Plickers In Grade 1

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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!

 

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My First IB Article : Technology and PE in the Early Years

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I am very honored and happy  to have this article published in the IB Community Blog. This is the result of a fantastic collaborative work with my students, teachers, teacher assistants and a very supportive PYP Coordinator.

http://blogs.ibo.org/sharingpyp/2014/12/18/tech-and-pe-in-early-years/

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The use QR codes with KG students in a stand-alone Adventure Challenge unit in Physical Education is a breakthrough experience at such age and I am very proud of their achievements.  They were able to scan codes, play a movie and perform the exercise shown in the movie. All of this was part of a scavenger hunt which was meaningful and fun for them. They learned how to cooperate in a team, share the same goal and use technology while still performing various physical activities.

 

 

 

Injured Student Participating

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There are many ways to engage the injured or non-participant students in the PE lesson, but often we can’t resist the temptation to have them seated and to “protect” them. Erika, a pre 4 student, had to wear a cast during the school hours and her participation in the PE lesson would have been limited.

So I decided to assign her with the task of observing some of her colleagues during the Individual Pursuits unit. All we needed was an iPad and the Easy Tag app. She enjoyed her new role and she was able to access the prior knowledge gained throughout the unit while performing this formative assessment on basic movement skills.

What is your way to engage students who can’t participate from various reasons?

ConnectedPE – Technology and Innovation in Physical Education

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As a fan of implementing technology in Physical Education being part in any of Jarrod’s Robinson ConnectedPE workshops is a must. I have joined a group of dedicated educators and for a full day we had immersed ourselves into the endless possibilities that present technology tools

Here are some of the most important skills and strategies that I am already applying with my students:

  •  Using Coach’s Eye app in the formative and summative assessment with students aged 4 and 5. I do this by recording them performing a skill and using the analysing tools and graphics of this app. The outcomes can be shared instantly and then exported to their portfolios or to their parents.

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  • I often record live my lesson with the help of Bam Video Delay app. Students love the opportunity being offered to them to reflect on their own skills immediately. I set a delay of two minutes and that is the exact amount of time we’ll inquire efficiently on a specific topic before we give it another go.
  • CoachNote is another great app that helps us to introduce various activities by challenging our students. Whenever we introduce a new activity I take a picture with the entire set up of the game prepared in the gym. Then I will load the picture in the CoachNote app and mirror it with my iPad on the screen outside the gym. I can start explaining the activity while I edit live and we inquire about the expected objectives and outcomes. We then move to the gym and I can observe the way their understanding builds up.

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  •  Easy Tag is another app I have been using recently even with four years old students. It offers to possibility to engage students as observers in the lesson and gives them the chance to experience new roles and responsibilities. I often assign injured students to observe various skills performed by a team, small group or individuals and this can be done by simply tapping on the screen when the skill is being performed.
  • Other exciting apps that I have tried in the workshop and my students love by now are: PopFlux, Bit Breaker and Dance Party.

The present technologies teach our children how to make sense of the world, how to think about knowledge and information, and how to relate to themselves and to one another. Making sure we agree, in principle, with the tool’s implicit messaging is the most important question we can ask at the moment. Being part of an active #pegeeks community on Twitter is one of the best ways to ensure that we facilitate meaningful learning experiences that our students can transfer into their every day life.

 

 

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5 Things I Took Away From Andy’s Workshop

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Recently I attended a PYP workshop about inquiry and assessment in PE, led by Andy Vasily. It was a positive experience and I decided to start my blog with the things that inspired me the most:

  • CONNECTING with other PE teachers is an essential step to be inspired by a continuously growing and interactive community. Use platforms such as Twitter to share loads of ideas and resources with teachers from all over the world.
  • TECHNOLOGY in PE is becoming more and more an integrated part of our activity, at every level. The use of iPhones, iPads or any other mobile devices in planning, assessment or coaching is becoming an every-day reality. Since our students are “digital natives”, they will engage better into the tasks you’re preparing for them. Challenging for some of us, but so rewarding at the end of the road!
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is one of the most important aspects in our activity as educators. Whenever I have the chance to interact with a workshop leader and other professionals, I take the opportunity right away. Engage in workshops, seminars, online PD or free online courses to stay connected and updated, never limit yourself to what your school offers you!
  • TAKE ACTION of what you’re learning.  When I learn something new, my view about the world changes. As this new view influences my actions, then this new view becomes part of my actions. When returning to your school from a workshop, apply one new thing at a time to experience success.
  • GOOD TEACHING is L.I.F.E.! And no one could have said it better than Andy and the amazing educators who reflected on it. You can read about it here: http://www.pyppewithandy.com/good-teaching-is-life.html

Read more about Andy Vasily here: http://www.pyppewithandy.com/

Thanks to Osama and the Greenfield Community School from Dubai for organizing this event. You’ve provided a great environment for learning!