Technology has a great deal of application in Physical Education. Find below some of my favorite applications that I use regularly.
Student-centered digital portfolio
A digital portfolio that empowers student to take ownership of their learning. Parents log into the class account and can only see what their child posts up or the class blog that the teacher creates effortlessly through the app.
Leave it to mother chance? No, leave it to mother phone.
I use this app regularly as it gets rid of the awkward ‘team captain’ selection process and the ‘1-2-1-2-1- what number am I, teacher?’ Enter in the names of your students, select how many teams you’re looking to use, shake, and presto! Teams sorted.
People will think you're an elephant
With seamless connectivity between all devices I can write notes down into my phone when something in my class occurs and use it for report cards down the track on my laptop. With over 250 students to look after it can be tough to keep track of student achievements mentally, therefore, Evernote helps with my mental shortcomings.
Run your sports events like a pro
During my athletics events, I set up a big screen which linked to the event feed. Athletes regularly came back and forth to see results continuously being updated through the software – team scores, individual results, event progress, etc.
Now, there are 24 teachers in the room!
I have been experimenting a lot with PowerPoint and I have to say it really does assist in developing independent and empowered learners. Airdrop or create a link for the students to download it and all of a sudden, the whole unit is in their hands. It allows students to develop skills at their own pace but also creates opportunities for leadership by coaching others. This turns a teacher-led lesson, into a student-centered classroom with the teacher being a facilitator of learning. I have my PowerPoints here.
Race against the iPad.
Turn your device into an all-in-one timing tool. This app is great since there are multiple ways to time and record your students: photo finish, video finish and motion finish. A new feature it supports is electronic starting gun connectivity – somehow, I do not think I can get that into the school budget, but we can all dream.
Genius or over-confident?
A platform where you can create interactive learning games. Easily create multiple choice questions where students answer through their devices. Students get points for answering the question correctly within the set time limit. However, you get more points for answering the question correctly quickly.
From Padawan to Jedi - in the coaches world.
Turn your iPad into a digital whiteboard. I use this app predominantly for my Invasion Games unit. But, I had one student use it for her Adventure Challenge reflection. Students can move pieces around different playing fields indicate different strategies or tactics. Students can also record their plays and voice within the app. App smash with Seesaw and they can share their work from CoachNote onto their digital portfolio.