Technology has taken over many things in our day to day lives. We rely on using various technology to support us, for example smart phones, iPad and the internet.
When teaching, I try to incorporate technology when I can, as students expect to see technology in their classroom and during their learning. During my Physical Education (PE) classes time is precious as we all know. My main goal in my teaching is to ensure students achieve the learning intention by the end of the lesson. Therefore technology and using various apps are sometimes included in my classes. Michael Ha @Nerdyphyseder mentioned at a PD not to ‘App-Overload’ and use technology when needed and I couldn’t agree with him more. Use the technology and apps when needed
Below are my top 10 apps, well actually 11, I couldn’t quite make the final 10 decision. Do I use them every lesson? No, however when I use them they benefit my teaching and development and most importantly these apps can make a difference in student learning.
1. Coach’s Eye @CoachsEye (ALL YEARS)
This powerful video analysis tool is a remarkable app which students love to use. I use this app with all year levels so students are able to analysis themselves and their peers. This app enables students to compare skills with each other, as it offers a split screen and students record their findings. Once they’ve completed this, they can upload it onto camera roll and other various apps. I am presenting and talking about this app in the up and coming ACHPER Conference at Monash University.
2. Edmodo @edmodo (Grade 4-6)
This app allows teachers and students to professionally communicate when needed. Students have their own access and can create their own small profile. When I use it, I upload learning intentions, results, padlets, and reminders of excursions or sport days and upload various permission forms. This app is a great app for communication, as sometimes you don’t see your students until the next lesson and if important information needs to get through to them, then using Edmodo sure does help.
3. Idoceo @idoceo (ALL YEARS – TEACHER PURPOSE)
Wow wee, this app has got me organised with my assessment, reminders, notices and timetables. When I was introduced to this app by Andy Hair @MrHair I was impressed from the word go. Since beginning with this app, I no longer have hard copy assessments/checklists or class lists, it is all on one program which is very user friendly. I highly recommend this app.
4. Team Shake (ALL YEARS)
Dividing students into teams can be difficult, this app in Team Shake does the work for you. After listening to Carly Randle @CarlyRandle I was sold on this app and it is a brilliant way to make groups within your PE classes. Once you insert your grades into this and after a quick ‘shake’ the app will do all the work for you and put your students into groups. Brilliant!
5. Explain Everything @explainevrythng (ALL YEARS)
I must admit, this is one of my favourite apps. I was exposed to this app by Sam Irwin @samjirwin. This app you can insert photos, videos, web browsers, record, create a presentation etc. Students use this a lot especially when they create their own games. Students present using this app using their creative ideas and they certainly turn out looking great. It is very easy to use.
6. Coach Note (Grade 3-6)
This app is a very simple app to use when coaching or training your interschool team. Recently with our very successful school basketball team, using this app allowed students to visually see positions, game plans and understand the concept of playing good basketball. This app is also very good for when I teach basketball to my grades, as it also gives them a visual understanding on how a basketball court looks like and begin to build a small understand on how to play the game. You can incorporate other sports into the app as well.
7. Webscorer @Webscorer
I discovered this app through Ashlea Mills @ashleamills and I can’t wait to use this race timer more in the future. This app is very helpful during your schools cross country meets, athletics and other sporting events to get accurate times and finish results for all students involved.
8. Google Drive @googledrive
How good is Google? Especially Google Drive. This back up device is amazing and is able to store your files once you have uploaded them. You’re able to create presentations, forms and documents and share with a certain group. One of the best things about it is once you have shared your forms or documents with your group, you have the power to allow the group to either edit or read only. Google Drive allows your work to save instantly onto your drive.
9. QR Codes @QRCodes
I’ve always been intrigued in using QR codes and I have finally been using them, thanks to Renee Debono @iPadRenee who quickly showed me how to use this brilliant tool. From this I managed to create an Amazing Fitness Race around our school, using QR codes. I plan to do a lot more with QR codes, such a simple, engaging and easy activity to prepare.
10. Video delay
Video delay allows students to watch their own replays of their skill performances. An app to give you instant visual feedback of what you are doing, hands free. It also continuously shows what just happened for quick visual feedback. I used this a lot during our athletics program for my 5/6 students when they were performing high jump. That gave them that quick feedback and therefore the student was able to fix what needed to be fixed on their next attempt.
11. 7 minute workouts
If you ever get stuck for a warm up activity or even just need to fill in time, this is a great app to use. This really gets the students huffing and puffing, where they complete various exercises including core, legs and arms. The app also has designated rest time.
Special mentions to Kahoot, Dungeon Run, Zumba and plenty more! Keep your eye out on various apps of the week in the ICT in PE page for more details.
As mentioned before, it is important not to use technology of various apps ‘just because’ use them when you need to, this is when they work the best and students get the most out of it.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.