The P.E Geek https://thepegeek.com Technology & Physical Education Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Netflix for PhysEd https://thepegeek.com/2018/12/netflix-for-physed/ Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:11:47 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12504 As a Teacher, you’re already busy enough. So when it comes to completing your professional development requirements, it’s often extremely difficult to get the time to make it happen. Not to mention, that when you do, you’re usually required to...

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As a Teacher, you’re already busy enough. So when it comes to completing your professional development requirements, it’s often extremely difficult to get the time to make it happen. Not to mention, that when you do, you’re usually required to travel extensive distances or pay over inflated registration fees.This would be all well and good, but the majority of the training you’re made to complete is simply irrelevant and results in nothing but your time being wasted.

Not to mention that if for whatever reason life gets in the way and you miss the workshop or conference, then you miss out.

It’s just plain wrong…..

So what if a teacher could get all of the support, accountability, training, knowledge and professional development that make the difference? What if they didn’t need to travel to receive high-level professional development? What if they could access on demand training anywhere, at any time and on any device?

Welcome to the official app of the ConnectedPE Community. 24/7 access to an ever expanding library of 100’s of Hours of On Demand Professional Learning with Certification.

Available for free, the NEW ConnectedPE iPhone/iPad & Android app includes 10+ hours of video courses with certificates.​

Download the app for FREE below

iPhone & iPad
Android

See the app in action below

Inside the app you’ll now find the following courses for completion for FREE (each with certificates of completion)

  1. 25 Ways to Use One Device in PhysEd with The PE Geek
  2. 168 Hours, Optimize your life with Jarrod Robinson
  3. Game Changer: Seesaw with Justin Schleider
  4. Gamification, Technology & PhysED
  5. Get Your Kids Moving, Learning and Loving It! with Rex Peebles
  6. Implementing CrossFit into the Physical Education Curriculum with Calum Erskine & Scott Fusco
  7. Innovative Fitness Activities You’ve Never Seen with Dale Sidebottom
  8. Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Primary PE with Ryan Ellis
  9. Personalised Learning in PE with Matt Magowan
  10. Physical Education: The Trip of a Lifetime with Jo Bailey
  11. Small-Sided Games in Physical Education with Jessica Shawley
  12. Using Data to Inform Teaching Practice and Student Learning with Pat Coleman
  13. Video Delay on Google Chrome

So what do you have to lose? Join ConnectedPE and take your PE Teaching to an entirely new level.

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Episode 106 – Fitness Testing? https://thepegeek.com/2018/10/episode-106-fitness-testing/ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 01:09:29 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12490 In this episode of The PE Geek podcast I share my views & experiences with fitness testing and discuss some of the tools and resources you can use to help make the process more streamlined and efficient. Resources shared in...

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In this episode of The PE Geek podcast I share my views & experiences with fitness testing and discuss some of the tools and resources you can use to help make the process more streamlined and efficient.

Resources shared in this episode include

  • Fitness Tests App for iOS & Android
  • FitnessMeter, SprintTimer, Bleep Test Pro, Music Beep Test
  • Google Forms, Google Sheets and DocAppender
  • ConnectedPE Membership
  • Mr Adam PE

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The Ultimate Rubric App https://thepegeek.com/2018/08/the-ultimate-rubric-app/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 03:45:12 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12478 Any teacher knows the value and benefits of using a rubric when marking students work or work habits. With this in mind we’ve been super busy over the last few months crafting an assessment app that captures the simplicity of paper...

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Any teacher knows the value and benefits of using a rubric when marking students work or work habits.

With this in mind we’ve been super busy over the last few months crafting an assessment app that captures the simplicity of paper assessment with the power of digital tools. Introducing our new app;

Easy Rubric (iOS)(FREE)

Easy Rubric is a versatile and user-friendly app, designed to minimise the time and effort involved in assessing students and classes of all ages, levels and learning environments.

With Easy Rubric you can

• Build or import your own class lists

• Build or import your own rubrics

• Assess students by simply selecting a class list and rubric

• Assess individual students against relevant assessment criteria

• Use its flexibility to measure students’ progress against achievement descriptors

• Generate reports that can be edited, exported, printed and archived

In the classroom, Easy Rubric can be used as a valuable tool to empower students. If the teacher chooses, students can have input into their assessment criteria and even design their own rubric. Students become self directed learners and all the guesswork is taken out of the assessment as they set their own benchmarks for their work.

Take a tour of the Easy Rubric app below;

Ready to Go Rubrics

To help you get started with using Easy Rubric we’ve prepared a collection of rubrics which you can download and use inside of the app. Feel free to use them as is, or modify them to suit your needs.

To download these to your Google Drive you can do the following;

  1. Click the rubric you want from the list below (this will open a new window)
  2. From the top right press the + in the top right to add the file to your drive. (make sure you’re logged into your google account)
  3. Repeat for all rubrics

Here’s the collection of available Rubrics

To learn how to import the rubrics above using your Google Drive account you can follow along with the video below;

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Tracking Student Laps with Ease https://thepegeek.com/2018/08/tracking-student-laps-with-ease/ Thu, 16 Aug 2018 04:25:00 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12471 Need to track your students laps! Here’s are  simple solution to help you out! QR Laps (iOS) This powerful little lap counting app utilises QR Codes to help you count student laps. Essentially all you have to do is hold...

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Need to track your students laps! Here’s are  simple solution to help you out!

QR Laps (iOS)

This powerful little lap counting app utilises QR Codes to help you count student laps. Essentially all you have to do is hold the QR code in front of the scanner. The app will then automatically generate then name and record 1 lap to the students total. If you scan the code again, the number of laps increases. Once finished you can generate an mail report that contains the rankings, individual distance totals and overall group total.

One of the best features is the apps QR Code generator tool which you can use to generate the QR Code ID cards which you can then print and save. Each QR code is embedded in a student ID card in a credit card size and can be customised with your own logos.

See it in all action in the demo video below;

How do you track student laps with Technology? Should we bring back our Run Lap Tap App?

 

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Episode 105 – The Power of Play with Dale Sidebottom https://thepegeek.com/2018/07/episode-105-the-power-of-play-with-dale-sidebottom/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:15:43 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12241 In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with Dale Sidebottom, the founder of Energetic.Education. Dale shares how he has been able to dramatically change his overall happiness by leveraging 4 core pillars; Exercise Play Mindfulness Sharing These...

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In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with Dale Sidebottom, the founder of Energetic.Education. Dale shares how he has been able to dramatically change his overall happiness by leveraging 4 core pillars;

  • Exercise
  • Play
  • Mindfulness
  • Sharing

These pillars have had such an impact on his life that it eventually led him to the creation of his FREE app Jugar Life.

Jugar is a daily routine app, providing simple but effective strategies you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you experience play. Play can add joy to your life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you with others and the world around you.

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200+ PE Games in the Palm of Your Hand https://thepegeek.com/2018/07/200-pe-games-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:21:48 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12235 After a few months of work behind the scenes, we’ve just dropped the latest update to the classic PE Games mobile app. PE Games is the premier app for PE Teachers on the app store, containing over 200 games in...

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After a few months of work behind the scenes, we’ve just dropped the latest update to the classic PE Games mobile app.

PE Games is the premier app for PE Teachers on the app store, containing over 200 games in a variety of categories designed to help you fill your classes with movement. Inside the app you’ll find a selection of games and activities from the following categories;

1. Chasing Games
2. Cooperative Games
3. Relay Games
4. Reaction Games
5. Major Games
6. General Games
7. Group Games
8. Forming Groups

Each game includes the instructions, equipment and everything you need to play the game. You’ll also find that we’re working our way through the creation of Video Explainers to accompany each game like the one below;

 

As you browse through hundreds of games and activities, you can save these to your ‘Lesson Plan’ for a quick overview glance of the activities you intend to use in your session.

Watch a full tour of the PE Games app below;

You can download the app for iOS & Android devices via the links below

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4 Awesome Apps for Gymnastics https://thepegeek.com/2018/07/4-apps-gymnastics/ Wed, 11 Jul 2018 05:55:21 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=12227 We Take 4 Awesome Apps for Gymnastics for a Spin! How Many have you used? Balance It (iOS/Android) Balance It is a Task Card Resource for PE Teachers. A simple and powerful way to provide students with visual prompts and cues...

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We Take 4 Awesome Apps for Gymnastics for a Spin! How Many have you used?

Balance It (iOS/Android)

Balance It is a Task Card Resource for PE Teachers. A simple and powerful way to provide students with visual prompts and cues designed to help them develop Gymnastic skills.

Featuring over 60 hand drawn balances that progressively build up in difficulty, allowing students to develop their static balance and team work skills.

Featuring
– Individual Balances
– Paired Balances
– Balances of Three People
– Balances of Five People
– Larger Group Balances

Take a tour of the Balance It App below;

Head Over Heels About Gymnastics (iOS)

‘Head Over Heels About Gymnastics’ is the gymnastics app that provides step-by-step instructions and top tips explaining how to perform a large variety of gymnastic skills via simple language, eye catching photography and bite size video tutorials.

In addition to the step by step instructions and top tips there are bite size video tutorials accompanying each gymnastic skill. These high quality clips provide the gymnasts with footage of how to perform the skills under the expert coaching of Gemma Coles, Head Coach of Head Over Heels Gymnastics. These tutorial clips break down all the skills in detail with the addition of a slow motion feature for more advanced skills. The gymnasts in the clips range in ability and therefore provide achievable gymnastics from the basic learner to advanced gymnast.

 

Replay It – Sports Video Delay Tool (Google Chrome)

Replay It is the worlds first Video Delay application made exclusively for Google Chrome. A simple yet powerful real-time video analysis tool that helps you analyse and improve your sporting activities or the performance of your students or athletes.

Replay It records videos and displays them continuously with a time delay for quick and handsfree visual feedback. This allows you to record your performance and watch it a few seconds later directly on your laptop or Chromebook without touching a button.

See how it works in more detail via the Video Delay Webinar below

Multiscreen support means you can set different delay values and view a performance multiple times. This makes it the perfect tool for sports coaches, physical education teachers, dancers, students and much more.

How can you use this in Gymnastics?

  1. Teaching any discrete skills? Setup a laptop/chromebook with the webcam pointing towards the action with a 5-10 second delay. After students complete the skill they move to the laptop to review, repeating this process over and over
  2. Create your own umpire/coach setup during with an injured student to watch replays and provide feedback.
  3. Connect Replay it to a large screen using a Chromecast or Projector cord and bring large screen replays to the entire class
  4. Have students self assess themselves using a peer assessment sheet while watching their replays

Clipstro (iOS)

This amazing app enables you to shoot strobe effect videos in a matter of seconds. Simply record up to 5 seconds of video and it will automatically convert it into an motion sequence video that will blow your mind. Take a look at the example shared by Adriann Defraeije which is by far the best example I’ve seen from the app.

 

 

Tips for Getting the Best Results
1) Keep the camera as still as possible. In cases where the camera needs to follow an action, move the camera slowly and no more than 45 degrees.
2) Keep the background as simple as possible, such as a wall with one solid colour
3) Because actions performed in place will overlap, objects and actions being recorded should move across the video frame.

 

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World’s Largest Group Games & Activities Database https://thepegeek.com/2018/06/worlds-largest-group-games-database/ Fri, 08 Jun 2018 02:34:20 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11893 Fun group activities are one of the most powerful (and attractive) ways to help people connect. And the research shows that building strong, positive & healthy relationships will absolutely amplify the results of whatever your group is trying to get...

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Fun group activities are one of the most powerful (and attractive) ways to help people connect. And the research shows that building strong, positive & healthy relationships will absolutely amplify the results of whatever your group is trying to get done.

So if you’re looking for dozens of sure-fire, high-energy, interactive, leave-them-wanting-more activities, then you’ll want to download the FREE playmeo mobile application. The app is brought to you by Mark Collard, whom we previously interviewed on the PE Geek podcast( which you can listen to below)

In short, this app will help you find the perfect group activity to quickly engage your group & have fun. Combine this with the fact that playmeo is the home of the largest online database of group games & activities in the world and you’ll realise you have everything you need to invite small & large groups of people to play, interact, share, trust & learn.

Inside the app you’ll find immediate access to dozens of:

• Ice-breakers & Get-To-Know-You Games

• Energisers & Brain Breaks

• Tag & PE Games

• Trust & Empathy Exercises

• Team-Building Activities & Puzzles

• Fun Large Group Games

Best of all other new group activities are added regularly, all free, forever! In addition to this the playmeo app includes

• Step-by-Step Instructions

• Video Tutorials

• Dozens of Variations

• Watch episodes of the Facilitator Tips video tutorial series

• Learn valuable leadership skills

• Share your own own group activity ideas

Ideal for classroom & PE teachers, experiential educators, corporate trainers & camp leaders.

All of the activities featured in this app work because people love ‘em. They are universally appealing & require few, if any, props to play. All you have to do is gather your group, open the app & play.

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Episode 104 – An Interview with The PE Geek https://thepegeek.com/2018/05/episode-105-an-interview-with-the-pe-geek/ Thu, 24 May 2018 05:56:26 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11546 In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast Mandy Collins flips the equation and interviews me about technologies and physical education and the observations we’ve made working with tens of thousands of people per year. Some of the questions asked...

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In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast Mandy Collins flips the equation and interviews me about technologies and physical education and the observations we’ve made working with tens of thousands of people per year.

Some of the questions asked include

  1. What have we contributed to in terms of educational thinking and practices?
  2. Do you think PE Teachers have changed the way they teach today?
  3. How can we help apathetic learners in PE?
  4. What should a new teacher focus on and master when they begin teaching?
  5. What are some of biggest mistakes we’ve made along the way?

Press play to listen to the episode below or listen here.

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Episode 103 – Starting from a Solid Foundation with Brenda Tang https://thepegeek.com/2018/04/episode-103-starting-from-a-solid-foundation-with-brenda-tang/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:41:02 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11432 In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we chat with Physical Educator, Brenda Tang and explore her journey to the PE classroom. Throughout the episode we discuss the importance of starting with a solid foundation of good practice when...

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In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we chat with Physical Educator, Brenda Tang and explore her journey to the PE classroom. Throughout the episode we discuss the importance of starting with a solid foundation of good practice when exploring technology in your classroom.

Resources mentioned in this episode include;

  • Prezi
  • Classbreak
  • Balance It
  • OneNote
  • Remind 101

Press play to listen to the episode below or listen here.

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