Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.
"As teachers, the pull of social media on your students attention will already be well known to you. The online world exerts a magnetic lure on the attention of young people today, offering community and information sharing, entertainment and gossip in ways that often pull students away from the blackboard. Understanding this dynamic, some educators are now bringing social media into the classroom in surprising ways. By working with something your students already enjoy and don’t, perhaps, associate with learning, there are opportunities for creative teaching, as well as making genuine connection with your students."
Video Physics is perfect for physics students and instructors. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions. Measure the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. Or, take a video of a basketball free throw shot. Video Physics will display the path of the ball and provide graphs of Y vs X as well as the X and Y position and velocity as a function of time.
I came across this FREE app a few weeks back that seemed too good to be true. To date, I haven’t found any flaws (apart from an ad banner – no big deal).This simple to use app allows you to compress video from 1%-20% of the original size.
Why am I still teaching after 18 years? I've never really been able to explain an answer to this question when asked by family or friends, but I think I could now. I recently read 'Drive' by Daniel Pink. It made so much sense. This book is about what motivates us, particularly with regards to work. So many light bulbs went off here. Before I share my answer, here are the main points I took away from the book:
"In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new "Apps for Teachers" http://bit.ly/16HvwHx category in the App Store. You'll find them listed among a wide and extensive list of categories under the "Education Collection" banner."
Emaze is a presentation platform which comes with some amazing features to create presentations online.
Craig Crossley's insight:
Browser based presentation platforms are quickly gaining ground as HTML5 has made it possible to create robust presentations online without the need for applications like PowerPoint or Keynote. These platforms not only provide a comprehensive toolset for making presentations online but also enable presenting and sharing them using nothing more than an internet browser. Emaze is a presentation platform which comes with some amazing features to create presentations online.
The Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds responds to reader questions about fitness.
Craig Crossley's insight:
Debunking some myths...
Twenty years ago, when I was misspending my youth training for 10K races and the occasional marathon, runners and other endurance athletes were strongly advised to avoid eating in the hour or so before exercise.
"Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation, design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection "
26 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer These questions are more about the student than you, your classroom, or education. What every student should know starts with themselves and moves outwards to your...
"Today I am sharing with you a list of some of the most popular iPad apps to create mind maps. I have got several readers here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning emailing me asking about these apps. The post below is the most recent collection of curated iPad mind mapping apps. If you are looking for web-based tools to create mind maps , check outthis page."
"Technology has radically revolutionized the human science and provided us with profound insights that were not knowable to us before. It has also cracked the dark secrets of some key scientific concepts that mystified the human mind since the dawn of time. The physiology of the body and body anatomy are some of these key areas that have benefited a great deal from the advancement of technology. Consequently, the teaching of these concepts have become way easier and more attainable. In this regard, developers now have designed so many apps that examine the human body in 3D."
I love that PE and Technology are coming together, there is such a great host of Google scripts that can enhance our feedback to students and parents. I believe that if I am assessing and recording it (iPad using Google Drive) then the students really should get to see it and understand what I am doing and so how they are doing/did.
Earlier today on iPad Apps for School I reviewed an app that teaches children about human anatomy and physiology. If your students don't have iPads take a look at the Human Body Study Jams from Scholastic.
In the latest episode of The PE Geek Podcast we explore how you can easily make use of utilise a GoPro Hero to teach game sense and understanding in your PE Classroom. We explore the apps TimeMotion, Workout Trainer and Burst Mode.