I do not have a clear answer as there is none but I can give you my view on things. What I do know is what is (often) stopping it. To be frank, most of the time I feel (see and hear) it is our inability to see beyond the (possible) road blocks. It is our fear for failure, fear for the unknown and our daily deadlines and jobs that we have on top of our priority lists.
It starts with our philosophy on learning, the time and place we live in and our innovative will. Over the years I have noticed the world of education is embracing new technologies and many educators around the world have taken that first step to integrate ICT in their lessons and schools. I have been working within International schools for the last 12 years and within that educational world, positive things are happening!
If you do not yet believe that ICT can enhance learning (in PE) I suggest you start reading and listening to those who have used it and see what their experiences are. Twitter is the best place to start and it will immediately help you to find the answers that you are looking for. Feel free to act as devil's advocate but be willing to embrace ICT. The twitter community (#physed, #pechat, #peplc and #pegeek) has brought forward so many great ideas already that implementing a few of those ideas will keep you busy for a while.
So, in short, start with that first step, give it a try! Learn from others and share your thoughts, ideas and worries! Be willing to totally mess it up and learn from it, try it again and realize that even the 2nd time it did not work well at all. It takes courage and perseverance to try, and try again but how can we promote risk-taking, open-mindedness and creativity among our students if we are not fully embracing it ourselves in our profession? I do not like the word failing and feel it is used way to often in articles and on twitter. Each school community should have the goal, aim and objective to eradicate the "fear for failure" and instead promote Innovation as that will push education forward!
For those educators who are beyond the starting point of trying..... don't stop trying, things move quickly and will only speed up. Continue and share everything you do through a blog, twitter, facebook etc. There are many blogs around but not many people leave replies. It is great fun for a blogger to get feedback, it keeps people moving forward! Let's join forces like peplc
has done and further develop our global community, focusing on innovating education.
Let me be clear, technology can support and promote the learning in your subject but at the same time you need to use your common sense and avoid using technology simply because it is cool and trendy. It is a tool to promote and enhance learning within your subject, sometimes it is better not to use it!
For me, I use technology for the following reasons:
- Bridge the gap between social and educational life.
- Provide immediate,specific visual feedback
- Promote, provide differentiated lessons.
- Develop independent learning
- Reflection and assessment
- Maximize resources available
- Offer varied teaching methods
- Excite and connect with students
- Promote creativity, expression, sharing (hopefully publishing in the future!)
* This lists changes all the time, things get added, taken off etc.
I use QR-codes a lot, socrative as a reflection tool, iPad as white board and video/photo for (s)portfolio and evidence of learning, started with exergame Ball Strike, youtube as channel to store instruction video's and clips I use during class, screen in class, Beamer, Itunes for playlist, and several apps (better look on thepegeek.com for possibilities)
See some of my other blogs to get an idea what technologies I use in my lessons. My blogs are my own thoughts, my ideas and reflections!
I have been using QR-codes in my lessons for my several years now and it is obvious that in many ways they help me to deliver quality lessons. Whenever I work on my lessons I try to see where and how QR codes can enhance the learning that goes on in class and I follow colleagues on twitter to see what they use their QR codes for.
For a while I wanted to develop some better looking QR codes and so consulted my good friend google for some advise and it brought me to Visualead
. The short video below will give you a quick idea of how to use it and I suggest you immediately make one before going to do something else. Once you have made the first one, you will use it more often.
Now, there are many more ays of doing this and the next step is to personalize you QR codes. My aim is to learn more about the tracking possibilities of QR codes. It would be cool to see if people around the globe are using the QR codes that I have on my site and what they use to scan it. It will tell me smething about my audiance.
have fun and as always, share what you have made wit
Wow, when I read about this app, Ball Strike by Fitmaster
I looked at it immediately, downloaded it and was hooked right away. As I am teaching Dance to grade 1 and striking/ball skills to Kindergarten, I wanted to try it with them to see if they would enjoy it and whether it could have a positive affect.
Ball Strike is a game where balls pop up in the screen at random places. Task is the move arms and legs to pop the balls and by doing so score points. The game shows the level you are at, how many points you scored, how many balls you missed and how many calories you have burned! The lite version gives you 4 levels and the paid version is cheap and goes at least past level 10 (have not gone further yet!)
Having my 10 Kindergarten kids walk in the dance studio with 10 ipads set up with ground markers in the front was amazing "Coool, iPads in PE!"
I explained to them only to press start on the iPad and then play the game, follow the instruction while standing on their on ground marker. Not much else was needed and soon they were all working, independently and at their own level and pace.
Grade 1 used it as a warm-up for a dance unit and besides the fact that they loved it and were all busy and active, it also helped to get the students to become fully open-minded about moving and we spoke about rhythm, beat and creativity!
If you have 1:2 devices you can do it, if you have less, you can set up a station and let kids rotate to give them all a turn.
For me, I will get my kids out on stage at assembly next to show the whole LS what PE can also look like!
Let me know if you decide to offer it in your school!
Over the last 4 weeks I have been teaching invasion games in PE. I am working with my department to develop and deliver a newly built PE curriculum, trying to look at conceptual learning while linking to the PYP unit of inquiry. Being in a new country, in a new (start-up) school with different resources has pushed me to review my thinking while developing units with sound learning outcomes. Working at a start up school has challenges but certainly also advantages, you can build from scratch and make it truly your own. Each grade level has taken a slightly different approach and the PYP UoI has helped me to look at some units from an interesting angle.Central idea and objectives
Our central idea within the invasion games unit is to create an understanding of the concept of invasion and let the student experience this through a variety of activities. We are not so worried and focussed on (sport) specific skills although we do aim to develop the skills and sport specific concepts of the activities/games that we use to get the central idea across.
Our main objectives in the invasion games unit is to develop an understanding and knowledge about:
- PYP action cycle (plan-act-reflect)
- Strategizing (and adapting strategies!)
- Concept of attacking versus defending
- Moving into space
- Teamwork (communication and cooperation)
- Exploring/Developing PYP learner profilesIntro into unit:
I started my units with small group discussion (student led mostly) focusing on three questions:
- What does invasion mean?
- What does the word concept mean?
- How would you define: moving into space?
Once playing I want my students to continuously go through the PYP action cycle and make them realize that they have the power to adapt their strategy at any point during an activity. All class reflection focuses on attitudes/behavior that obstruct & support my students in their teamwork (cooperation & communication). This means with the older students we address the different characters in class and variety of roles and responsibilities. What strengths do you have in your team and how can you best use them to reach your goal? (respect for differences, willingness to share). Generally, I use a PE stand alone central idea as a tool to develop trans-disciplinary skills. However, I also focus on skill development (focus on individual progress) and game specific rules and concepts. PYP action cycle
From day 1 in the year I guide my students in the process of organizing their planning. The importance of making a plan together, independently, is what I have as a focus in every lesson I teach, no matter what age the students are!. I do not tell them how to plan, what to do and feel strongly that students should get a chance to go through conflict to develop understanding. So..... I let them plan, play and I observe. Reflection afterwards is focussed completely on the planning phase and inviting students to share their positive and negative thoughts about the planning phase, relating it to what I observed during the playing phase. Did they all know what was happening?, were they asked what they wanted to play?, did they share when they had a chance?, was the setting inviting and enabling all students to take part in the planning? etc etc. Conflict gives me a chance to sell the importance of planning, sharing and reflecting.
Once they improved their organization I increased focus on teamwork (cooperation and communication). the planning and reflection during a game is done independently by the students/teams. I reflect afterwards about their planning, reflection and teamwork (cooperation & communication)
My Grade 1 to 5 all played capture the flag in this unit as a start up game. Follow up was 2/3 vs 1 (throwing-catching) to develop moving into space and an understanding of attacking vs. defending, which expanded in 2v2 in grade 1 and 2, till 3v3 in grade 3 and 5v5 in grade 4 and 5. I played a modified game of bench-ball, where we used 2 areas/benches to attack on and defend so teams/players were able to show their understanding of tactics.
Although I had 4 weeks on paper, each grade level had only 5 or 6 lessons of about 40 minutes actual playing time. End of unit reflection was through a reflection sheet for grade 1 and 2. Grade 3,4 and 5 followed a socrative
quiz, which they loved!Unit of Inquiry
Grade 1 also focussed on Patterns as their PYP UoI and we looked at a movement pattern when you are defending someone 1 on 1. When the attacker moves into space, what does the defender? A worksheet
Grade 2 focussed on inventions in their UoI and so we started to look at building blocks of tag games and how we can use the building blocks and create a new game. What are essentials? My class came up with: 1) both teams/parties need to have a fair chance of "winning/ coming back into the game 2) There need to be another area and maybe safe places 3) It has to be fun! 4) when inventing you need to plan, reflect and adapt. It was great to see the creativity they possess and use when they get the chance to use it.
Grade 4 focussed on governments and various leadership styles. We started the unit with them putting them through a lesson with three sessions, 1st Military style, 2nd Democratic style and 3rd Anarchie. Due to data protection I cannot post the video but it was very powerful to show them the effects and consequences that each style has. Further during the unit we reflected on the styles and characters in class and how they these styles and characters influence the group process, productivity and efficiency in a lesson.
All in al, a successful unit that was fun to teach.
PE teacher LS
Dwight School Seoul
Movement or dance is always one of those units where you have to have some rhythm in your body in order to get the class swinging. It isn't always easy! Although I do have two right feet I do like to hand the responsibility of learning back to the students. That is were the QR codes come to life!
The zumba dance unit kicked off with a general introduction followed by testing the waters about the student knowledge of zumba (where it originated, what they associated with this type of dance, etc) through the use of Socrative (www.socrative.com). The answers were surprising and it is good to realize what the knowledge level of our students actually is before we start. After a 20 minute focus on beat recognition, some simple steps and a couple of basic zumba steps the students got to work on their own using an iPad and the Zumba QR code worksheet.
In groups of two/three the students started to learn the basic zumba moves from a instructor that can swing her hips a lot better then I can! Through the use of the QR code the student can open the video and repeat it as many times as required to master the steps completely. The worksheet has 4 different moves to allow students to progress at their own speed and to cater for all levels. We finishGive it a try, get moving!
Some people that know me might say, you have been a geek for a while but to me, this weekend made me realize I was getting truly excited about using technology in class and life in general. I have used all kinds of devices, apps and software in my physical education lessons but still, only now am I really converted. Several years ago I realized that technology is guiding us how we live our lives for now and in the future.It is fully clear that it has already changed how we learn and above all how our students learn and live nowadays.
Being in the Google summit http://kr.gafesummit.com/
in Seoul over the last 2 days made it clear we (educators en-mass!) are also thinking differently! I guess you have to believe in it (which I already did), you need to use it (which I already did) but there is a difference between using it and living it. It is like a school's mission statement! We all agree and believe in it but most of the times, we do not really live it! When it comes to our clientele, our students and children, they have been convinced long time ago (read: did not need to get convinced!)
As said, I am quite a tech person, certainly within the world of Physical Education but I was impressed with the vibe at the summit and the knowledge and passion among fellow educators. The general message was not whether we should use technology, not how to deal with hardware issues etc etc. It seemed to me that educators en-mass have moved forward and are looking simply at what else we can use to enhance learning.
The essence off the summit to me was this: Creating - Collaborating - Publishing!
I am buzzing with ideas, keep following my blog in the coming time for more updates, ideas and uploads. Meanwhile I will adopt technology into my life and work and hopefully I can help others in moving forward.
This blog is new but old at the same time. It is now 2 months ago that this was real time but still, I felt I wanted to blog it. The impact of moving/change in general is part of our comfort zone. Let's see if people recognize our experiences.
It had been 6 years since we made the decision to move jobs and with that change country (continent) and although we knew for well what it entails, experiencing the move brings back memories, realizations and above all a great learning opportunity.
Monday 29th July, Remke, myself and our 2 daughters stepped on a plane at Amsterdam airport (Schiphol) at gate B24. It would bring us to Seoul, South Korea after spending the last 6 years of our lives in Berlin. This time we went with the 4 of us and not just the 2 of us and making such a move with children definitely made it different and more challenging. The challenge excited us although! 13 hours later we stepped out of the plane at Incheon airport and were welcomed by a warm and humid climate. Met by several people from school, we were brought to our new home for the next few years and it was quite weird walking into an empty apartment. It is pretty normal to have feelings of doubt and fears, thinking; why have we left our save and comfortable life in Berlin for Seoul, Korea? We take these big steps once every few years but those moments of doubt are normal for us as well, we just do not let them stop us from going! Looking at our two girls of 3 and 5, we wondered whether this was going to be the right choice. Did we know? No but we were confident. Do we know now? yes, very good move! Is it a challenge? yes but staying would have brought some challenges as well. not yet. Fact is, making a change like this requires some guts and with the right attitude, it will open new doors and provide us as a family in life and professionally with new opportunities. It keeps us sharp, excites us, inspires us and moves us forward in life!
Whilst reading Andy's blog about a poster he created (a great one, check it out http://www.pyppewithandy.com/pyp-pe-blog.html) it reminded me how important sharing is and what a time saver it can be for us all. So here we go! If you have any PYP posters or other material that is worth sharing throw it out there! There is no harm in giving out your work, you just share the joy of using your great resources.
It reminded me of a comment a new student to our school made just recently. At the end of the lessons our younger students are asked to reflect on a certain attitude in class by slapping a poster with 'awesome' 'okay' or 'not at my best'. The response from the new student was 'that is so funny we have exactly the same poster at my old school'. It turned out we had shared that poster with a colleague in Switzerland who has been using it too. So come on, share and email me if you like to receive the posters files.
Between teaching, family life and other things we try to share as much resources as we can, go check it out on our resource page. Still more to come.
Although it is common practice that we, as PE teachers, lose our facilities regularly it is seldom that we are stuck for ideas. Today however was one of those days that I struggled to put an engaging and interesting lesson together. No gym, no fitness room, no multi purpose room available but only the fields....normally not a problem but with 20 cm snow it is a different story. Especially if you already had to come up with various alternative lessons in the weeks prior to today. The kids had enough of theory lessons and I wanted to offer a cool, educational alternative. Then I remembered a tweet that I read a little while ago about frisbee on snowshoes. Well, we didn't need the snow shoes but a frisbee lesson would still be a good trans-disciplinary game to teach. The kids and I have fully enjoyed ourselves and at the same time worked on our team strategy and positioning. We had a blast. So thank you to who ever it was and gave me the inspir
Today I updated our noticeboard to kick off another unit we link in with our home room teachers: Long Long Ago. It is a unit that our grade 2 students are following at the moment. Students are looking at how the past is different from today. As PE teachers we make the link to how games in the past vary from the games that are played now especially on the playground. Our noticeboard is updated with games from the 'past' making me feel very old as these are the games I used to play! It is strange to see that students play so little with hoops, jump ropes and elastic ropes. We used to play various clap games, ball bouncing games etc, you know what I mean. In a week or two will we give them a lesson on how to play these games together with a small box of supplies so they can continue to play the games on the playground by themselves. (at least that is our goal....!) Material is available (downloadable) at our resources page!