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National PE Conference Using ICT in PE workshop

Posted by drilly on December 20, 2007

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I was a little disappointed with my presentation firstly due to its rushed nature caused by the overrun from the keynote and my Internet connection dropping at the start of the workshop. Secondly the fact I had to omit content to keep to the time scale and thirdly there really was no time for interaction or discussion. Thankfully I can make some amends through this blog. As I explained yesterday through the blog we can extend the impact and the interaction from the workshop continue your engagement, give you the opportunity to raise further questions and I will provide links to all the resources I discussed an some that I did not have time to.

I started off discussing the LTS PE website unfortunately the Internet connection went down so I suggested your CPD from the workshop could be to get on the site and explore all it has to offer. What I had intended to do was to show some of the extensive resources on the site and demonstrate how you could use a wonderful free  web tool delicious to create online book marks for sites that you find interesting and useful that can then be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.  For a simple guide watch the video below (You probably will be unable to view the video in school as it is hosted on YouTube).

You may find my PE bookmarks  useful that I have set up using delicious. You may want to consider setting this up for your PE department to tag interesting sites or share frequently visited sites with pupils. This can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection

Thankfully the Internet connection was established and I was able to move on to talk about Blogs and Wikis. However in my rush to get back on track I did not really explain what a blog or a wiki was other than them being online collaborative tools which you can upload content too. For a For those of you who want to know a bit more about blogging I previously posted this video explaining blogging in simple terms . If you want to give blogging a go check out this post on my school blog containing tutorials on setting up and using wordpress blogs and using netvibes. If you look on the “links” section on the left hand side near the top of the page I have links to several PE blogs that you may find interesting.

The next part of the presentation focused on wikis the following video (also on YouTube) will help you understand a little more about what a wiki is.

I demonstrated the Banchory H/Int2 wiki and explained that the content was there for people to download and use and share as long as they were willing to reciprocate and acknowledge the source. Wikis offer real scope for collaboration between teachers for resource development between teachers and pupils for learning. I explained that teachers can sign up for free wikis that are advert free at wikispaces. Wikispaces also has video tutorials to help get you started within their help section.

When I was discussing the wikis I highlighted using Youtube to incorporate inspirational and interesting videos. There is actually a lot of very good content on you tube and other video hosting sites such as google video. However most schools block these sites a way round this is to use a third party software to save the clips to your computer this article form Wired explains how to do it and the software to use. We use the videos as a hook for the pupils and also to make the wiki more attractive and lastly to engage the children though adopting a piece of their own culture. Our pupils are creating their own environments outside school with video audio text and many other applications in sites such as bebo and myspace and facebook and we want our wiki to reflect some of that cool. Remember Alan McLean’s keynote he referred to the motivation of the learners if the subject had a perception of being cool. 

The next software I demonstrated was Observing Children Moving and how it could be used as a teacher or indeed a pupil resource. You can watch a review of this software on this Teachers TV video. The video also reviews 2 other pieces of software for use in PE.

The next pieces of software I discussed using were from Birchfield these included the PE specific content in the  lesson kits and lesson builder  I left out the Quiz Genie due to time constraints. Using the lesson kit I explained how you could use the predetermined content to run ready made multi media lessons to bring topics to life you can then use the quizzes and interactive activities to reinforce learning and check understanding. I then explained how you can use the lesson builder module to tailor the content to your own needs and create new lessons that use the Birchfield resources and/or your own resources.

The Quiz Genie I mentioned above can be used to make and play interactive PE quizzes and games.  They can be incorporated into practical lessons during non playing time in activities such as badminton and basketball using a laptop. I call this “stealth learning” effect where the pupils are engaged in playing games and don’t actually comprehend that they are learning the theory or the “boring bit” of PE as pupils often call it.

However if we just use the Birchfield or any similar resource to create lessons which we deliver to the pupils I think we are missing a trick and really all we are doing is a 21st century version of chalk and talk with bells and whistles added.  Use it for active learning give the pupils a task to design a presentation that allows them to incorporate text, audio, video animation and deliver it the rest of the class. Allow them to design the quizzes or drag and drop activities for each other then play them. This will develop ICT skills, literacy, communication and engage the pupils in the theory and in my opinion reinforce learning in a powerful way . How often have we said the pupils are great during practical but when we try to teach them any theory they switch off.

The presentation moved on to focus on Dartfish. I began giving an overview of the “player module” and how we use it with a bank of model performances or inspirational clips. We use these a focus for the lesson the video clips are our WALT and WILF for those of you familiar with AiFL. I then moved on to the “in the action module” using “Live Delay” and how it can be used with a class to give lots of visual feedback very simply and quickly. Then on to gathering clips and using some of the drawing tools like my favourite the “clone tool”.  I then moved on to comparing performances with a model performer and using the different options; side by side, picture in picture and basic blend. As I did all of this I demonstrated all these functions on the remote control which is brilliant as you can move away from the computer. This all resonates again with Alan McLean as during his keynote he explained that feedback is crucial for motivating learners especially feedback that show the learner improving and we all need to give more feedback. Feedback which is meaningful and not “plastic praise” as Alan called it and what could be more meaningful than watching your own performance in PE and how it is developing.

I then moved on to the “analyser module” and explained how to edit a new movie and add drawings to it, how to use the print facility to produce worksheets and finally media-books. I explained how we are using the media books to complete the NAB in Higher and Int 2 PE. The fact that the pupils can create a multimedia workbook with text video and audio is more engaging for the pupils and quicker and easier to complete than the NAB logbook. We have also used the media-books to complete Standard Grade evaluating questions. I highlighted the ability to create teaching, CPD resources and pupil tasks. I also mentioned that the media books can be shared and then viewed with a free piece of software Dartviewer that can be downloaded from Dartfish. I also demonstrated how you can produce printed worksheets that incorporates the content form the media books to and further supplement the learning resources. You can also download a free trial version but be sure to check out the system requirements to ensure your computer can run the software.

You 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 use.

The next pieces of software I briefly highlighted were all centred around creating audio files Say and Post quite simply the easiest way to get audio content online read my previous post for more info. I mentioned Textaloud MP3 and how I used it as a text reader and its ability to turn text into an MP3 audio file to create revision resources. However you  the voice can become a bit difficult to listen to for an extended period of time. We have started to use Audacity to create and edit our own audio files using our own voices.

Links to other websites I would have referred to during the presentation had I the time:

iTunes   Teachers TV PE videos   iDance   Get Physical

The time was cut far too short to talk about this topic I didn’t even get near using mobile phones and the potential of these devices. If anyone wishes to discus anything regarding the presentation or want some support developing their use of ICT write a comment in this post. You can also email me at i.stanger@LTScotland.org.uk or call me on 01382 443613 or my mobile which is probably the best option if you want to talk to me 07811214922. I look forward to our continued engagement.

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National PE Conference

Posted by drilly on December 20, 2007

Moving Physical Education Forward 2007

Wow I can quite literally say what a “huge” success the event was. My thanks to all the speakers presenters and pupils involved in the day and making it so successful and enjoyable for the delegates. This must have been the single biggest PE event in Scotland in a generation and there has certainly been nothing on this scale within my teaching career. I hope we can continue the positive momentum from yesterday and deliver an annual event.

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Sunday Herald PE article

Posted by drilly on December 16, 2007

I was interviewed last week for an article PE teachers look for a Wii bit of help in today’s Sunday Herald 16/12/07. I must admit I am a bit disappointed with the title and the article. The article focuses on what was a relatively small part of the interview. I did mention the use of Wii’s etc when asked about it and said they had potential in extra curricular activity clubs and as a possible hook for some disengaged pupils as a possible means to getting them back in to activity and a stepping stone to engage with other activities. I did say that I would not envisage  a class of 30 pupils standing in front of  games consoles during a PE lesson. The article also gives the impression that this will be a major focus of the PE conference on the 19th of December but it will not be. The conference is multi-faceted looking at motivating learners, show casing interesting practice from around the country and offering delegates the chance to reflect on their own practice to move “physical education forward”. In the interview what I spoke at length about how we can use technology to enhance learning in physical education. Using new technologies to help pupils understand and develop their performance. Using new technologies and software to develop resources and multi-media lessons. Using web based tools like blogs and wikis to extend the learning experience beyond the timetabled lesson and provide 24 hour access to learning resources. I also discussed using the much maligned resources such as mobile phones and videos from YouTube and educating the pupils how to use them positively within their learning. I said that PE teachers should consider how they could engage with technology and ICT more but it was a challenge for many due to hardware and infrastructure constraints within PE departments. I certainly did not say that they could be more creative in engaging with pupils such as introducing computer games. In fact I defended the profession and went on to explain about the many innovative activities that teachers were adopting to engage pupils. I  spent a significant part of the interview discussing the wealth of different activities that schools across Scotland are starting to deliver alongside the traditional activities as they move to provide stimulating experiences and more choice for pupils to develop curricula that better meet their needs. It was a shame that the article did not quite come across how I envisaged it would.

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From Little Acorns Big Oak Trees Grow (PE Blogs)

Posted by drilly on December 5, 2007

It has been a rather lonely existence as a PE blogger in Scotland. Until recently the only other regular blogs I was aware of were the Preston Lodge High School sports blog and the Musselburgh Grammar Sports Blog. I could claim Don Ledingham as he was a PE teacher however his blog rarely strays into PE and why should it as his responsibility is for all educational experiences now.

These blogs emanate from East Lothian which is undoubtedly the leading light in Scotland. However the picture is not quite so good in some other authorities I have been in schools in 3 separate authorities in the last week. In Dumfries & Galloway I could not access my blog. However after my visit a member of staff informed me they had got the blog unrestricted in their school, hopefully they will have a go at blogging for themselves. In Fife and Angus I could access my blog but all the formatting pictures and videos were stripped out.

Therefore it is maybe not surprising that there are not more PE teachers blogging. Back in October I got the Banchory Academy PE department blog up and running to support Higher and Int 2 course work. Then this week I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by Russell Imrie from Lenzie Academy. Russell is writing 3 blogs check them out. 

Higher and Int 2 blog           Standard Grade Blog          U16 Football blog

I also stumbled across Olwen Fraser’s Blog which she has just started after reading my blog. I hope this is the start of something and more PE teachers give it a go. If there are other PE teachers out their blogging I would love to hear from you.

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Using ICT in PE Angus Council 4/12/07

Posted by drilly on December 5, 2007

Thanks to Ken McKay for inviting me to speak to the Angus PE staff, another enjoyable event with some good discussions. As promised I said I would write a post to summarise the day. I’m going to cheat a little as I did a similar presentation to the Dumfries and Galloway presentation  I delivered last week. You can access the links to everything I spoke about and bit more.125.jpg

I was a bit disappointed that I could not show you more of the LTS PE Website  I was unable to access the pages as they were doing some maintenance to some broken links which I found out later on. So your CPD mission should you choose to accept it is to get on the PE website and explore the content you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.

I was heartened to find that Angus council unlike D&G allowed me to access my blog so I could show it even if it was a stripped down text only version with all pictures, videos and formatting removed. For those of you who want to find out more about blogging this blog support post on the Banchory PE blog includes videos and tutorials to get you started.

I hope you found the presentation useful and please feel free to get in touch by posting a comment on this blog its really easy honest. You can also email me i.stanger@LTScotland.org.uk or call me on 01382 443613 or 07811214922

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Fit For The Future: A Scottish Consumer Council Study

Posted by drilly on December 5, 2007

Fit For The Future Young peoples participation in physical activity in secondary schools. This is a study published by the Scottish Consumer Council

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The press release  states:

The majority of young Scots have a positive attitude to sports and exercise but more could be done to provide them with opportunities to be physically active according to the findings of a new study from Scotland’s foremost consumer organisation. A survey of secondary school pupils across Scotland commissioned by the Scottish Consumer Council (SCC) has found that three-quarters of young people enjoy Physical Education (PE) and games lessons in school and the same number enjoy taking part in sport and exercise in their leisure time. But six out often young people aren’t taking part in any school-based sport or exercise outside classes – even though many were keen to have more opportunities.

The research by Ipsos MORI involving more than 1,900 young people aged from 11 to18 highlighted the fact that participation in both class-based and optional school-based activities tails off dramatically during S5 and S6. While almost all S1 – S4 pupils take part in PE classes, by S6 non-participation increases to over 40%. Similarly, only a third of S6 pupils do any optional school-based sport or exercise. The research also found that girls continue to be less likely to take part in extra-curricular opportunities and that young people living in more deprived communities had a lower take up of optional school-based opportunities.

The SCC’s Fit for the Future report is calling for the Scottish Government to follow moves seen in England to extend the current two hours of PE on a week to providing young people with the opportunity to take part in five hours of physical activity. Physical activity, while including PE, is a wider concept bringing in physical activities in other classes and opportunities to participate in exercise outwith class time such as lunchtime and after school clubs. Providing a range of physical activities could help to make participation more attractive to young people who don’t currently take part, such as girls and those who don’t consider themselves to be good at sport.

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PE Conference is Full

Posted by drilly on December 3, 2007

Wow the demand for places at the PE conference has exceeded all my expectations we are at full capacity 350 delegates and there is a massive waiting list should anyone call off. This is going to be one of the biggest PE events in Scotland I cant wait.

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Dumfries And Galloway PE Conference 28/11/07

Posted by drilly on December 1, 2007

Well done to Kay Gibson for organising a wonderful conference. Richard Bailey was as thought provoking and entertaining as usual and the range of workshops on offer was excellent.

I was asked to present on using ICT in PE and as promised I am going to summarise what I talked about/demonstrated and provide links for all those who attended my workshop and those who foolishly decided to go elsewhere but will eventually wish they came to my workshop.

I started off discussing the LTS PE website and the various documentation, case studies and resources available to support and inform learning and teaching. I also wanted to show my blog and wiki but unfortunately the sites were blocked by the school. For those of you who want to know a bit more about blogging I previously posted this video explaining blogging in simple terms . If you want to give blogging a go check out this post on my school blog containing tutorials on setting up and using wordpress blogs and using netvibes.

Another web based resource you may find useful is the PE bookmarks I have set up using delicious. You may want to consider setting this up for your PE department to tag interesting sites or share frequently visited sites with pupils. This can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection

The next software I demonstrated was Observing Children Moving and how it could be used as a teacher or indeed a pupil resource. You can watch a review of this software on this Teachers TV video. The video also reviews 2 other pieces of software for use in PE.

The next piece of software I discussed was Textaloud MP3 and how I used it as a text reader and its ability to turn text into an MP3 audio file to create revision resources. However you heard that the voice can become a bit difficult to listen to for an extended period of time. We have started to use Audacity to create and edit our own audio files using our own voices. We are in the process of teaming up with the Do Be team to try and produce some  audio and eventually video resources to support certificate PE.

The next pieces of software I discussed using were from Birchfield these included the PE specific content in the  lesson kits and lesson builder  and the Quiz Genie. Using the lesson kit I explained how you could use the predetermined content to run ready made multi media lessons to bring topics to life you can then use the quizzes and interactive activities to reinforce learning and check understanding. I then explained how you can use the lesson builder module to tailor the content to your own needs and create new lessons that use the Birchfield resources and/or your own resources.

Using the Quiz Genie I demonstrated how to make and play interactive PE quizzes and games. I discussed how they can be incorporated into practical lessons during non playing time in activities such as badminton and basketball. I referred to the “stealth learning” effect where the pupils are engaged in playing games and don’t actually comprehend that they are learning the theory or the “boring bit” of PE as pupils often call it.

However if we just use the Birchfield or any similar resource to create lessons which we deliver to the pupils I think we are missing a trick and really all we are doing is a 21st century version of chalk and talk with bells and whistles added.  Use it for active learning give the pupils a task to design a presentation that allows them to incorporate text, audio, video animation and deliver it the rest of the class. Allow them to design the quizzes or drag and drop activities for each other then play them. This will develop ICT skills, literacy, communication and engage the pupils in the theory and in my opinion reinforce learning in a powerful way . How often have we said the pupils are great during practical but when we try to teach them any theory they switch off.

The last part of the presentation focused on Dartfish. I began giving an overview of the “player module” and how we use it with a bank of model performances or inspirational clips. We use these a focus for the lesson the video clips are our WALT and WILF for those of you familiar with AiFL. I then moved on to the “in the action module” using “Live Delay” and how it can be used with a class to give lots of visual feedback very simply and quickly. Then on to gathering clips and using some of the drawing tools like my favourite the “clone tool”.  I then moved on to comparing performances with a model performer and using the different options; side by side, picture in picture and basic blend. As I did all of this I demonstrated all these functions on the remote control which is brilliant as you can move away from the computer.

I then moved on to the “analyser module” and explained how to edit a new movie and add drawings to it, how to use the print facility to produce worksheets and finally media-books. I explained how we are using the media books to complete the NAB in Higher and Int 2 PE. The fact that the pupils can create a multimedia workbook with text video and audio is more engaging for the pupils and quicker and easier to complete than the NAB logbook. We have also used the media-books to complete Standard Grade evaluating questions. I highlighted a number of whole school uses and the ability to create teaching, CPD resources and pupil tasks. I also mentioned that the media books can be shared and then viewed with a free piece of software Dartviewer that can be downloaded from Dartfish. You can also download a free trial version but be sure to check out the system requirements to ensure your computer can run the software.

You 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 use.

Links to other websites I referred to during the presentation:

iTunes   Teachers TV PE videos   iDance   Get Physical

An hour and a quarter was too short to talk about this topic I didn’t even get near using mobile phones and the potential of these devices. If any one wishes to discus anything regarding the presentation write a comment in this post. Go on I know you want to. You can also email me at i.stanger@LTScotland.org.uk or call me on 01382 443613 or my mobile 07811214922. I look forward to continued engagement.

Posted in Blogs, Higher, ICT in PE, Int 1, Int 2, Physical Education, Primary PE, Resources, Secondary PE, Standard Grade, web resources | 7 Comments »

Need to explain blogging in simple terms?

Posted by drilly on December 1, 2007

Another video from common craft that explains blogging in a simple and easy to understand format.

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Using Blogs in PE

Posted by drilly on December 1, 2007

An interesting article by Russell Imrie a probationer at Lenzie Academy and how he is using blogs in the school to enhance learning in Physical Education. Russell is running 3 seperate blogs for:

Standard Grade

Higher

U16 Football team

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