was not only extremely difficult to complete the recording, but sharing it was also a cumbersome process.

Flash forward to today and while technology for screen recording has progressed, it is still somewhat of a challenge to integrate and use successfully in the classroom environment.

Until NOW… But I need you help.

Introducing Screencastly

A game changing screencasting solution designed exclusively for schools, teachers, students and the flipped classroom. The best part about Screencastly is that its software free meaning that you don’t need to install any plugins or complicated applications. Simply open Google Chrome and get recording. You’re always up to date and ready for action!

Screencastly is the worlds first complete end-to-end solution for recording, sharing and assessing student and teacher made screen recordings. Once setup your students receive an individual login which enables them to record and save screen recordings automagically.

Why Did We Build This?

To be honest it was sort of an accident following the development of www.vidalyze.com,  in which we were needed to build a screen recording tool for one of the most important features. After building it, it dawned on us that this was the worlds first plugin free recording tool and as such was TOO good not to release as its very own tool.

The power of Screencastly is its ability to alleviate administrative nightmares by enabling students to easily record and submit screencasts automagically. Once students have recorded, teachers receive an email and can login to review and assess student learning. This also works in reverse with Teachers able to also record their own screencasts and share these with one click to individual students, specific classes or the entire school. The perfect addition to any flipped classroom.

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So Why Screen Cast?

Screen casting is a powerful way for students in all subject areas to become content creators. With one click students can record their screen while providing an audio commentary. This enables them to instantly produce a powerful multimodal work piece that showcases and highlights their learning.

Screencastly also connects with the various cloud based storage tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. Instantly import and export videos to and from your favourite websites with a click.

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 Screencastly, 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 Screencastly and how its going to revolutionise screen casting 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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We also explore 10 of the ways I use it within my classroom to do everything from warm ups, scoring and teachable moments. Apps and resources explored in this episode include

1. Scoring & TimeKeeping Apps

2. Video Resources such as Fitness Blender, Cosmic Kids Yoga, GoNoodle & Just Dance PE

3. Video Based Apps such as BaM Video Delay, Ubersense & Collabracam

4. Plus much much more

Press Play below to listen or visit the podcast page. Alternatively you can download a full transcript here

Learn how to subscribe to a Podcast in the video tutorial here, or get your Tech & PE question answered by dropping me a Voicemail here . You can also download The PE Geek app to stay connected to the latest episodes while on the go.

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Motivate Physical Activity with Technology Webinar https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/motivate-physical-activity-technology-webinar/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/motivate-physical-activity-technology-webinar/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:34:36 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6297 Towards the end of 2014 I had the opportunity to complete a session at the annual ACHPER Conference in Melbourne. The 60 minute presentation was incredibly well received and focused on how powerful technology can be to motivate physical activity behaviour and engagement. This is all well and good, however, unless you were at the event, you missed out. See whats included in the webinar in the trailer video below

So to ensure that everyone across the globe gets to experience this BRAND NEW presentation, I’ve decided to offer it as a 60 minute webinar for everyone. Best of all, its 100% FREE and available NOW. All those who complete the FULL webinar will also receive a personalized certificate for their attendance.

Wondering if this webinar is for you? Well If you are a Physical Education Teacher of students at any age level
and you want to take their engagement to the next level. Then this is for you”

 

Click here to register for your spot now

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Raise Funds for your PE Program NOW https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/raise-funds-pe-program-now/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/02/raise-funds-pe-program-now/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:00:52 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6211 Happy Birthday to Me, and well this post is sort of like a Birthday present for all of you.

I’m super excited to announce that my brand new website Fund My PE  is now LIVE and ready for action. So what exactly is it all about?

To put it simply Fund My PE is a crowd funding platform for physical educators. It provides a platform for your to raise funds for everything from equipment, resources, technology and much much more.  Fund My PE makes it possible for PE Teachers all around the globe to access the power of the PE Community to bring their dreams to life. See how it works in 45 seconds below.

So how does it work?

Fund My PE provides a platform to seek fundraising for your program. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. The Schools and Physical Education teachers  (YOU) have complete control and responsibility over their projects. They spend time building their project pages, shooting their videos, and brainstorming what rewards to offer backers. When they feel ready, a creator can launch their project on the site and share it with their community.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can contribute money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all contributors credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Fund My PE is all-or-nothing.

Project Inspiration

Take a look at the following project from Dave Carney from Treeline Elementary, for which he is seeking  $480 for new basketballs for his PE Program. He worked together with his students to produce a great video highlighting his needs. He’s already 52% funded, so if you want to help out, I’m sure he would appreciate it.


Why is funding all or nothing?
All-or-nothing funding is a core part of Fund My PE. A few of the advantages are outlined here

It’s less risk for everyone. If you need $3,000 for an innovative PE Program,  it’s tough having $1,000 and a bunch of people expecting you to complete a $3,000 project.

It motivates. If people want to see a project come to life, they’re going to spread the word with their school and online communities.

How do I get started?

Getting your project started is simple.

1. Visit www.fundmype.com

2. Create a FREE account

3. Create your project (using these tips)

If you need any additional help with getting started you can follow the video tutorial outlined here which takes you step by step through the entire process.  Have other questions about Fund My PE? Read the FAQ here.

TheFund My PE team (ME) also works to connect sponsors to the various projects setup by PE Teachers all over the planet helping to bring as many projects to life as possible. I myself am the sponsor for my Birthday Month and will be looking to personally fund as many projects as possible throughout the month.

So get yours online NOW 

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Episode 23 – 2014 World Tech & PE Survey Results https://thepegeek.com/2015/01/episode-23-2014-world-tech-pe-survey-results/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/01/episode-23-2014-world-tech-pe-survey-results/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:39:16 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6263 In this episode of The PE Geek of we explore the results & my insights from the 2014 World Technology & PE Survey. All in all we had over 500 responses from PE Teachers across the globe.

The survey came to life following one of my favourite parts of The PE Geek Workshops, where I find out exactly what devices, and access to Technology PE Teachers all around the globe have.

I ask these questions and use the information to cater the workshop to the participants in the best possible way, ensuring they walk away with the most actionable content possible, realistic of their situations.

So with this in mind, I wanted to take these questions to a whole new scale and find out exactly what you, the readers of this blog have access to in your PE classroom. How do you rate your use of Technology in Physical Education? How supportive is your school and your colleagues? All of these questions will be answered, and the results will be shared with all those who participate, allowing us to create a global snapshot of Technology & Physical Education Integration. You can then use these results to generate discussion in your school or reaffirm the direction your taking.

Learn how to subscribe to a Podcast in the video tutorial here, or get your Tech & PE question answered by dropping me a Voicemail here . You can also download The PE Geek app to stay connected to the latest episodes while on the go.

 

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The PE Geek Vietnam Workshop https://thepegeek.com/2015/01/pe-geek-vietnam-workshop/ https://thepegeek.com/2015/01/pe-geek-vietnam-workshop/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:10:42 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=6258 I’m incredibly excited to be able to head to the beautiful country of Vietnam for a single day iPads in PE Workshop. The workshop will be hosted at the Saigon South International School and will explore the many and varied ways in which PE Teachers and Sports Coach’s can utilise mobile technologies for improved engagement and learning outcomes.

In particular attendees will focus specifically on mobile devices such as the iPad and iPod and the capacity these have for transformation within the PE classroom. All attendees will be required to bring along a mobile device and will be informed of the necessary apps prior to the workshop commencing.  Attendees are guaranteed to walk away with best practice actionable ideas for immediate classroom use. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to put their new skills into action with a complete hands on focus.

This workshop series has been conducted in over 30 countries around the world, receiving stellar reviews from all in attendance. Book your spot now to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you have any questions about the workshop then please feel free to leave a comment below or email me and I will get back to you.

Not sure if the event is for you? Please find included the responses from everyone who has been in a workshop with me in 2014 here

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