Digital Technology Tools

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Recently I have been presenting with my colleague Carmen Fernandez at the Qatar Academy during a joint PD session. We have shared some of the strategies and tools that we are using in our lesson when integrating technology.

I have talked about QR codes, video analysis assessments in the early ages and how to record, report and share evidence of IMG_0094these assessments with students, parents, and teachers.

Carmen presented tools that can boost the summative and formative assessment or her Spanish lesson: Kahoot, Tagxedo, Vocaroo, and Socrative.

The highlight of the presentation was our collaboration during an integration unit about ocean animals with pre 5 students. Carmen recorded the students pronouncing various names of ocean animals in Spanish. With these files she created QR codes. I posted the QR codes in the gym and the students had to scan them with the iPads, listen to the recordings, and then imitate the moves IMG_0087of those animals for a number of times. Having a great mix of students for all around the world, this formative assessment turned into a peer assessment and a great way to differentiate. Students with good Spanish phonetics skills helped their partners to identify the animals and facilitated learning.

Acquiring  Spanish or any other language through movement is possible with the help of technology like the one I have described. Students are engaged in the learning process, teachers are learning, and the efficiency of the lesson is increased.

Share your ideas if you have other relevant learning experiences!

Fit’n’Wit Kidz – Meaningful Fitness

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is a program designed and planned as an entertaining fitness activity focusing to offer a better understanding of living a healthy lifestyle by students and parents.

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Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Physical. Education. Fun.

‘Fit’n’Wit Kidz’ is an activity where we practice basic movement skills and co-operative games with a high dose of fun.

This is a personal project that started seven years ago in my previous school. Together with my wife we are continuing to enjoy this activities and absorb the students’ energy every week.

During exercise we stimulate the brain plasticity by generating the growth of new connections between the brain cells.Our brain produces new neuronal connections when we are physically active. The students are more alert, better able to pay attention, learn and remember new things immediately after doing physical exercise.

Fit’n’Wit Kidz. Mental and Physical Exercise. 

We focus on learning experiences with both physical and mental components. It is well proven through extensive research that this type of approach has a higher impact on cognitive functioning over exercise or mental tasks alone. The best health workouts in the Fit’n’Wit Kidz club are those that integrate different parts of the brain such as coordination, rhythm and strategy.

Have a look at the video and leave your thoughts below.

Stay strong!

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15159540

http://www.brainrules.net/about-brain-rules

 

 

 

 

#PhysEdSummit 2.0 Conference Program

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This February 21st all my fellow PE educators are invited to attend a free professional development event at the #PhysEdSummit. I will be presenting with Matthew Bassett in Block 1, 7.00 AM PST. Click below for the conference program. See you then!

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PhysEDSummit 2.0

Hey everyone! On February 21st the #PhysEdSummit 2.0 will be coming to a screen near you. For those of you who have not heard of the #PhysEdSummit, it is a free professional development opportunity made specifically for physical education professionals by physical education professionals. We will be hosting the #PhysEdSummit 2.0 through Google Hangouts on Air. It will be a LIVE presentation pushed through YouTube. Since all sessions will be live, the audience will have to choose which session they would like to listen to/watch. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the PHYSEDagogy YouTube Channel for others to view after the Summit. This is a great way to receive professional development units while watching live or viewing recorded sessions. Block 1 will begin at 7:00am PST, at 8:00am we will have a fifteen minute brain energizer brought to you by SPARK and at 8:15 AM PST Block 2  will begin. Look for the…

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