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New Online Resources for PE

Posted by drilly on October 24, 2008

afPE has launched the new PE zone website the blurb states

The association for Physical Education has just launched a BETA version of the PE Zone – This site is a compilation of resources along with a PE social network and project management tool. With enough collaboration and networking this website will become the one stop site for all Physical Education teachers needs.

 There are also free PE resources available  at the free teaching resources website.

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Dartfish Users Conference Engaging The Video Generation

Posted by drilly on June 22, 2008

I was invited to present at the Dartfish users conference at Bedford University. I had 2 inputs to the day and was able to attend some of the other sharing practice sessions. Yet again I picked up some more tips, short cuts and uses of some of the more advanced features. You can view my first presentation via slideshare below

After my presentation I attended a couple of sessions led by Neil Melville which were excellent the first was about sharing analyser projects and the second was about using the measurement and data tools. You can learn more about using the measurement tools and data tables in this online tutorial. There are some more online tutorials on some of the other Dartfish features available here.

My second presentation was all about extending learning beyond the classroom through the use of online spaces and tools. I promised the delegates that they would not have to take any notes (other than the address of this blog) as I would write about my presentation and post links to everything I made reference to through the blog. I deliberately set out not to use a PowerPoint presentation as I wanted to demonstrate that you can deliver your content through other vehicles. I also wanted the delegates to return to my blog to experience for themselves what I was trying to get across i.e. you can extend the learning and the engagement with your learners beyond the restrictions of the actual lesson/presentation. By coming back to the blog the delegates have the opportunity to: read this post and reflect, click on the links to learn more and do further research or post comments to me thus extending the impact of the conference and this is exactly what our pupils doing in a number of schools. If you are a conference delegate welcome back if not read on anyway you might find something that engages you.

I was conscious that my workshop had a slant towards PE and not every delegate was from a PE or sports background, but all that I talked to could be replicated for any subject. I started by visiting the Learning and Teaching Scotland PE website and directed the group towards this case study about using blogs and wikis as there are links to videos and tutorials on how to set up a blog and information about wikis. 

I then introduced the wonderful free  web tool delicious to create online book marks for sites that you find interesting and useful it 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. You may want to consider setting this up for your course or in a department to tag interesting sites or share frequently visited sites with pupils and or staff. This can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection.


I moved on to talk about Blogs for those of you who want to know a bit more about blogging I previously posted this video explaining blogginist2_3020003_sport_icon_set.jpgg in simple terms . If you want to give blogging a go check out this set of tutorials for using wordpress the provider I use for this blog. 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 main point I was trying to establish is that blogs can provide a fantastic conduit for communication and collaboration with your learners. You can extend the learning beyond the confines of the lesson. Your learners can communicate with you leave you questions or work to look over etc and you can deal with these communications wherever you can get online. At this point I  spoke about RSS feeds and aggregators. You may find this video on using RSS feeds useful. The aggregator I demonstrated was netvibes a great bit of software to keep track of all blogs and websites that have content which is regularly updated. I find netvibes very useful as there are loads of plug ins that you can add and you can personalise it to your own needs and the best bit is that it is web based so if you sign up for your own account you can access it form any computer with an Internet connection. Ideal for use at home and school. Here is a video  about netvibes 

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 used 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. Yet again I was trying to demonstrate how we can use an online tool to extend the learning experience and provide additional support.  Wikis can also offer real scope for collaboration between teachers for resource development and 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 Youtube and other video hosting sites such as google video. 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. I also demonstrated  Youtube annotation showing how value can be added to your you tube videos. This is the direction that Dartfish are moving through the Dartfish Moves platform where you can upload and annotate videos. I was gutted that I had to leave early and could not see the presentation on Datfish moves. Something else for you to check out is the Dartfish channel on YouTube.

I punctuated my first presentation in the morning with videos I had saved to my computer from YouTube using Zamzar. This is a very useful tool as most schools block video sharing sites or you may want to play a video on a laptop in an area with no access to an Internet connection. This article form Wired explains explains some other ways of saving videos to your computer. I like Zamzar as you can save videos to your computer in different formats and you can convert videos to different formats, it can also be used to convert many different types of files and documents from one type to another.

I hope you find this a useful summary of the day and i hope it continues your learning beyond my presentation. Please feel free to post comments about the day or ask further questions for clarification.

Posted in Blogs, CPD, datrfish, Education, Free online tools, ICT, ICT in PE, Learning, LTS, Physical Education, Resources, Secondary PE, Sport, Uncategorized, video, web resources, wikis, Youtube | 1 Comment »

PE 2.0

Posted by drilly on March 22, 2008

There is a small but significant revolution going on in the practice of some enlightened PE teachers around the country. I am delighted to be part of it and hope that in some way I have been a bit of catalyst for some of it. One of the most rewarding elements of doing this job over the past 2 years is when you introduce fellow practitioners to ideas and they take them and develop them to support their own practice. An increasing number of PE teachers I have presented to are discovering blogs and wikis. The latest to join the PE 2.0 revolution is Wim Chalmet who is developing a wiki that supports the Practical Twilight CPD inputs for teachers in Rosshire and Sutherland in Highland. I think this is another great resource as it is targeting alternative activities to enhance and challenge the traditional PE curriculum such as Omnikin, Korfball, Ultimate Frisbee. These are backed up with videos from youtube and documents and resources so the teachers who attend the courses have reference materials. I found Omnikin quite intriguing you can watch the video below. Another bonus of this wiki  is the fact it is available for those teachers who are unable to attend one of the twilight sessions they can still get some useful information. Finally and maybe most importantly it is encouraging the sharing of resources and ideas something which we could all be doing a little better in my opinion

Posted in Alternative Activities, Blogs, CPD, ICT in PE, Physical Education, wikis | 1 Comment »

SQA PE Assessment panel

Posted by drilly on March 22, 2008

I was invited to the SQA PE assessment panel to speak about Dartfish I demonstrated some of the functions and explained how schools were using the software to support assessment in their courses. I then showed examples of how some forward thinking schools are using it to complete the internal assessments requirements of courses. I was very encouraged with Jennifer di Folco (PE qualifications manager) and her willingness to embrace this technology and investigate how the SQA can accommodate schools who wish to submit evidence via this medium.

During the meeting I also found out that there is a pack of printed materials available from the Higher Marking  workshop that was run last year. The pack contains lots of useful advice and examples of marked questions. The pack can be purchased from the SQA it costs £35 and is a great CPD resource.

There will be another understanding standards workshop this year but it will focus on Advanced Higher.

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Roehampton Primary PE Conference

Posted by drilly on March 19, 2008

4th Roehampton Primary physical education conference‘Health and Inclusion: Providing a high quality experience for all’Friday 25th April 2008 10:00AM – 4:00PM Froebel College Roehampton University London

This one-day conference aims to bring together practitioners who are working in early years’ and primary physical education to share ideas and good practice.

Booking Form

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UKPE Newsletter

Posted by drilly on March 12, 2008

Just came across this post the UKPE Newsletter on the on the Human Kinetics Blog  It contains a number of interesting articles including:

·  Product of the month…

·  Use change, challenge and choice to maximise participation in physical activity

·  A marathon challenge for staff at Human Kinetics

·  Schools make children more obese, leading doctor says

·  Obesity ‘in the genes’

·  Eighty-nine new specialist schools announced

·  Teachers engaged in CPD reaches 200,000

·  Swimming pool closures are national disgrace

·  Netball’s ten year game plan

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Early Notification of SSF & SLANOPE Conference

Posted by drilly on February 20, 2008

I wanted to alert interested parties to a Sport and PE conference hosted by the Scottish ssf.jpgSchoolsport Federation and the Scottish Local Authority Network Of Physical Education. The conference will be held at the Ratho Adventure Centre on the 22nd of May 2008 more details will be published on the SSF website in due course.

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Teachmeet Perth

Posted by drilly on February 19, 2008

I am gutted that circumstances have conspired against me and I can no longer attendteachmeet08north.jpg Teachmeet Perth tonight. However I am still going to attempt to be there through the Flashmeeting that has been set up. I have never used Flashmeeting so this will be a new experience. I hope it all works out as previous teachmeet events have been brilliant and you always pick up some great stuff. Good luck to Neil and everyone else who has helped organise the event and to everyone who is selected to present.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Conferences

Posted by drilly on February 15, 2008

Developing Potential, Recognising Achievement conferences

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is hosting two conferences during March 2008, one in Edinburgh and one in Nairn, on the theme of the Award’s role in modern Scottish education. The events are aimed at directors of education, heads of schools services, teachers, award leaders and volunteers within schools.

The aims of the conferences include discussing how the Award contributes to the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence and sharing information about the Award’s Curriculum for Excellence Pilot Project and Award Leader Training Programme.

The conferences will include presentations from Award participants, members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s national development team, employers and representatives from key bodies in Scottish education.

Places at the Edinburgh conference are going fast but there are still plenty of spaces for the Nairn Conference.

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New PE Dance Videos On Teachers TV

Posted by drilly on February 11, 2008

ttv_logo_287x136.jpgThere are 2 new videos to check out on teachers TV focusing on dance within PE and specifically aimed at encouraging boys to dance.

You should be dancing Male student teachers talk about overcoming the stigma of being a dancer, discuss the balance that dance gives to the curriculum and explore the benefits of men teaching dance.

Boy you can dance  Ricardo Green, a newly qualified PE teacher at Cumberland Specialist Sports College, attempts to introduce dance to his reluctant Year 9 boys.

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