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Using Dartfish at Stirling University

Posted by drilly on November 16, 2007

I spent a really enjoyable morning working with the PE students from the Stirling University. I was invited along by Will Kay and Suzanne Hargreaves to enhance the students understanding of Dartfish which the department has recently purchased. Will and Suzanne are keen for the students to use the software within their studies and to enhance their teaching whilst on placement. I also showed the students a few other gems like the LTS PE website and this blog where I promised to post some links and a simple Dartfish user guide for them.

We started off with a presentation then moved in to the Gameshall for some practical hands on experience. See the photos below.

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In the Gameshall the Students had to design a simple gymnastic routine  and capture it and analyse it with the dartfish software. The video clip below was captured and edited with dartfish (though titles and audio were incorporated via moviemaker). The video shows a group sequence then individual students comparing themselves to the model performer. The video also highlights a few from the vast array of tools that can enhance the analysis such as text input, tracing the path of an object (feet in this instance), the clone tool to extract one part of the video and lay it on another and the time clock. You will also notice that we are able to compare 4 videos at once.

The students really seemed to enjoy it and felt Dartfish is a tool that could enhance their teaching, some even improved their own performance as a direct result of using the software which really brought home to them the power of this resource. However the biggest cheer of the day was when I asked them if I could use some of the videos from the day to put something together for YouTube so I could share it easier via the blog. I should not have been surprised by this as I would imagine many already had uploaded clips to YouTube or various other video sharing sites. This may also be an indication of how comfortable the next generation of teachers will be with using social media and web 2.0 (or whatever we are calling it now). That however is a post for another day.

What came through from the day for me was the students enthusiasm and willingness to embrace the technology.  I wish I had more time to show them the vast array of other resources that are available for using within their teaching. Another day perhaps.

4 Responses to “Using Dartfish at Stirling University”

  1. Beth Knudtson said

    Hi i am a future pe teacher from the US and i am taking a Technology intergration class right now and i came across your website and was wondering how i could go about finding more information that is on your blog.

  2. drilly said

    Hi Beth email me at i.stanger@LTScotland.org.uk and let me know exactly what you are looking for.

  3. […] can also get a bit more of an insight into Dartfish on my previous post “Using Dartfish at Stirling University” There are photos, a video clip to view and a Dartfish user guide that you can download and […]

  4. […] can also get a bit more of an insight into Dartfish on my previous post “Using Dartfish at Stirling University” There are photos, a video clip to view and a Dartfish user guide that you can download and […]

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