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PE 2.0

Posted by drilly on October 24, 2008

Another Scottish school has recently adopted web2.0 technology within the PE department

Inverness High School wiki

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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 »

Connected Magazine Article

Posted by drilly on June 20, 2008

The latest edition of Connected  Magazine has been enhanced with some wonderful photos of a particularly good looking PE teacher and not a bad article about using ICT to enhance PE. Article talks about Dartfish Blogs and Wikis and a few other interesting developments. Yeah I know shameless self publicity!!

Download the article ICT IN PE Connected Magazine

Posted in Blogs, datrfish, Education, ICT in PE, Learning, LTS, Physical Education, Secondary PE, Teaching, video, wikis | 1 Comment »

New PE Blog

Posted by drilly on June 6, 2008

Catherine McGourty has just alerted me to the PE blog she has developed for Holyrood Secondary Welcome to PE 2.0 and the collaborative environment feel free to help yourself to any of the resources on the Banchory Blogs and wikis, links on the side bar on the left. All I ask is that you credit us as the originators if you use our materials and that you reciprocate by allowing us access to your resources.

Posted in Banchory Academy, Blogs, Education, ICT in PE, Links, Physical Activity, Physical Education, Resources, Secondary PE, Teaching, web resources, wikis | 4 Comments »

New resources on Banchory Higher Int2 PE Wiki

Posted by drilly on April 5, 2008

I have to thank my colleague Barry Petrie who has been very busy adding new content to the Higher Int2 Wiki. Barry has recently created and uploaded a series of preparation of the body mp3/podcasts covering various elements such as aspects of fitness, methods of training and energy systems. These are intended to support our pupils learning and exam revision feel free to download and have a listen for yourself or share with your pupils.

Posted in Higher, ICT in PE, Int 2, Podcasting, Teaching, web resources, wikis | 3 Comments »

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 »

A National PE Wiki your subject needs you

Posted by drilly on March 12, 2008


In a recent post about Higher and Int 2 resources I alluded to the Banchory PE wiki and the possibility of sharing resources by creating a PE swap shop. Well Lorna, Scott and Barry three teachers working in Scottish schools have taken it upon themselves to develop a wiki to share PE resources Obviously Banchory Academy has willingly contributed to this resource but here is my challenge will you do likewise. We have the chance to create something unique to benefit us all. If you have something to contribute to the site email it to Lets go for it and build an incredible online resource for everyone.

Posted in Higher, ICT in PE, Int 1, Int 2, Physical Education, Resources, Standard Grade, Teaching, web resources, wikis | 3 Comments »

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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Higher, Int2 and Standard Grade PE resources

Posted by drilly on February 18, 2008

The Education Network run by Aberdeen University has aten.jpg range of support materials including Higher and Int2 PE resources for pupils and staff. This includes a photocopiable booklets  a selection of  candidate questions and sample scripts, PowerPoint slideshows,  Interactive Whiteboard files, include activities such as ‘finding missing items’; ‘matching’; ‘determining sequence and structure’ and ‘on-field tactics’.



There is also a resource for Standard Grade PEsgphysicaled.jpg It contains explanations, guidance and examples on the following elements of the course.

  • Practical Performance
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Evaluating

The packs cost about £100.

If like me you like your resources free then have a look at our Higher wiki and our Standard Grade Wiki you can help yourself to the resources as long as you make reference to their origin. If you do use some of our resources how about repaying the compliment and giving us access to some of your resources. Who knows we could start a PE swap shop!

Posted in Higher, Int 2, Physical Education, Resources, Secondary PE, Standard Grade, Teaching, wikis | 1 Comment »

Highland Conference

Posted by drilly on February 7, 2008

I really enjoyed the Highland PE conference in the morning I gave an update on what is happening Nationally regarding PE here are some links to some of the documents and policies I referred to.

Scottish Government local authority concordat          Curriculum for Excellence         


Reaching Higher         Taking Learning outdoors       

Scottish Consumer Council Fit For the Future   

Schools Health Promotion and Nutrition Act

In the afternoon I led an ICT workshop I promised that I would write everything that I referred to. You can read it all and a bit more on this previous post the only thing that is missing is the SQA understanding standards website you can get more info and the link from this post.

If anyone wishes to discus anything regarding my presentations or wants some support developing their use of ICT write a comment in this post. You can also email me at or call me on my mobile if you want to talk to me 07811214922 If you set up a blog or a wiki let me know so I can add it to my links.

Posted in Blogs, conference, CPD, datrfish, ICT, ICT in PE, Physical Education, web resources, wikis | 1 Comment »