Encouraging Collaboration and Brainstorming


I have been using Padlet for a while, but this year I am really fortunate to be in a school with a 1:1 iPad ratio. This enables any educator to explore the knowledge and understanding of students in so many useful ways. It takes just a few minutes to record students’ thoughts and to have evidence of their learning!

Padlet in PE can be visualized in this short clip.  Its efficiency is really high, since the discussion is left open on the wall and the students can comment, provide a learning source or consult various viewpoints. In a formative assessment, student can create a wall and brainstorm relating to a certain topic. All of this can happen synchronously, in the classroom, or asynchronously, after the session is over.


Plickers In Grade 1


This week I had an extra session to spend with my grade 1 students so I decided to experiment and use Plickers. Since we are transitioning to a new unit this was a great opportunity to assess for the conceptual understanding of the previous unit and to reflect on its outcomes.

It took me almost 20 minutes in total,  to explain to the students how it works, collect their answers and give them a feedback.

My goal is to reduce this time bellow 10 minutes for the next assessment. Here are the outcomes:

My students responded very well and I will definitely use Plickers in the following situations:

  • In launching a unit provocation (picture, movie, etc.) with the purpose of collecting useful information to plan further steps of the inquiry process. Building from the known and taking the time to find questions for inquiry will be the stages where using Plickers can make a big impact to understand what my students know or what they are interested in.
  • In our formative assessments Plickers will be a great tool to help students gain a new perspective and to check for their understanding over what was learned.
  • Printing their answers will be an important part of their portfolios. I use Easy Portfolio app to export content to the students and parents.
  • In our summative assessments or end of the unit reflections, where students can express what they have learned without peer pressure.

A great resource that I have used is @MrAdamPE and his very useful article on Plickers: http://tinyurl.com/pglwr7m.

Matthew Bassett @PhysEdApps explained during the Physedagogy Summit how he uses Plickers. He did this in our collaborative presentation “iPads in Physical Education”: http://tinyurl.com/o4encx9

In his website www.freetech4teachers.com, @rmbyrnewrote a great article about it too: http://tinyurl.com/nfaqpqp

Leave your thoughts about any other creative ways to use Plickers in your PE lesson. Would love to hear about it and shape them into new ideas!


Superburst – Slow Motion Video


IMG_02896When focusing on a gymnastic element or game technique I often share with my students a slow motion capture of the highlighted element. I do this this by using Superburst app. This is a real time feed back that can turn into a formative assessment enhancing students learning, and the next stages of planning.  Sometimes I compile a couple of movies created from these bursts into the Replay app, to create a short clip which I will mirror on a big screen at the end of the lesson. Then, I encourage my students to reflect in small gorups about their perfomance. Superburst comes in a bundle with some other useful apps such as SuperSlo,  Supercut, Square Video, Reverser, Snap Still, and Flow. Give them a try and share your ideas or creations!