In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast, we reach the momentous 50th episode milestone. When I first started out on this journey way back in August of 2013, I didn’t imagine that the podcast would be as big of a hit as it has become. As such I didn’t anticipate that it would be as immensely valued by the listeners as it has grown to be. To say that I appreciate the chance to produce the podcasts would be a huge understatement as they have proven to be the simplest and most powerful way to share to a global audience. I simply love podcasting, and you all seem to follow in my appreciate through the downloads of this show.

To say that I appreciate the chance to produce each episode would be a huge understatement. I simply love podcasting, and you all seem to follow in my appreciation for the medium. So thank you for making it worthwhile.

So before we dive into the exciting 50th episode, I wanted to share with you some of the key numbers related to the first 50 episodes of The PE Geek podcast.

Top 3 Most Downloaded Episodes for the last 365 days

  1. Episode 27 – Top 10 Lessons Learned Using Tech in PE [2974 downloads]
  2. Episode 28 – Mindfulness & Physical Education [2895 downloads]
  3. Episode 24 – Big Screen PE [2852 downloads]

Daily Downloads over the last 365 days

As you can see from the last 365 days the number of downloads on a day-to-day basis appears to be trending upwards. This is evidenced by the explosion in the podcasting space as they become more mainstream forms of media.

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Global distribution of downloads over the last 365 days

The map below highlights the distribution of downloads with the darker the colour evidence of the volume. The most listens came from the following places – 1st United Kingdom, 2nd United States & 3rd Australia.

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To celebrate the 50th Episode of The PE Geek Podcast, I wanted to tap into the audience of Physical Education teachers across the globe and ask them one simple question “What App, Device, Tech Tool, Tip or Trick would you share with others & why“. The responses were recorded in Voxer and make up the bulk of today’s episode. It’s jam packed full of amazingness.

The 50 tips, resources, and ideas explored by the various Physical Education Teachers in today’s episode include

  1. Google & BaM Video Delay shared by Adam Llevo
  2. iBook Author shared by Andy Milne
  3. Videos & Video Recording shared by Alex O’Brien
  4. Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop shared by Andy Hair
  5. Google Classroom & Smartphones/Tablets shared by Anthony Alexander
  6. Fitstep Pro Pedometers & Plickers shared by Ben Pirillo
  7. Hudl Technique shared by Craig Kemmlein
  8. VGA Adapters & CoachNote shared by Dave Carney
  9. Team Shake shared by Jo Bailey
  10. Augmented Reality shared by Jorge Rodriguez
  11. Dex Comm CGM shared by Justin Schleider
  12. Voxer shared by Jenny Wamsley
  13. Flubaroo shared by Kari Bullis
  14. Comic Life shared by Kevin Tiller
  15. Smore & Padlet shared by Lori Minka
  16. Collect, Create, Connect & Celebrate shared by Nathan Horne
  17. iDoceo & Anatomy 4D shared by Nick Spencer
  18. Bluetooth Speakers, Scissors & Glue Chrome extensions shared by Nick Endlich
  19. Twitter shared by Ryan McLaughlin
  20. Piktochart shared by David Tran
  21. Balance It & a DLP Projector shared by Lisa Bell
  22. FitBreak & Musical Workouts shared by Dale Sidebottom
  23. Active Globe & Plickers shared by Jason Levitt
  24. Kahoot & Telestory shared by Christina Polatajko
  25. Spin It shared by Mike Graham
  26. PhysEdMap & Bubbli shared by Osama Abu Jafar
  27. Wireless Mirroring with Chromecast/AppleTV/Reflector 2 shared by Naomi Hart
  28. Google Slides shared by Spencer Barfuss
  29. Spotify Premium shared by Peter Gamble
  30. Skitch shared by Stephanie Sandino
  31. Pop Flux & BitGym shared by Andy Paulsen

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[00:30] Jarrod Robinson: Hello everyone and welcome to episode number 5-0, episode 50 of The PE Geek Podcast. And I’ll tell you what, if I had thought back to when we first started the show, and the fact that we may eventually get to episode 50, I think I would have probably laughed. It wasn’t that I didn’t think that people wouldn’t enjoy it, but I didn’t think people would enjoy the podcast as much as they do. And as a result, we’re absolutely dedicated to releasing new episodes all of the time, and you can guarantee that we’re gonna continue well and truly. And hopefully, we’ll be very shortly reaching that grand 100 title. Now, just before we dive into what’s gonna be a very unique episode today, very different to anything that we’ve done before. I wanted to give you a couple of facts about the number 50, and a few very interesting ones in here from some stuff that I definitely didn’t know.

[01:29] JR: So the earth has roughly, 50 times the volume of the moon. Every country has a bill or a coin, denominated in 50 units. Did you know that the 50th anniversary is known as the golden anniversary? So this is like our golden anniversary episode today. And that the 50th episode of The Simpsons was titled, “Homer Alone.” And the last one is that the word, “Fifty,” is worth 14 points in scrabble. So, there’s a couple of facts, I’m not sure how you’ve ever lived without them but, [chuckle] we’re definitely gonna dive into a very unique episode today, celebrating this nice little achievement here. 50 episode of The PE Geek Podcast, and again, I thank you for tuning in and making it all the worth while to produce.

[02:20] JR: Now, for the 50th episode, I wanted to do something a little bit different. And I thought the best way to achieve that would be to invite teachers from all over the globe to share their ideas around using technology in the Physical Education space. So I went on to the amazing social network, Voxer. Which I know that we’ve spoken about numerous times here in the podcast, but for those that may not know, it’s a social network where you communicate through voice messages. And basically, you can connect in chats with people and the best part about it is that you actually hear the voice of the person responding. So when you ask a question, you can get an immediate response from people, and it’s like you’re in the room with them, having a conversation in the staff room. So there’s a really vibrant community of PE teachers on Voxer, and you can get connected to them in different groups. So, if you’re an elementary teacher, you can get an elementary related chat. If you’re interested in technology, there’s a PE technology chat. There’s chat for all sorts of different topics.

[03:33] JR: So what I did was I got in touch with some people that I communicate with regularly in Voxer, and I put one question to them. And that question was to share where they’re all from, what they’re doing, what sort of age groups they’re teaching, and just to share one or two little tech tips that they enjoy and use, and find value in. And the hope is that you get to hear an amazing collective of minds, from all over the Phys Ed world. And it definitely does speak to the power of the Voxer platform. So two-fold effect here, you’re gonna hear lots of different ideas, 50 different ideas from PE teachers all over the globe. And you’re gonna get to see how powerful the Voxer platform is.

[04:21] JR: Now, what you will hear is a collection of messages from people. So, you will hear sort of subtle edits between one person speaking and the next person. But that’s just how Voxer is. People leave voice messages, and the next person continues. So it won’t be a continuous smooth playback as you might normally have in The PE Geek Podcast, but it will be unique, it will be different, and you will get lots of different ideas from people covering what they love about things that they’re doing in their classroom.

[04:53] JR: Now, I have made an effort to go and collect all the notes from today’s episode, including everything I mentioned, and you can find that over at thepegeek.com/50, where you’ll have a list of all the people who’ve been featured in the episode, and where you can get in touch with them, and also the things that they mentioned. So, their favourite tech tip, or their favourite piece of advice, whatever it may be.

[05:19] JR: So before we dive in, I just wanna give you one more thanks for making this all possible. As I mentioned, when we started out, I had no intention of ever getting to episode 50. And now that we’re here, I just cannot imagine not producing a podcast on a regular basis. And I really, really do love doing it, and it’s just a very simple medium, something that speaks to people really effectively. And as you know it, you can complete and listen to podcast wherever you may be, and I think that’s the best part about it. So without further ado, I’m gonna hand it over to the amazing Phys Ed community to share with you their thoughts surrounding technology. And you’ll hear from me again at the end.

[06:04] Adam Llevo: Hi, I’m Adam Llevo here. Currently living in Saudi Arabia, originally from England. For me, the best thing that’s changed my teaching in terms of technology, is the use of Google and especially Google Drive. Basically being able to store everything in there, from files, to pictures, and then using all of the other great Google Apps such as Google Forms for collecting data, it’s just made my life so much easier. So if you’ve not already checked it out. The second one for me has to be BaM Video Delay, it allows the students to first of all see what they’re doing wrong on their iPad screen. You can either have it on one screen, or four screens, so they can see at different times, as well as what they’ve been doing. And then that can be a great opportunity for you to speak to the student and get them to pick out what’s going right in their technique, and what might need to be improved. A really great tool that everyone should be using in their classrooms.

[07:05] Andy Milne: I’m Andy Milne, a Health and Kinetic Wellness teacher in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, iBook Author allows me to ditch the textbook that was outdated as soon as printed textbooks, and I can replace it with materials that pertain directly to the needs of my students. This material is relevant, contemporary and can be updated swiftly. Engaging widgets, and a multitude of URL links, and inclusion of extended reading, listening and viewing ensure that I’m able to cater for every student, even the most voracious of learners. Examples of student-created work can be embedded, writing, posters, iMovies, podcasts, and can be used for peer-to-peer inspiration and education. Their existence within the iBooks, serves to raise the standard of future student work as they strive to create something that can be included in the next update of the book.

[07:50] Alex O’Brien: Alex O’Brien, Seattle, Washington. Physical Education Trainer and director of film at Focused Fitness. My tech tip is integrating video. Whether it’s our [07:58] ____ Video Library, Jarrod’s Video Delay App, YouTube videos, or your kids just recording themselves and then reflecting on playback, video creates relatable personal experiences for your instruction, and it can be a game-changer. Video can help your students take ownership for learning, and many of them after all are visual learners. From animations of fruits and vegetables, to understanding a healthy diet, I mean, skipping patterns to help slow-motion, all of those pieces are going to relate back to your students. They relate to screen-time, it’s part of their everyday life. It’s our duty as quality Physical Education teachers to meet students where they are, and make that learning unavoidable. Video has helped me do that and I bet it can help you too.

[08:37] Andy Hair: G’day team. Andy Hair from Geelong, Victoria, Australia. My tech-related tool is more of a program, it’s on my Mac, it is the Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, and I’ll probably use this on a daily basis. Now, I’m in a school that is low on technology in the Physical Education department, but certainly now, high on quality posters. And that’s what I’ve seen develop out of the Illustrator programs, and Photoshop programs, and just love putting it together. Because that way, the kids can visually see what I’m trying to teach them. And they have somewhere to go to to have reflection questions, driving questions, and get them moving forward to really, again, amplify their teaching.

[09:32] Anthony Alexander: Hey everyone. I’m Tony, and I teach grade eight and nine junior high school, Phys Ed at East Brunswick, New Jersey. And I’m gonna be a little bit more specific than that, I’m gonna go Google Classroom. Two big reasons, number one, it had allowed me to flip my classroom, and introduce pertinent topics digitally before we teach them physically. And the second reason is, it gives a social media-esque discussion to my classroom, where we can talk about topics in a more robust fashion when we’re not in class. So Google Classroom, great, great help to my Phys Ed class. This is gonna sound very broad, but smartphones and tablets have made my classroom much better, they’re an irreplaceable technological tool that has allowed my office to become mobile, it has allowed me to give students immediate feedback, and it’s actually increased my workload, but at the same time it has made that increased workload easier. So fantastic technological tools, smartphones and tablets, irreplaceable.

[10:31] Ben Pirillo: This is Ben Pirillo, and I am an elementary teacher in Texas. And I would say the tool that has really helped me out a lot has been my FITstep Pro pedometers. I love the fact that it tracks student’s activity time, moderate to vigorous physical activity time, and total steps. And it’s just a great tool to use, to be able to collect a bunch of data based on what the students are doing, and I can really see how active they’re being in my class. And I can also assess myself on it when I’m making sure the lesson is provided, the movement, and the activity level that I want my students. The other one I’d like to say to use is Plickers, it’s a great way for you to ask and assess your students. It’s like a QR code, and they each have a number assigned to them with a card. You ask a question, you scan it with your phone. So you really only need one device, and you could print the QR codes for the kids to use right off their website. And it is free, Plickers.

[11:30] Craig Kemmlein: Hi, my name’s Craig Kemmlein, and I’m a high school Physical Education teacher in Pennsylvania. My favourite tech tool to use is the app, Hudl Technique. With this app, I have the ability to record my student’s movements and tell it straight with very strong tools in assessing the technique of movement or skill. I’m able to compare their current movement to previously recorded movements, whether it be a side-by-side comparison, or by overlaying the two movements. I also have the ability to add in audio feedback and share the assessment with my students in various ways.

[11:57] Dave Carney: Hi, this is Dave Carney, from Fort Myers, Florida. I teach kindergarten through fifth grade. And my first tech tool that I use most often, is my VGA to Lightening Adaptor. This was a game changer for me, because I was able to project my apps to the overhead, so all my students can see our thinking, and demonstrate learning in a new and just positive way that they really enjoy. Along with that, the second one would be CoachNote. So, CoachNote is an app, it’s like a whiteboard for coaches that you can show plays, demonstrate how games are played and it just really increased their knowledge of tactical problems and awareness around the open court and field.

[12:37] Jo Bailey: My name is Jo Bailey, I teach in Wausau, Wisconsin, but I’m originally from England. My go-to app is Team Shake. I can import all of my classes, and I can set teams up very, very quickly. Within the settings, I can make sure that certain students work together, or certain students don’t work together to make sure that my teams are balanced, fair and I can get teams sorted within just one touch of a button.

[13:02] Jorge Rodriguez: Hi, my name is Jorge Rodriguez, and I’m a Physical Education teacher from Houston, Texas. And the technology that has revolutionised the way that I teach is Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality is when you take a real world environment and enhance it through computer generated graphics and images and videos. Now I have used Augmented Reality to blend my classroom, and put myself in multiple places at one time and have my students in a fun and interesting way, interact at their level with the activity. Augmented Reality has been a game changer for me.

[13:34] Justin Schleider: Hey now, Justin Schleider, Physical Education teacher, Springfield, New Jersey here. I’m here to tell you about an app that you might not know about, but it’s super useful for me. It is called the Dexcom CGM. And the Dexcom app is hooked up to a child with diabetes, and sends me the glucose levels to my phone, and I get automatic updates, and it also alerts when it goes low. This is a lifesaver for me, since we have a student in my school whose blood sugar reacts different to foods, every day. So, they could eat the same thing and their body has a different reaction to it. This thing has saved my life so many times, and it’s saved his life so many times. It’s fantastic. So, I would look into that, it’s called Dexcom.

[14:19] Jenny Wamsley: Jenny Wamsley, Health and Phys Ed teacher, Saint Paul, Minnesota. My favourite tech tool has to be Voxer. I love Voxer, because I’m able to ask the question, and somebody around the world is able to help me out in a matter of seconds. I love that I’ve been able to connect with other educators through Voxer, and I’m able to hear their voices, which I think is the best tool of Voxer. Because hearing someone’s voice, you have a better connection with them. So, it is helped me become a better connected educator, and I have learned more from Voxer than I have from any other tech tool right now. Thank you.

[15:00] Kari Bullis: Hi, my name is Kari Bullis, and I’m a high school Physical Education teacher in Iowa. And my tech tool is Flubaroo. Flubaroo is a Google Sheets add-on that will automatically grade your assignments for you. So, if you give an assignment or a test, or even a skills test in Google Forms, it will grade that assignment, and then it will share the results via email or Google Drive to your students.

[15:25] Kevin Tiller: Hello, my name is Kevin Tiller, and I teach in Andover, Massachusetts. I teach Physical Education in grades K through five. And the technology tool that has revolutionised my teaching the most is an app called Comic Life 3. I use it basically to create many different things, station signs, newsletters, different graphics that I use in classroom posters and things like that. So, that’s the app that I use the most, and that’s the one that I love the most.

[15:51] Lori Minka: This is Lori Minka from New Castle, Delaware. And my two favourite tech tools are Smore and Padlet. Both are super simple to use, and make you feel as if you’re really creative, even if you’re not. Smore is an online newsletter, but I tend to use it more to build learning modules. And Padlet is a virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, share resources, and you can now secure them so they can’t be altered, which is really nice. Padlet is free, and Smore you get a certain number before you have to pay, so both are great tools, and I use them all the time.

[16:33] Nathan Horne: I’m Nathan Horne, and I’m a Physical Educator in Singapore, and I’m also the Founder of iPhys-Ed.com. My tech tip is to think of technology as a tool. I like to think of it with four C’s, technology can help you to collect, create, connect, and celebrate learning.

[16:49] Nick Spencer: My name is Nick Spencer, Physical Education teacher, Aurora, Colorado, iDoceo is something that has revolutionised the way I teach. It speeds up my assessment process, immensely. I put my students names in it, attach their photos to it, I have the outcomes that I’m assessing. I can do a quick fill all, I can take pictures and videos of students to show growth throughout the year, and then I can take this and email it to parents or students, as supplemental report cards. I can then take a template that I’ve created, and keep that from year-to-year, so I’m not having to re-create what I have already done. And it has allowed me to streamline what I do. The other piece of technology that has really helped my students and my teaching is Anatomy 4D. In our district, we teach health in our PE classes, and so when using the heart aspect of it, it has allowed my students to actually get hands on, diving in what the heart looks like, how it works and it’s an introduction into the circulatory system.

[17:48] Nick Endlich: Hey everybody, Nick Endlich, elementary Health and Phys Ed teacher, York, Pennsylvania. So, my two tech tips are tools that are must haves for me. The first one has to be a bluetooth speaker, if you don’t have a bluetooth speaker you must get one. Music in the Phys Ed classroom is essential, this allows me to be mobile, play music from anywhere in the gym, I can put my speaker anywhere in the gym, and I use it on the daily basis. The second one I’m going to drop a Google Chrome extension, it’s actually a pair of them, it is Scissors and Glue. So, if you’re on a PC especially, it will split your screen in half and you can actually work on two separate screens at one time. So, I use this quite a bit, as I’m working on two separate projects, or two different documents at the same time. I can split my screen, I can do research on one side, and then just right on the same screen, just in a separate window, I can go ahead and work on the project itself. So, Scissors and Glue are Google Chrome extensions, and I use those almost everyday.

[19:04] Ryan McLaughlin: My name is Ryan McLaughlin, I’m an elementary PE teacher in Western Springs, Illinois. The tech tool that has improved my teaching the most has gotta be Twitter. It’s helped me connect with more PE teachers around the world than I would have ever imagined. It’s inspiring to hear what other Physical Educators are doing in their schools. It has really helped reignite my passion for teaching. The ideas I’ve taken from Twitter have created so many more opportunities for my students, and helped me become a stronger teacher.

[19:29] David Tran: David Tran, ninth grade PE teacher and instructional technology coach. The tool that I use a lot is something called a Piktochart. The Piktochart allows me to create infographics, similar to the ones that you see that people create all the time. It allows me to embed videos and in addition to that, put hyper-links, so I’m able to create a a digital hand out for students, where they are able to go directly to what materials I want them to know about, or find more details.

[20:01] Lisa Bell: Hi, my name is Lisa Bell, and I’m an elementary Physical Education teacher in Northern California. I discovered the Balancing app. It’s just a great resource because it has well drawn balances, ranging from individual partner, three person, all the way up to six or more person balances. And I hook up my iPad to the projector, and the image of the balance projects onto the large screen, and it’s there for the students to refer to while they’re broken into small groups practicing those balances. It’s just an awesome tool, it’s motivating and I highly recommend it.

[20:38] Dale Sidebottom: Hi guys, my name is Dale Sidebottom, I currently live and teach in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I work for a company called SEDA, which stands for Sports Education Development Australia, where I’m lucky enough to teach the Talented Players Program for Cricket Australia. Now, two bits of tech that I would like to share with today is a brand new app that I’ve just released called FitBreak. FitBreak has nine different categories with over about 300-400 different workouts that vary from fitness games, fitness activities, circuits, boxing sessions, demonstration videos, warm-up activities. There is an endless supply of sessions and ideas planned there for you. Another thing, and my final thing I’d like to share is talking about musical workouts. So, this is where you use some sort of song and you make different workouts. So, basically you could be doing sit ups, planks, squat hold, squats, anything like that, all the information for this in on FitBreak, as well as on my YouTube channel. So, if you search Dale Sidebottom on YouTube, you will see about five or six of these different workouts. Simply put this up on your whiteboard, or just project it through your iPad, and all the instructions are there for your class or students to do a fun workout that’ll last between three to four minutes, and it’s very enjoyable to do.

[21:58] Jason Levitt: Hi, my name is Jason Levitt. I’m a middle school, high school PE teacher at the American Community School in Amman, Jordan. Some tech that I like to use, just found one recently called Plickers, a really great program for formative assessment. And I used Active Globe last year, and a bit this year with my staff and my students, really great way to track movement and get people up and moving, and being physically active.

[22:32] Christina Polatajko: Hi, my name is Christina Polatajko. I currently teach PE at Aitken Creek Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. Two apps that I’m gonna tell you about that that I love to use in my PE room, one’s called KaHoot! Which is a quiz that I use prior to our lessons. So I base that quiz to our learning intentions, so the students have that small prior knowledge when they’re heading to the gym. It’s very interactive and engaging, and it’s all multiple choice. And the last one is Tell a Story, and this is a good one to use, it’s a wet weather program. And students can create their own sport news, sporting interviews, they can create debates, because Tell a Story is all about creating different scenes, and it’s very engaging and interactive, and students absolutely love creating their own little script. So, KaHoot! And Tell a Story are two great apps to use in your PE class.

[23:33] Mike Graham: Hello, my name is Mike Graham and I teach elementary Physical Education in Geneva, Illinois, which is a far west suburb of Chicago. And I’ve been teaching for 19 years. One tech tip that I’d like to share is Jarrod Robinson’s SpinIt app, which is a great app that can be used in a variety of ways. I use it as a warm up, where students can select different exercises that they would like to do. I’ve actually, put two exercises in there, and then they spin it and it will land on one or the other. And they get to pick which one they wanna do for a certain amount of time, and they complete the activity and then do another one. It’s great to integrate with locomotor skills, or fitness activities. If you haven’t checked it out, you definitely should get it. Spin it, by Jarrod Robinson.

[24:20] Osama Abu Jafar: Hello all, this is Osama. I’m originally from Palestine, Jordan. Now I’m in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My favourite app, or you know what? We can leave that for later. My favourite website is the Phys Ed Map. On the Phys Ed Map, you can see hundreds of PE teachers, and tens of websites and links. You have to check it out and join, so Phys Ed Map. Okay, my favourite app, besides Twitter, there’s another app called Bubbli, B-U-B-B-L-I. Check it out, it’s amazing. You can… It’s not 360 degrees, it’s more. I’ll not talk more about it, just check it and tell me what you think…

[25:09] Naomi Hart: Hi everyone, my name is Naomi Hart, and I am from Saskatchewan, Canada. But currently live in Oregon in the United States of America. I’m a former Health and Physical Education teacher, but now I work for Spark and Sport Time as the PE Development and Technology Specialist. One of the things that I did a lot when I was teaching was really teaching with my iPad, or with my phone. I was always sharing something from my iPad or phone on to my computer, which was projected on to my screen, but I was always connected with a cable. And it drove me crazy, because I wanted to move around my gym, and use my iPad to help my students learning, whether it was I was videoing them, or sharing different resources with them, and really just to help facilitate my lessons. So one of the programs I had found, well, there are multiple programs that you can use, or tools or devices that you can use. So there’s Chrome cast, Apple TV, Airserver, Reflector 2, Mirroring 360, I know there’s more, but those are kind of the main ones that I talk about and that I’ve used in the past. But they’re just great ways to take whatever is on your device, and pop it up on to your screen through your computer and your projector.

[26:11] Spencer Barfuss: My name is Spencer Barfuss, and I work in Cypress, Texas. And Google Slides has become an awesome technology tool for me to use in my classroom. It’s really helped me to create engaging presentations with animations, and I have the ability to change background colours. I can export the presentations as a PDF or a PowerPoint slide, or SVG file. There’s so many amazing things that you can do with Google Slide, so check it out when you have a chance.

[26:41] Peter Gamble: And this is Peter Gamble, I teach pre K through sixth grade PE, at Creative Montessori School in Birmingham, Alabama. My go-to pieces of technology is Spotify Premium. I use it to create play lists for a wide variety of units and themes, especially with my pre K classes, where I use it for teaching locomotor skills. It is a piece of technology that I use every single day, and I cannot imagine not having it.

[27:12] Stephanie Sandino: Hi my name is Stephanie Sandino, I am a PE teacher in Nuevo, California. And one of the apps I like to use most frequently nowadays is the Skitch app, which is a picture app that allows you to snap a photo, or import one from your photo library, and mark it up with the different tools they provide. And some of the ways that I use it is when I post pictures on Twitter of my students, I’ll have to cover up, or blur some faces, due to photo release forms that they may not have. Or special events going on in my school such as field day, or back to school night, where I can provide a Google Earth picture, or image of my campus, and then mark it up with different locations on where everything will be, whether it’s a booth or a station for that special event. So, lots of great ways you can use it, but definitely an awesome app.

[28:04] Andy Paulsen: Hey there, my name is Andy Paulsen, I teach at Shullsburg, Wisconsin. And a couple of apps that I like to use are Pop Flux and BitGym. They both use the front-facing camera on your iPad or Apple device. With Pop flux, little bubbles fall down, and bombs, you’ve gotta avoid the bombs, you’ve gotta move your arms and head to pop the bubbles, score points. With BitGym, you prop it on cardio device, bike, treadmill, or whatever. And it senses your movement of your head, and you go through a virtual landscape. So instead of looking at the machine or the person in front of you the whole time, you have a little landscape you’re going through, and information pops up every now and then.

[28:50] JR: Whoa, whoa, whoa! What an incredible episode this has already been. I cannot thank the people enough who contributed to making this episode 50 really unique, and for you guys listening there, I certainly hope that you’ve been able to be exposed to something new. And if you like the sound of any of the things that have been shared, then you can head along to thepegeek.com/50 for episode 50, where you’ll find links to all of the people who spoke in the exact order, as well as links to the different resources and things that they spoke about. So I wanna thank the people who contributed again. Without you guys, this episode wouldn’t have been made possible. And it really does emphasise how powerful social networks are for people, for connecting with others who share similar goals and ideas.

[29:45] JR: So if you’re listening and you’re only really listening to this podcast, then I encourage you to head along and get connected to the amazing community of Physical Education teachers. And you can do that via a number of different ways, through Twitter, through Voxer, through Facebook groups and so forth. But it’s definitely a tremendously powerful thing when you know that you can ask a question, and just like I have here, assembled of collection of people to share their ideas.

[30:11] JR: So one last piece of advice before we go, don’t take everything that you’ve seen here today and try and introduce it all, that won’t be successful. Have a listen to the things that really resonated with you, and piqued your interest. Go and find out more, introduce, use those, get some value, and then know that this episode is always here to come back to, should you need it. Okay. Episode 51 will be arriving shortly, and we’ll be back to our normal scheduled program, of delivering you thematic episodes around particular topics. Speak soon, see you later.

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