Challenging my teaching #hackyrclass

My first blog post on #hackyrclass – setting the scene received a tweet from @NZPEteacher asking me what my end goal is by hacking my classroom.

I have had a bit of a think about this and to be quite honest I started without having concrete, clear goals in mind. It came out of reading people’s posts and chatting with a couple of other teachers at school and the boredom that I felt with teaching the way I was.

We, predominately, use a paper workbook (that we have created as a department) and a range of individual, pair and group activities based around a Health issue / unit. I guess a lot of the content is teacher driven and involves a lot of the teacher on the stage. I have gotten bored with teaching like this and I think with what Claire Amos and everyone else involved in #hackyrclass is attempting made me feel “safe” to try something different. I have put safe in quotes as it isn’t exactly safe changing it up like teachers all over the country are with #hackyrclass but it has given me the push to step outside my comfort zone!

Coming back to the end goal, so I thought with me getting bored I am sure the students are, so I am hoping for more engagement. I am actually seeing this from most students already. I also probably need to say that a goal is that they learn what they need to about Drug Education, so as I fill the requirements of meeting the curriculum. I will need to look at this closer though. Others goals that I hope to see are higher order thinking and learning happening that is worthwhile and authentic. Getting completely away from students just filling in pages in a workbook.

I haven’t been doing much planning for the lessons. I have a loose idea of the outline for a lesson but not much structure. I think this allows for me to be more flexible and means that students are not constrained by my thinking. This isn’t the best for all students though, as some do need structure. During the lesson I am dealing with this by checking in with groups and those that are stuck or aren’t doing much I have a chat with and guide them to a point where they are keen to keep exploring ideas.

One thing I am thinking about doing, as I suggested to the class when we were discussing growth mindset, that I should let other staff in the school know what I was doing and invite them to come and visit! This rather petrifies me – so might be a good idea to run with it? I would be interested to know what others think about this idea?

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#hackyrclass – setting the scene

Today was my second lesson stepping up to the #hackyrclass challenge. After reading Steve Mouldey’s blog and having a good chat with a couple of colleques last week I decided today to lay the ground work with my class. I felt I needed to make it clear to them what I was trying to do and why.

I created this Google Presentation to explain Growth Mindset and co-construction. I was intending to do enquiry learning as well but as I only came up with the idea of the presentation the period before the class I ran out of time! Whoops!

They got it! Some more then others but definitely felt they understand what I was trying to explain. Some seem really excited about – these students will really push themselves and me. Some will challenge themselves but might not go all out – they will still learn a lot and grow their own learning. Some, I think, aren’t too sure what to make of it and it will be interesting to see how they go.

What was really exciting for me was that I had a short but in-depth conversation with three students about the moral and social aspect to do with drugs / alcohol. I am excited about what learning will happen.

I also felt really uncomfortable at one point when I was talking about the growth mindset – I realise (I said to my students) that maybe what I needed to do was let the other teachers at school know what I was doing and invite them to come and visit my classroom. We will see what happens with this idea!

Pretty excited so far about #hackyrclass.

Quick #HackYrClass post

So have been watching all the tweets and blog posts following Claire Amos’s initial post about hacking your classroom.
Didn’t think I was really going to have enough time to get involved with it (madly busy learning python!) but sat down with two colleagues who are doing some hacking as well and came up with how I could do it.
I teach PE and Health and we have 1 lesson of health a week. We still use a workbook set up and I often get pretty bored taking those lessons (not sure you could really cool it teaching, maybe preaching!). So I have decided to hack my Year 10 Health class. Upcoming unit is drug education and I am throwing the book out the window.

It is great that others are blogging about what they are doing. Someone I just followed that teachers science had some good ideas which I am going to hack!
It has also been great having a couple of people at school who are keen to do this as well, as good to bounce ideas of each other

Traffic light self assessment system – geddit?!

I’ve just found this site – http://letsgeddit.com/ – that seems a good tech replacement for the old traffic light paper system. A few year ago when I was teaching Year 11 Physical Education and anatomy and biomechanics, another teacher introduced me to using the traffic light system. You would have a sheet with terms or questions on one side and a column on the other and students needed to colour the empty column in with the colour that reflected how well they understood the term or question – e.g. red if the didn’t at all, green if they were sweet with it.

I am no longer teaching anatomy or Y11 PE but I straight away thought I could use this in Digital Technology, firstly with my juniors learning Scratch – to get a quick gauge of those that have used it before or not. And as we progress through the teaching and learning, checking in with where they are at with understanding Scratch as well as where they are at with their project. Oh I think this could work quite well. And with seniors learning HTML and programming etc.

Here is the page on how to get started – http://letsgeddit.com/public/articles/how-do-I-run-my-first-lesson.

I will have to have a bit more of a think about how to use in Physical Education and Health.

Have you come across geddit? How do you use it?

Keen to hear what other people are using – do you use something similar? If so, what and how?

geddit

PE Geek workshop @ WGC

iPads in PE

Wednesday 16 April, PE Geek Workshop @ Wellington Girls’ College

I have been following Jarrod Robinson (The PE Geek – @mrrobbo) for quite a long time now and have used a lot of his apps and I have always been envious when he has posted information about workshops that he will be delivering somewhere around the world.

And then last year I think I replied to one of his tweets and asked when he would be coming to Aotearoa / New Zealand. What grew from that tweet cumulated in him being at Wellington Girls’ College today and running his iPads in PE workshop!

It was a fantastic workshop. I think I am pretty confident using my iPad and I still got heaps out of workshop. It was great being able to have the time to explore and play and have a expert leading that. It was especially worthwhile with it being focused on PE as there was consistent examples of how to apply uses of apps in practical and theory lessons.

It was hands on – which probably goes without saying with it being a workshop on iPads – but it was hands on it that the activities had been designed in such a way that they were directly relevant to what we as teachers do every day.

There were about 30 people that attended the workshop and some as far away as Napier and Taranaki – how cool is that!

I am excited to use more and more of these apps in class to augment my teaching and the learning of my students. We live in a world of technology – our students even more so –  and we can utilise the power of technology to enhance our teaching. And make it even more fun!

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Below is a list  of apps (and some notes) we had a look at in the workshop. Some that stood out for me were Three Ring, Bingo Baker (website not app), Book Creator, Video Tagger and the games – Bit Breaker, Pop Flux (will be finding more of those!).

Here is a link to the PDF of the book I created during the workshop using Book Creator. And here is the link to the epub version – open it in iBooks.

What apps do you use in your teaching and how do you use them?


Socrative

Questions: kms from venue, what  people are teaching at the moment, what devices do your students have access to, what do you have access to, what are the limitations to using technology in classes True / False box: reliable wifi in gym / where teach, do you have a permanent data projector in your practical teaching space. Students voting on what they think is the best answer, take screenshot to record into book.

Bit Breaker

Activity game app – could use in the Year 9 Fitness unit

Book Creator

Creating a book to document what we do today. Use in PE, take photos of what students are doing, skills. Selfie photo to add to cover of book. Use of video in book for workshop introduction. PE Geek post on using this app – Multimedia Rich Portfolios & PE

Bam Video Delay

How to use – high jump, 20 sec delay, front on, side on / any skill performance / task card  at base of tripod, providing feedback for what they do. Could use to record soccer game – 2 min delay, while team is sitting out, can watch video delay. Can do frame by frame and slow it down within the delay. Doesn’t save the videos. (add in screen shot of x4 to book when get app) Where can we get a tripod?

Coach’s Eye

Softball video. Some things have to pay for. Easier to get video out of. Example in session – arms different actions. Compare 2 videos, get to same point and link with button. Link a golf swing, point of contact, volleyball serves. Pete from St Oran’s uses for AS 3.2 with a tennis serve – elite for student. Recording of what seeing on screen. Can record, will record sound, and playing the video plus drawing over the top.

Tube Downloader

Download a video you want to put into Coach’s Eye. Can also use to download videos if you are going somewhere where wifi might be poor.

SloPro

Goes as slow as 1000 fps, 500 fps best. For certain things can get good information. Can do a lot of things to isolate a skill, show, talk through it.

Video Tagger

4 screens, medium, 2 sec lead in and out time. Lead in and lead out – 2 secs before the tap and 2 secs after the tap. Could get non-participants to use to record class. Can have up to 6 tags on screen. Use of 2 or 4 better. Show compilation of tagged video to students to show good and not so good skills / behaviour. Can also import video in that you have already taken. Use of students names.

i-nigma

QR scanner – very quick. Link to a reflection questions – random questions. Lots of PE applications – video, websites, photos, task cards.

Result Tracker

Add people, activities, add new result. Example activity – stork test – data information. Reaction Test. And Pop Flux.

Pop Flux

Pop the bubbles and dodge the bombs! Cool!

ACTIVE APPS

Zumba Dance $$ – Could use as a warm up. Have part of the Year 9 Fitness unit.
Fuego’s Adventure $$
Virtual Active – free app

CoachNote

Players, balls, invasion games, setting up of gym with cones etc, layout. Could use for relief. Give direction for a game, go over rules, boundaries etc.

If LED for HD

Simple app, Jarrod uses a lot. Could use at start of the lesson

Live Heart Rate Tracking

thepegeek.com/polar, can connect to smart phones / devices. Works with Polar Team app. 1 is $60, can buy

Polar Team – Free app, lets you track up to 40 people at a time.

Easy Assessment

Rubrics, videos, photos. Example – paper plane rubric. Can take videos and then do grading with rubric later on when watching the video.

AverageAsianDude –  www.thepegeek.com/dancevids

Dance Vids – Kung Fu fighting, Eye of the Tiger – could use in Dance or Fitness units.

Fitness Blender – www.fitnessblender.com

Use in Year 9 Fitness unit.

Three Ring

Free, great for assessment, very powerful. Is all cloud based. Like this, especially with being able to upload photos and videos to the cloud.

Could use for 12SPRT, Social Responsibility, video / photo / and notes records for over the whole year. Great evidence. Can give access for students to view theirs, as well as giving access to parents.

PE Apps Bingo – Bingo Baker

QR code to site – bingobaker.com

Endomondo – GPS tracking device -www.thepegeek.com/endomondo

SprintTimer – thepegeek.com/photofinish – have to be at a height

Webscorer Race Timer – thepegeek.com/webscorer

Cardiograph – thepegeek.com/cardio

Jump It – thepegeek.com/jumpit

Virtual Heart thepegeek.com/virtualheart

SnappyCam thepegeek.com/snappy

Bleep Test Prothepegeek.com/bleep

 

 

 

 

Classroom Management for BYOD – My Top Tips

Thanks to @catwooller for this great post, will be using ideas from it this year with my Year 9’s

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I would like to start this post by saying that I am in no way an expert in this topic, and in actual fact I have only been teaching my two year nine BYOD classes for two terms so far this year. So I am purely going to share what classroom management strategies I have put in place to help my classes get and stay on task.

  • The 5 minute Rule
    Initially when I arrived in term two, I am sad to say that I got played!! The “I can’t get connected”, and “the wifi isn’t working”, enabled my students to get away with doing very little work. So I came up with the 5min rule. Basically, if students can’t connect within the first 5minutes of the lesson, they are to put their device away in their bags and get paper out to work on or use an offline method…

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2013 Reflections

A bit of a reflection on what I got up to in 2013.

Professional goals –

Goal 1: to continue to develop my own learning of how to use Moodle so that I can support teachers in creating asynchronous learning opportunities.

Definitely did this well in 2013. I attended the NZ Moodlemoot in Hamilton in the April holidays. I took the Moodlebites for Course Designers 8 week online course. Attended the online iMoot conference – looking forward to the next one of these, great learning from all over the world. And I also was a participant in the Learn Moodle MOOC.

I have worked with a lot of staff over the year to help them implement their teaching and learning ideas using Moodle.

In 2014 I am looking forward to working with Moodle 2.6 (as we upgraded at the end of 2013) and using badges! However, I know that I need to work on looking at the effective pedagogy and not just getting focused on giving out badges just for the sake of it. I am planning on trying to have our Year 9 Health content all online and not using a paper workbook. I have been collecting information about learning and instructional design plus gamification to help me with this, as I also want to make the Health content more engaging.

Goal 2: develop and implement a Project Based Learning unit for Year 10 Shaping Up (Inner Beauty? Lets get real!) that helps develop critical thinking.

The unit ended up being called ‘What Matters Most…is what you think of yourself’ – shortened to What Matters Most (see previous posts) It was a huge step out of my comfort zone with my teaching and took a lot of time to set up but so worth the effort!! I am planning on using it again this year with some changes to it following great feedback my students and I received. I will think about how I might be able to do something similar with other units in our junior health courses this year.

Goal 3: learn and use iPad as a effective teaching and learning tool in Physical Education.

This didn’t really happen last year. This maybe due to not having enough iPads or not putting the time aside to think about how to use them effectively in class. What I did get happening in my Year 9 class was students using their own devices more for the creation of content. I would like to build on this in 2014.

What I have done in 2013 is used the iPad for my own uses very effectively. I find some of the apps on it great for planning and I have reduced down the amount of paper I use.

Ideas for 2014

With my senior Year 12 Sports Studies class I would really like to utilise Google Apps a lot more, particularly to make it easier for them to record information. For Social Responsibility, I would like to set up a form for them to enter in their reflections and have something like a rating system, so it is really easy for them to do, so they can do it on their phone for example and it collates it all.

I would also like to use Google Apps for all of the written assessments as I think this made a difference to my ability to give constructive and timely feedback. I don’t think all the students particularly like it but I think overall it was more effective then a written report on paper.

For Digital Technology, I am planning on using Scratch in 9DT. I would like to have two topics, one on computer science – ie Scratch, and the other on digital media – which I think I will stick with Photoshop and Pixlr and have the students creating a digital poster. What I need to work on is creating units where the students have stakeholders outside of the classroom.

Then there is Year 12 Digital Technology! There will be lots of learning going on with this, php, MySQL, programming, Python!!

So, roll on 2014 and the joys that it is going to provide!