So……..having recently been ‘switched on’ to the world of technology integration in PE I thought I would chronicle the journey I’m about to embark on.
Basically I’m a PDHPE teacher living and working in Sydney but hailing from Brighton in the UK. I qualified back in 1998 when I vaguely remember doing a computer literacy module and being introduced to this thing called ‘the internet’. Since that point I’ve been a very occasional user of ICT and mostly just for personal usage or maybe a bit of power point here and there.
Recently I was lucky enough to go to the PDHPETA conference and realised that my small morsels of ICT use in PE were ok but way behind the eight ball in terms of what others were doing. So thats when I decided to take this a bit more seriously and see just how technologically savvy a technophobe can become in a couple of years.
So the goal is this…….learn and integrate useful ICT innovations into my lessons to make them more engaging, productive and of course educational!!!
So far I’m getting to grips with QR codes, moodle, trialling different iphone apps, using GPS and accelarometers, twitter and instant video feedback. Hopefully the list will expand 10 fold as the next school year progresses but for now the holidays will be my play ground!
I should mention at this early point that a lot of my inspiration has come from a few forerunners in this area – notably – Mr Robbo- the PE geek, Jonseytheteacher, Whats Mr T thinking and Benpaddlejones. All of whom I will give links to when I have learnt about the correct ‘blog ettiquette’.
Personally, I’m all about sharing. So if you happen upon this blog and find it useful then feel free to pass it on!
Therefore I should probably sign off with something that I have been upto that might be of interest:
This term I trialled using QR codes in a softball lesson. I made up some really simple laminated cards (see link) with QR code links to videos of specific elements of softball. The pupils used their phone to view the videos then went away and practiced the skills. They found it easy to use and fun. I’ll try and post a video of it in my next post.