As a department we spent the day today looking at our planning and how it could be improved. As a department that has embraced the use of the iPads as a teaching aid we were discussing how we use the different apps in our teaching.
Different staff are at different stages of their own comfort levels with using the devices at this point so I thought I would review what we have achieved so far and where we are heading as a team.
I want to put together a post that the staff can review in their own time to look at what they are achieving and areas they can develop.

I will start with core PE sessions.

Coach’s eye
This is a really useful app for teaching practical subjects of any type, the ability to be able to record events and then instantly be able to review what has been done, slow it down, pinpoint strengths and areas for development and even to annotate with drawing and audio over the top.
This is an app we will use a lot in Sport both in the hands of the staff but more importantly with students in control. This links nicely with YouTube as well for storage of video and this will be referred to later.

This is a simple picture and audio app that has some really useful applications in sport. The idea is that students will take pictures if a peer performing a closed skill,they then review the pictures to find the best shot, this in itself gets students doing some very simple analysis of performance. Once they select the best picture they then click record and talk about what is happening in the picture and how it could be improved. This can then be shared with their partner to inform progress.

This is a simple AFL tool that can be used throughout a session to check the students understanding of the learning. Simply create a quiz and get students to answer the questions. This in itself can generate conversation about students learning as they will no doubt discuss what they answered with each other. The app sends a report to your email and this can be viewed as a class if required to look at general trends. It is also really good for informing future planning.

I have discussed blogging in previous posts but as a quick review staff and students use Posterous to keep a blog of their learning, students write about what they have learnt and what they want to target as an improvement, this van then be used at the start of the next lesson to look at what students have learnt. It is also a way to get students to practice literacy in sport sessions.

We have set up a department YouTube channel which we use for a few different purposes.
We store videos created in sessions looking at how to perform different skills in sport. This is useful for students to track their progress across the key stage as we can see where they have progressed from.
We have compiled playlists of exemplar models of how to do skills to have models of good practice.
It is also a storage location for BTEC coursework.
The potential for YouTube in this way is huge as it becomes a storage location for our flipped learning as students can access a wealth of content to help them develop.

This is a really useful app with many uses, the one I hope will have a huge impact is to record parts of each lesson to build a lesson by lesson review of each sport. By filming sections and then reviewing at the end if the module students have an opportunity to see how they have developed over the course of the module. This should lead to some good conversation around what has been covered. Again this would be uploaded to YouTube for other staff to review and share with future students to see what can be achieved, it also helps with moderation of assessment.

This is something I have only just started looking at and it is a combination of the video created in sessions, exemplar models on YouTube and assessment. The idea is to use our student focused level descriptors that are displayed around our sportshall and create augmented reality clips that would show exactly what that level would look like. Students could then use this independently in lessons to help their understanding. This could also be done using QR codes.

Class Dojo
This is something I introduced to our scholarship teachers. They use it as a simple reward and sanction tool to track student engagement in sessions. The students have responded really well to this and as it can be totally customised it suits whatever need you want to use it for.

And in BTEC sessions

This has a lot of uses in our sessions, it can serve as a place to store useful links to websites that you want students to read, store them in a notebook and share it with the students in your class. It is a place to store coursework to save on having numerous paper files. I have also linked it to Awesome note and store overviews of my lessons on it, again these notebooks are shared with my groups so they can see the lessons and content that has been covered so if they do miss a session they can see what they missed. Finally I link it with Explain Everything to share created content, I will explain this desperately.

Explain Everything
Due to the Sports staff having whatever classroom is available around the school we can not rely on having smart boards available all the time. Explain Everything enables us to have interactive whiteboards in any classroom. It has a whole host of options from simple drawing it writing to recording audio and annotating over pictures or web pages. You can record everything that you put on the slides and this can then be shared via Evernote so students can review it in their own time. It is really useful for recording discussions in class and ensures students take part in discussions rather than focusing on making notes on what is being discussed.

As discussed above but for BTEC it is great for capturing practical demonstration and saving it as evidence, for example pictures of students testing fitness and an audio recording of how they did it.

This is a podcast creator and similar to above is a great tool to capture student work in an alternative way to writing it down. Examples used have been in the creation if podcasts for fitness training methods. This gives students a chance to create something that is used in the real world and have it commented on outside of school

This is a nice presentation tool that works really well to develop a sequence to learning, it animates the drawing of pictures and words and moves between them smoothly, I have found it useful to show things that might work in a cycle as it brings things together nicely, if you have used prezi it works in a similar way.

Book creator
This is similar to iBooks Author but can be done on the iPad, it’s used are fairly straight forward. You can create your own text books and include more digital resources such as video or audio links to bring the book to life. The power here is that your books can be continually updated and with a little bit of creativity you can get the students to create chapters as well. If you want to give purpose to a piece if work done by a student tell them they could have it published in the school text book used by future classes.

Coachnote or coachpad
These are similar apps but both are centred around a coach board that can be used to analyse tactics in a game, in BTEC we use it so students can demonstrate their knowledge of set plays, formations etc in games as evidence for the practical sport module, it has also been used by non doers in practical lessons to plan and lead drills and to analyse performance, for instance in basketball looking at shots made and missed.

Google Drive
Again this has been covered in previous posts but the idea is that it is used for feedback to students on their coursework and a way to share progress of students.

These are just a few of the apps that we currently use or are planning on using. They are not a replacement to teaching and learning, just tools to help enhance the experience in the classroom.