The P.E Geek https://thepegeek.com Technology & Physical Education Sun, 15 Apr 2018 02:23:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 25 Ways to Use One Device in PhysEd Webinar https://thepegeek.com/2018/04/25-ways-to-use-one-device-in-physed-webinar/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 05:15:36 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11402 Join me for a FREE 60 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore 25 different ways that you can utilise one device in your PE program.  Each different idea & activity will centre on how it...

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Join me for a FREE 60 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore 25 different ways that you can utilise one device in your PE program.  Each different idea & activity will centre on how it would work in a situation where you only have access to one iPad or Android device.

Topics explored in this webinar include

  1. Apps and websites perfect for one device classes
  2. How to share one device with a big screen
  3. Attachments and supportive resources to make it easy!
  4. Plus much much more

Webinar Details

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Wondering if this webinar is for you? If you are a Physical Education Teacher of students at any age level and you want to understand how you can take one device and implement it into your classroom practice. Then this is for you!

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Episode 102 – Crowd Funding Tech in PE with Bailee Sandsmark https://thepegeek.com/2018/04/episode-102-crowd-funding-tech-in-pe-with-bailee-sandsmark/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:42:39 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11391 In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with PE Teacher Bailee Sandsmark and explore a variety of tools and strategies for using technology in the PE Classroom. We also discuss the power of crowd funding through sites...

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In this episode of The PE Geek podcast we speak with PE Teacher Bailee Sandsmark and explore a variety of tools and strategies for using technology in the PE Classroom. We also discuss the power of crowd funding through sites such as Donors Choose & how she’s be able to leverage these to acquire technology in her program.

Resources

  1. Plickers
  2. Donors Choose
  3. Follow Bailee on Twitter

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3 Apps for Quick End of Class Assessment https://thepegeek.com/2018/03/3-apps-for-quick-end-of-class-assessment/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:01:25 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11375 One of the biggest challenges busy PE Teachers face is how to add quick assessment opportunities into their classes. This is especially important during the conclusion of a session where time is often limited. For this to be possible, we’d...

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One of the biggest challenges busy PE Teachers face is how to add quick assessment opportunities into their classes. This is especially important during the conclusion of a session where time is often limited.

For this to be possible, we’d need a tool that was either available offline, or enabled seamless access for people so that a quick assessment could be conducted. Essentially the technology needs to get out of the way! (the best technology should!)

Here’s 3 examples of interchangeable tools that you can use for quick end of class assessments that will also give you useful assessment data to inform your teaching into the future.  

Plickers

Plickers is an assessment tool that allows for super quick and simple checks of student understanding.  This assessment tool allows teachers to collect on-the-spot formative assessment data without the need to have students use devices or paper and pencil.

Students simply hold up their unique Plickers Cards, in the direction of the teacher at the front of the room. The teacher uses the Plickers app to swiftly scan the room and capture all results.

Students rotate their Plicker’s cards to reflect the answer they wish to submit to their teacher. See the example card below and note the location of the A/B/C/D which need to be pointed towards the sky (in the example below, I’d be submitting B as my answer)

The best part about Plickers is that teacher’s can use this tool with previous planned questions or assess on the fly as needed. See the video below for an idea of how to setup questions ready for your classes.

How to use it for end of session assessment

  1. Ask students to assess their performance at the end of a session using describers mapped to A/B/C/D responses
  2. Test student knowledge from session content
  3. Take it to the next level with Plickers Magnets (join the webinar here)

Socrative

Socrative is a neat app for quick and easy classroom assessment. Socrative allows you to instantly connect with students as learning happens, and makes it simple with no messy logins for students. Then teacher simply sets up their quiz and provides students with the room number. This number is then entered into the socrative website or apps to connect students to your questions.

Quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions (my go to) to get immediate insight into student understanding. Then use auto-populated results to determine the best instructional approach to most effectively drive learning.

See it in action

You can also run Exit tickets as an effective way to gather end-of-class feedback, giving students an opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned and for you to be sure that all teaching objectives were met. You can use this information to clarify any information or inform your future lessons.

 

How to use it for end of session assessment

  1. Use the exit ticket option to ask students gauge how they have students understood the days material
  2. Ask a quick series of multiple choice questions reflecting  to the lesson content
  3. Pair students up and have them work through collaborative questions
  4. Have students use the short answer question type to set goals for the next session

Google forms

Forms are among the internet’s most versatile tools. Whether you need a contact form or a checkout page, a survey or a student directory, a form is all you need to easily gather that information. However, when Google released Google Forms, they made it possible for people to build them without any specialist skills in minutes.

Take a look at the recording from a session inside the ConnectedPE Community, where Adam Llevo explores the power of Google Forms in PE.

 

How to use it for end of session assessment

  1. Combine Images or Animated GIFs in your Google Forms and have students critique these
  2. Ask students to complete end of class self assessments using the multiple choice, sliding scale and short answer options
  3. Complete a fast exit ticket
  4. Test student knowledge from session content

 

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Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 48 https://thepegeek.com/2018/02/top-apps-for-pe-teachers-part-48/ https://thepegeek.com/2018/02/top-apps-for-pe-teachers-part-48/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:44:01 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11192 Classroom Roulette There is no question that mystery and the “unknown” are powerful agents for classroom engagement. This is why I love the Classroom roulette app, a simple spinning wheel that will help to spice up your classes with truly...

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Classroom Roulette

There is no question that mystery and the “unknown” are powerful agents for classroom engagement. This is why I love the Classroom roulette app, a simple spinning wheel that will help to spice up your classes with truly random selections.
You can use it to configure your own lists with students, activities, questions, reflections names or any other combination.
The possibilities are literally Endless!

See it in action in the video below;

 

Sweat Deck

Sweat Deck is a deck of cards exercise app for iPhone & iPad that will help you mix up your fitness routine with an endless combination of simple & effective workouts!

It’s simple: Assign an exercise to each suit & perform them as cards are drawn from the deck – the card’s value represents how many reps of the exercise to do.


Sweat Deck is also a quick & casual way to add a bit more exercise into a Physical Education session. You can even connect your device to a Big Screen to make the activity available to all of your students.

GroupClip

Imagine if you had a mobile app that let you shoot multi camera angle videos automatically? Well, now you do!

Creating multi-camera video stories used to be just for the pro’s and video editing fanatics. But now with GroupClip everyone can create compelling multi-angle video stories and edit them into multiframe video and image mash-up clips in just minutes.

How does GroupClip work?
– Login
– Invite up to four friends to start a simultaneous recording
– Works on Wi-Fi and cellular data (3G/4G)
– All footage is automatically synchronized in the cloud
– Edit the synchronized video clips directly in the app
– All co-recorders can create their own version of the video
– Tap on the time lines to (de)activate the parts you want to show
– Add photos, music and new video
– Use one of the many standard multi-frame templates
– Easily drag and drop clips into the position you want
– Directly share your video on your social media
– You can also create single user video and image mash-up clips

How can you use this in PhysEd?

  1. Create multi angle skill videos
  2. Record high quality footage of team activities
  3. Add a video crew into a Sports Education unit
  4. Engaged injured students

 

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Converting YouTube Videos into Animated GIF’s https://thepegeek.com/2018/02/converting-youtube-videos-animated-gifs/ https://thepegeek.com/2018/02/converting-youtube-videos-animated-gifs/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 02:40:40 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11186 Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge resurgence of animated GIFs in popular culture, with meme’s and hilarious cat loops leading the way. They’ve clearly grown to become a new age visual medium which is super effective at...

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Over the last few years we’ve seen a huge resurgence of animated GIFs in popular culture, with meme’s and hilarious cat loops leading the way. They’ve clearly grown to become a new age visual medium which is super effective at communicating bite sized pieces in information in our various channels.

With this in mind, we’ve noticed a HUGE uptake in the number of teachers using animated GIF’s in their instruction. As a result we’ve had an influx of questions and requests for resources and we thought we’d start by showcasing just how easy it is to generate your own Animated GIF’s using YouTube clips.

See this in action in the video below;

Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to generate your own GIF’s using YouTube videos as the source – my question is what will you do with them? How could they fall into your practice and instruction?

Want some help to take it to the next level?

Then join 1000+ PE Teachers from around the world inside the ConnectedPE Community and gain access to the ‘Animated GIF’s in PhysED Course‘. In this course we’ll demonstrate the power of animated GIFs in the Physical Education practical & theory based classroom. Throughout the course you’ll learn the following;

  1. What Animated GIFs are
  2. How to create your own Animated GIFs using a range of apps & websites
  3. How to create your own from YouTube & other online videos
  4. Different ways to use animated GIFs in your PE classes
  5. Much More

You can also browse the 100+ hours of on demand courses on offer inside ConnectedPE right here

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Celebrating Learning & Achievement in PhysED with Technology https://thepegeek.com/2018/01/celebrating-learning-achievement-physed-technology/ https://thepegeek.com/2018/01/celebrating-learning-achievement-physed-technology/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:14:47 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11337 Join me for a FREE 45 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore different ways that you can leverage technologies to celebrate student learning and achievement in your physical education program. During this webinar you’ll learn;...

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Join me for a FREE 45 minute webinar with certificate of completion in which we will explore different ways that you can leverage technologies to celebrate student learning and achievement in your physical education program.

During this webinar you’ll learn;

  1. Why we should celebrate learning and achivement
  2. Why Technology is the perfect way to take celebration to the next level
  3. How you can celebrate using video, images, audio & websites
  4. How you can take “PhysED home” and engage parents and the wider community
  5. Plus much much more

Wondering if this webinar is for you? If you are a Physical Education Teacher of students at any age level and you want to understand how to share & capture the great work that students do with parents, the school and wider community”

 

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Episode 101 – Exploring the Research with Julia Sargent https://thepegeek.com/2018/01/episode-101-exploring-research-julia-sargent/ https://thepegeek.com/2018/01/episode-101-exploring-research-julia-sargent/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:30:37 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11028 In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we interview Julia Sargent and explore why teachers are introducing emerging technologies in their practice even though they’re not required too. The conversation moves between the benefits of introducing technologies into our...

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In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we interview Julia Sargent and explore why teachers are introducing emerging technologies in their practice even though they’re not required too. The conversation moves between the benefits of introducing technologies into our practices & how we can ensure that learning remains the focus.

Resources

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Episode 100 – One Hundred Ways to Use Technology in PE https://thepegeek.com/2017/12/episode-100-one-hundred-ways-use-technology-pe/ https://thepegeek.com/2017/12/episode-100-one-hundred-ways-use-technology-pe/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 02:01:59 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11057 In the 100th episode of The PE Geek Podcast we celebrate by sharing 100 different ways that you can introduce Technologies into your Physical Education classroom. On their own the ideas won’t transform your teaching, but our goal here is...

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In the 100th episode of The PE Geek Podcast we celebrate by sharing 100 different ways that you can introduce Technologies into your Physical Education classroom. On their own the ideas won’t transform your teaching, but our goal here is to spark the curiosity that drives exploration of these ideas in your lessons.

Want to see how much of a PE Geek you are? Download the checklist and see how many of the ideas you’ve trialed and perhaps implemented in your lessons. Share your results on social media and in the comments below.

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

 

Fun & Fitness

  1. Generate a random workout for your students with Swork It
  2. Complete a Pilates session with FitnessBlender.com
  3. Play fitness bingo using the Classroom Roulette app
  4. Getting your students jumping rope with Jump It
  5. Use the Move It Chrome Extension to get active during static classroom sessions
  6. Take an active break with the ClassBreak app
  7. Get active with Sweat Deck
  8. Conduct the beep test with music using Music Beep Test
  9. Crank endless workout music with Fit Radio
  10. Hide exercise monsters in your school and have students hunt them down with Monsuta Fitness
  11. Use the FitBreak app to discover 45 games and activities designed for fun and fitness in PE
  12. Get your group balances on with Balance It
  13. Introduce Yoga with Cosmic Kids Yoga
  14. Find a PE Game to play with a shake of a device with PE Shake

 

Video

  1. Slo down a discrete skill with SloPro
  2.  Compare a beginner to an elite athlete with Hudl Technique
  3. Offer a hands free instant replay with Video Delay on iOS & Android
  4. Offer a hands free instant replay on Chromebook with Replay It
  5. Create a highlight reel using Video Tagger
  6. Turn an elite performer into a looping animated GIF using Loop It
  7. Create a strobe motion video using Clipstro
  8. Use GroupClip to record a multi angle video on sports game or activity
  9. Use DMD vClone to create a video with the same person or object appearing in more than a single place, as if they are clones.
  10. Have an injured or non participant record and edit an advocacy video highlighting your PE class using iMovie
  11. Turn any YouTube clip into a gif by placing ‘gif’ in front of the youtube URL and hitting ENTER
  12. Showcase videos to a Big Screen using a ChromeCast or Apple TV
  13. Have your class Go Live using Facebook Live or Periscope
  14. Strap a GoPro to a student during gameplay for first person action
  15. Fly a Drone over a game to see an epic top down perspective

 

Assessment & Evaluation

  1. Collate a student portfolio with SeeSaw
  2.  Capture formative assessment with plickers
  3.  Use Kahoot to create an engaging quiz
  4. Socrative to test pre content knowledge
  5. Google forms for simple quizzes
  6. Create dynamic documents using google forms responses using Autocrat
  7. Use the app iDoceo to capture assessment data tied to students
  8. Use a QR Code in a Google form to assess student skills 
  9. Take your students through an engaging presentation with Nearpod
  10.  Create an electronic bulletin board with Padlet
  11. Teach anything to anyone from anywhere with Educreations

Google

  1. Have students collaborate on a written piece in Google Docs
  2. Collate & graph and entire classes heart rate response in Google Sheets
  3. Have students showcase their knowledge with Google Slides
  4. Create an online classroom environment with Google classroom
  5. Have students draw anatomical diagrams using google drawings
  6. Create a school or classroom website with google sites
  7. Create a digital portfolio of student achievement using the google drive folder structures and the mobile apps
  8. Generate hundreds of student certificates in seconds using google sheets and autocrat addon
  9. Capture ongoing student observations from a google form to a google document with docAppender
  10. Use the formmule addon to send mail merge emails
  11. Create a self grading quiz with Flubaroo for Google Forms
  12. Build a collaborative calendar for you and your students to track key events

Active Gaming

  1. Slay the monsters using real world physical activity with Dungeon Runner
  2.  Outrun the Zombies apocalypse with Zombies, Run
  3.  Turn your everyday walks into a world saving adventure with The Walk
  4. Exercise and save the planet with Superhero Workout
  5. Complete a 7 Minute Workout 
  6. Play a Game of Motion Tennis using your iPhone as the racket
  7. Explore the real world while exercising on a cardio machine with BitGym

Augmented & Virtual Reality

  1. Create an augmented reality treasure hunt with Metaverse.io
  2. Wear a  Virtuali-tee and point the app to see inside the internal organs
  3. Place a augmented reality model into the real world with Human Anatomy Atlas
  4. Test your speed and agility with AR runner
  5. Measure a long jump without a tape measure using MeasureKit and Augmented Reality
  6. Take an immersive tour of the human heart on your kitchen table with Insight Heart
  7. Build interactive posters and flyers with Aurasma
  8. Create a VR experience with cospaces.io
  9. Play a virtual reality soccer game with Final Kick VR
  10. Watch an immersive 360 degree video with a VR headset to experience what it’s like

 

Productivity

  1. Save passwords with LastPass
  2.  Communicate with your colleagues using slack
  3. Get focused on one thing using the momentum dash chrome extension
  4. Unsubscribe from all emails with unroll.me
  5. Collaborate on projects using Trello it’s like post it notes for your computer
  6. Get more productive using the Brain.Fm radio station
  7. Track the time you spend digitally using rescue time
  8. Automate repetitive tasks with IFFTT or Workflows
  9. Record a screencast with the Screencastify Chrome Extension
  10. Subscribe to websites with Feedly
  11. Ensure you get an email reply from a colleague with Boomerang

Useful Tools

81 Time sprint races with incredible accuracy using SprintTimer
82. Time your start reaction time using using sprintStart
83. Measure your vertical jump using the What’s My Vertical App
84. Create engaging classroom posters with Canva
85. Take 25 photos of your PE class and have animoto create an epic video montage with music
86. Have you students produce an infographic of their knowledge with Piktochart
87. Create an engaging worksheet using Comic Life
88. Use Care Monkey to organise your permission letters and notes home
89. Have an injured student complete stats using SwipeStats
90. Measure your heart rate from your mobile device using Cardiio
91. Get your students calm and focused with smiling mind
92. Showcase the rules of a new game with Coach Note
93. Easily create brackets by categories, and share brackets with people via email and social networks with the Bracket App
94. Test your sprint speed using the fitnessmeter app
95. Download YouTube clips for offline play at www.clipconverter.cc/
96. Create a PE Newsletter with Smore
97. Track the time, speed and much more of your run with Runkeeper
98. Create a QR Code using QRstuff.com
99. Create a QR Code treasure hunt using the Class Tools Website
100. Become a better PE Teacher by engaging and learning on twitter 

 

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The 7 Day Apps in PE Bootcamp https://thepegeek.com/2017/12/7-day-apps-pe-bootcamp/ https://thepegeek.com/2017/12/7-day-apps-pe-bootcamp/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 04:15:23 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=11054 Join us for a brand new FREE eCourse called The 7 Day Apps in PE Bootcamp. The course was inspired by the countless emails I receive asking for tips and suggestions on the best apps and tools to get started...

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Join us for a brand new FREE eCourse called The 7 Day Apps in PE Bootcamp. The course was inspired by the countless emails I receive asking for tips and suggestions on the best apps and tools to get started with mobile devices in the PE Classroom.

With this in mind, the team have pieced together a little jumpstart course that is being delivered via Messenger.  Whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned user, an iPhone or Android fan, you’ll find a tonne of value.

 


Inside the course you’ll find apps and resources covering

  1. Exercise and warm up games
  2. Music and Dance Activities
  3. Gymnastic Resources
  4. Video Analysis Tools
  5. Assessment & Portfolio Tools
  6. Teacher Tools

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Episode 99 – Swimming with Technology with Joel Smedes https://thepegeek.com/2017/11/episode-99-swimming-technology-joel-smedes/ https://thepegeek.com/2017/11/episode-99-swimming-technology-joel-smedes/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 08:38:42 +0000 https://thepegeek.com/?p=10952 In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we speak with Joel Smedes a passionate Phys Ed teacher working in Laos. Throughout the episode we explore how he got started using various technologies and how he’s applied these in swimming...

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In this episode of The PE Geek Podcast we speak with Joel Smedes a passionate Phys Ed teacher working in Laos. Throughout the episode we explore how he got started using various technologies and how he’s applied these in swimming lessons.

Links & resources mentioned in this episode;

  1. PE & Swim Stuff
  2. Follow Joel on Twitter

Press play to listen to the episode below or listen here. Alternatively, download a full episode transcript here

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[00:00:29] Jarrod Robinson: Hello everyone and welcome to episode number 99 of the PE Geek Podcast and as always, it’s a pleasure to have you listening and I’m joined today by Joel Smedes. How are you?

[00:00:39] Joel Smedes: Good, thank you Jarrod thanks for having me.

[00:00:40] Jarrod Robinson: Very welcome, where are you in the world are you joining us from on today’s episode?

[00:00:47] Joel Smedes: I’m in Vientiane in Laos, and I’m at home at the moment, chose an early morning time when everyone else was still asleep.

[00:00:56] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, and we were just talking before that your journey in this like educational teaching world has had you visiting many different continents and countries and but home base for you like is Melbourne, Australia or in Australia but you’ve been all over the place. You can just tell us a little bit more about that?

[00:01:15] Joel Smedes: Yeah, so I was in Melbourne and taught for a few years there before I decided to go and look at the overseas scene. I went to England first and —

[00:01:24] Jarrod Robinson: As many Ozzies do.

[00:01:26] Joel Smedes: As many Ozzies do you, yeah, it’s good to get recruited to there. They’re pretty straight forward. Then I was in Oman for a little bit. And moved to Latvia and in Latvia was my first international IB school doing the PYP. After that we were in Angola for three years, my wife and I. And she’s a teacher as well. And now we’re in Laos and we’re into our seventh year at VIS – Vientiane International School in Laos.

[00:01:57] Jarrod Robinson: Isn’t it amazing that this career, you have the opportunity to do that, like you can sort of see the planet, get a feel for different cultures and places and all the while you’re still teaching that same core job that you would be doing if you were here in Australia or anywhere else. It’s quite extraordinary isn’t it?

[00:02:15] Joel Smedes: Yeah, fantastic. We’ve enjoyed it so far. I met my wife in Latvia, she’s America background. She taught in China before she moved to Latvia as well. And then from there we’ve done another couple of posts and we’re enjoying where we are at the moment. But, you know of course you’re always starting to look on, oh where’s another place we could go teach next and we haven’t done South America yet, what about South America.

[00:02:44] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, yeah, I mean it sounds like you have done quiet, pretty much nearly all the continents by —

[00:02:50] Joel Smedes: Yeah, it’s getting there.[00:02:52] Jarrod Robinson: Getting close. So, what sort of, what’s the appeal with obviously the travel part plays a huge role. But are there other things that play as well that sort of entice you to want to stay in the international school scene?

[00:03:06] Joel Smedes: Yes, well as I mentioned before my wife’s actually American and as it stands Mara doesn’t actually have a visa to live in Australia and I don’t have a visa to live in the States yet because when you do that you’ve actually got to go and live there permanently and stay for a while to make it all official.

And we’re enjoying doing this at the moment so we’re both like well, we can’t just choose to go to live for one year in Australia or to go for one year to the States because we if I go to get the visa I have to stay there for a long time to make it a permanent. So, we’re not ready to do that at the moment and we’re just, let’s keep on doing these international schools. So, get to travel around, visit friends and family. And I’ve got a brother who’s also an international school teacher and we match up on holidays when holidays connect and so it’s really good, yeah.

[00:04:01] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, so great option for people listening that are phys ed teachers or any teacher for that matter and they’re looking for ways in which they could potentially take their family out and explore new places. So, how do you actually get started with that because it’s probably new to many people who are listening, like where do they go if they wanted to do the international school thing?

[00:04:23] Joel Smedes: Yeah, so there’s a, we’ve been through a couple of recruiting agencies before, Search Associates is a big one that many people use and they run recruiting fairs in different places throughout the world, there’s Bangkok, Sydney, Dubai, London. There’s also a couple of other international school services and CSI- The Council of International School run recruiting fairs a lot of the time.

But there’s also many other companies that you can get online with to look for job placements and recruiting agencies and they just enter your information, what you teach, your experience and where you’re willing to go and what you want to do and at first, it’s a little bit, oh my goodness, where are we going to go, where are we thinking of going. But, after a bit of time you can see the pattern, figure out what sort of places you like and what you want to go to.

[00:05:21] Jarrod Robinson: So, how has your teaching evolved over that period of time. Like obviously you’ve worked in a lot of different schools and different sort of backgrounds, I’m sure there are some that have been more resourced than others. How has that impacted the teaching and how has your teaching changed across the course of that time thinking way back to when you first started in Australia.

[00:05:42] Joel Smedes: Definitely changed, definitely changed. I would say the biggest change I’ve had and what I’ve really enjoyed is becoming connected with the IB schools and doing the PYP. We, I do with the PE now and I really enjoy having the freedom that I have to be able to create units that I want, within the PYP framework that can really work for the students at our school where they are at this moment. And the way we do connections and make connections with their classroom learning, what we can do between PE and carry over to issues and topics that they’re covering in their classroom as opposed to some other curriculums that I’ve taught in, structures where it’s very regimented and this is what we’re doing in term one, term two, term three, or term four.

With the IB stuff I have great opportunity to create my own units within the framework and make it what I want, reflect on it and change it totally up again and when you’ve got a good coordinator as well they let you get away, or try many different things so that’s great.

[00:07:02] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah that is cool and that whole framework idea where you can sort of bring in other subject areas and have the learning happening across multiple different domains is really attractive. And Dan Popescu who is a Connected PE member and presenter at Connected PE conferences, he did like this whole parkour thing and he used obviously the phys ed time to do the skills for parkour. It was gymnastic-esq but then outside of that there was all of this thing happening with art teachers doing their stuff, supporting that unit and there was writing things happening. And you can just see how it becomes this really rich tapestry of more authentic learning. And I guess that was what happens at your school too.

[00:07:44] Joel Smedes: Yeah, absolutely. The, what I really try to do at the start of the year is to identify some units that the students are doing in their classroom that I can really make a good connection with. Oh, look this unit here, there’s something solid to try and connect to with some PE learning engagement that we can do.

One example is a grade two unit. They look into forces in motion within a science unit they’re doing. And when I looked at that and I thought oh some biomechanics stuff popped out at me and we could do experiments with push verses pull experiments in the swimming pool with buoyancy pushing kickboards underwater, testing the different forces.
The best part of that unit was their trip to the bowling alley of course to roll different bowling balls down, I had them set up with the different size bowling balls and pushing them down the ramp and observations on the force and the impact it makes when it’s smashing down the pins.

And but it just had a real impact on the students and they went back to their classroom and talked about oh yeah, we talked about this and we’ve done these experiments in PE and they were able to make connections to the unit that they were doing in the classroom.

[00:09:04] Jarrod Robinson: Makes it more real. The problem with a lot of, some of the more traditional curriculums is they are very siloed and very rigid and you’re in PE and you learn this but then when you go to the next subject there’s no connection or no even, not even though that there should be connection but realistically there are connections and we can explore them with great benefit.

So, is it, is it right in saying that somewhere along this line you working in the IB framework you saw that technology could play one of those roles to help bridge connections as well?

[00:09:37] Joel Smedes: Definitely, that’s been a big change for me with the PE classes adding more technology and new stuff. As the years go on we’ve added to what we’ve got in our PE department. But it’s also, yes being able to open up the units more for deeper inquiry so students can really inquire a bit more and take charge of their own group work that they’re doing, video record their own group work, put together that they watch videos, reflect on it, try something different again.

With our iPads that we have at the moment now students can, if they’re working in a group on some activity or some inquiry can go into search something by themselves in, on the net and go back to what they were doing, recording group work. So, that has definitely deepened the inquiry having greater technology.

[00:10:38] Jarrod Robinson: Well, it makes things that weren’t possible before possible, like without the technology the mere thought of going and researching a video of an elite performer and then contrasting that to yourself it’s not something that you can actually achieve.

So, the technology brings about more opportunities and smart teachers like yourself leverage it and it seems like you’ve had this sort of affinity to the aquatic environment to test some of these things out, whether that’s with the iPads or whether that’s with some other tech. So, what are some of the things that you’ve done in that aquatic environment that I’ve heard so much about.

[00:11:18] Joel Smedes: So, again I try to, I mean we run swimming at the pool, a few years ago we were fortunate again to push to get a 25-meter pool and a 10×10 meter learn to swim pool built at the school and that’s been a big change for the aquatics program.

So, once that was built of course many parents are always interested in learning to swim programs and how do students become really good at swimming. But, I also wanted to make sure with that we’re sticking to our PYP curriculum and that we view the swimming pool as just another venue to continue learning what we want to do with our unit not just get in the pool and swim laps up and down because we have a pool.

So, trying to make connections with units, again, with a grade two unit I was able to do some of those forces experiments in the pool and things like that. With other units I’ve done lots of adventure challenges units where we can make different games and challenges in the units, water based Frogger leaping from mats to across to mats across to mats to across the pool and stuff like that. Different blindfolded, we’d get googles and darken the googles out and doing blindfolded challenges in the pool, in the small pool. Can’t do that in the deep pool. But and trying different things in the swimming pool other than just swimming laps and moving up and down.

[00:12:53] Jarrod Robinson: Which is the typical sort of swimming and a lot of schools still sort of stick to and it has this either love it or loathe it sort of mentality but if you look at how people interact in the pool environment if they choose to do it on their own accord it’s usually a bit different to the just do laps idea. So–

[00:13:13] Joel Smedes: Absolutely and you see that on the weekend where you do a lot of, we open the pool up more over the last year for weekend community swimming at the pool and when the students and parents come on the weekend there’s not just swimming laps up and down. But, at the same time, we understand the balance, parents, I’m a parent as well, we want our children to be able to learn and develop their swimming techniques. So, we have to try and find the balance between doing some standalone swimming and some great challenges and activities that they can do. And then if I can, find some connections to doing some what of they’re doing in the classroom and making some there as well.

[00:13:54] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, that’s the exact philosophy that we have with our swimming program and it lead us to build the swim games app which was an opportunity to leverage some more fun activities that had a byproduct of some of the swimming skills that we were hoping to achieve. And because I just distinctly remember when I first turned up at the school and this is the list of things that you need to teach and do and I just remember a lot of disengaged people and people deliberately forgetting their swimming gear and it’s just becoming this battle but when we switched it to a different focus these things happened organically and we got results without really making them the priority. So, I believe in that philosophy.
So, you mentioned something about Go Pros to me earlier on in the conversation. Like what were you using those for?

[00:14:48] Joel Smedes: Initially started using Go Pros just to record swimming styles, swimming strokes, techniques, sharing them online with parents, we use SeeSaw as our online platform. And initially starting to use that but then I wanted to try to expand it so that again it’s not just looking at swimming technique.

So, we trialed a couple of different units, we did a unit for in grade three I think it was a movement composition focusing on gymnastics. And I thought well try and open it up is there, it’s not maybe any real unit that anyone else does anywhere, get some students, why don’t we try some gymnastic movements in the water, in the small pool. Can we do forward roles and backward role, going to do handstands in the water. And the kids just, some of the kids loved it, a small group said this is fun, let’s give it a try.

I didn’t know what would really come of it. But for that unit they thought it was fantastic having the Go Pro and holding it underwater and filming each other’s movement composition that they created inside the small pool. And then they were able to upload that onto SeeSaw and comment about it and write about how they constructed the routine and why they chose the movements in that composition that they chose to put in there.

[00:16:14] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, I mean a lot of people underestimate just the pure value of simply seeing yourself on video. Like we, a lot of people get caught up in the idea of okay if I record it then what are we going to do with the footage, like are we analyzing it, are we comparing or contrasting it.

But, I mean all that stuff is really valuable but I think there’s this inherent opportunity to just simply motivate and engage that we can’t ignore. Like, I remember how powerful it was to see myself on video performing something when I was a young kid. So, that opportunity alone is quiet, is quite massive.

And just the ability to share that with parents and you mentioned SeeSaw and for those that aren’t aware of what SeeSaw is it’s like a digital portfolio tool, you capture footage and you assign them to student portfolios and you can take that further can’t you, like you can give parents access to then view their own kid’s material.

[00:17:12] Joel Smedes: So, that’s actually a good, safe part about SeeSaw is that you can secure it that only these parents or whoever you invite, grandparents through an email request to click on this link and that will only be the people who can access that content that you put up for this student.

[00:17:31] Jarrod Robinson: It’s amazing, it really is.

[00:17:32] Joel Smedes: So, like the, something to post or the students post, we’re trying to empower the students to post as much themselves. Then they select their name that they’re involved, it’ll tag them and send an email to their parents that there’s a new posting for their student and they can go up and have a look at it. And it’s also a great way to get them to interact and do things. I’ve started this year putting more tasks onto SeeSaw and the students then get a notification. We can, here’s a task to do before we come to PE and you’ve done a little bit of frontloading as well especially for the grade fours and grade fives.
They have, well actually all the students now we’ve rolled out a one-to-one iPad device in the primary classroom. So, the grade four and five are using them non-stop and they get their own emails, they get their own notifications, we can send them something and say alright, get this ready for Wednesday’s lesson or something like that.

[00:18:28] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, I mean the greatest part about the iPad and other tablet style devices is just that they’re so friction free. They’re so easy to use, there’s high level battery life, they’re intuitive, the experiences make sense the opposite of this would be a tech device that might do the same thing but you spend ten minutes trying to log on and get access and find the page. But, with the iPad it’s just very intuitive so I think that’s–

[00:18:55] Joel Smedes: Well, that’s right that was only a matter a few years ago where I didn’t have the things I’ve got at the moment. We had a few flip cameras and some notebooks. But, we tried to spend one lesson for example doing a reflection, they’d say okay let’s stop and sit down for a few minutes, do a reflection at the end of this unit, let’s open up the notebooks and log on and fill out this form that I’ve created, I thought it would be wonderful and it was taking 20 minutes to log on and get onto the network and all this sort of, so it was right, we have to fix that and change that.

[00:19:30] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, and that’s why the best experiences are those that have really been intuitive and efficient and that’s why I personally continue to advocate for these type of experiences and things like tablet and iPad devices and so on. I firmly believe that there isn’t a perfect device, like I’m a fan of Android, I’m a fan of iOS but they just have to be intuitive, they have to not use up too much time. They have to get a result.

[00:19:54] Joel Smedes: Yes, the, certainly. The other part with the reflection and the medium feedback you were talking about a bit earlier using the iPads and one changer for me has been having a screen an Apple TV box within inside classroom and I’ve just finished the other day. We got one installed near front court and we’re getting it all connected up. So, we’re doing something on front court we can video it, stop, let’s go over to the screen, quickly mirror your iPad, press play and show the students right there again and let’s try again. It’s been really amazing doing that.

[00:20:35] Jarrod Robinson: Well, the argument here is that you’ve turned your PE classroom into a classroom, it’s not just a place where people get active which is still how a lot of programs think about phys ed is just one goal which is get active and moving. And don’t get me wrong, there should be that element to it, but we are a classroom, we are supposed to impart things and have outcomes and if you’ve got a space and a display to make that possible you just make it easier to do that stuff. And I get so frustrated with departments that don’t understand that value. So, you guys obviously having some good wins with that.

[00:21:14] Joel Smedes: And I’m discovering as well that more I’m using these devices that we can, if I just set an up an activity which might be an inquiry based stations activity, just let the kids go for it and try different things at different stations and they might see something on a device to try it, alright I’m going to trial and that they just get involved more with we’re not stopping, talking about some instructions or how to play this game, how to try that. It’s just short sharp stations but they keep moving for a lot of the lesson and they’re do it, they’re more engaged, they’re more active because they’re trying to access something different, something new, let’s try out this activity.

[00:21:58] Jarrod Robinson: Love it, big fan. So, I know that you actually have a website as well that you sort of update with some swimming related material and other little thoughts and so on. Where can people go to find that?

[00:22:11] Joel Smedes: At peswimstuff all one word, you have peswimstuff.com, I try to think up of some groovy name a few years back after being encouraged by a couple of people, Andy Vasily in particular you said make a blog, get your stuff up on a blog. And so, I thought what can I do? Well, I wanted to add swimming there as well because I try to do as much swimming and so like a PE and swim sort of stuff so I came up with that name.

[00:22:41] Jarrod Robinson: Yeah, I know it’s insane, it’s how powerful that, the blogging can really be. And you come up with this idea, peswimstuff.com but to someone it’s useful and they find some value and to yourself they, it’s really valuable for your own reflective experience. I look back at some of the stuff that I wrote in the early days and I almost cringe. But that’s the whole point of this thing it’s like, it’s a vehicle to improve and the great part about it is it doesn’t just have to be solo, you can share that.

So, I really thank you for putting work out there. And there will be links in the show notes at thepegeek.com/99 for episode 99. And you go and check out the work that Joel’s doing. So, thanks again for stopping by. It’s an absolute pleasure and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

[00:23:35] Joel Smedes: Absolutely Jarrod, thank you very much.

[00:23:37] Jarrod Robinson: Thanks mate.

[00:23:39] Joel Smedes: Okay, cheers bye.

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