Thoughts on 21st Century Physical education

In the job I’m currently working in, I’ve had plenty of information coming over my desk and through my screen on what modern education looks like, sounds like, feels like, smells like. Edu thinkers are not only calling for change, but many are stepping up and going about bringing that change into reality. My thoughts … Read more

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Loose thoughts on Change

It”s been a while since I posted here, and a lot has changed since then. Change. My original motivation to blog was to share stuff that I was doing in the classroom, and avoid excessive navel gazing. The classroom and what I discovered I could do there, with the 1:1 blessing that the Digital Education … Read more

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QR Geo-Treasure Hunt

This is just a quick description of a project I have going at school. I’m being ably assisted by a student with a love for technology and an understanding of networks (that I don’t possess). We have been keen to get QR codes working in an everyday way at school. Most kids have a smart … Read more

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Barry replies….

I received a reply from Barry O’Farrell, Leader of the Opposition in NSW, regarding my DER enquiry. Have a read: I guess that’s a yes? What do you think?

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#derlibs – The actual first reply

Just an correction/update. I actually DID get a reply to my email to Mr Barry O’Farrell MP about his plans for DER in NSW should he win the election. Here it is. I liked Mr Piccoli’s reply better. So, Mr O’Farrell, I guess I’d like a bit more detail.    

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GPS Dataloggers – the first real test

Just a quick update on the MainNav GPS dataloggers that I spoke about in a previous post. I tested them today in a short  OzTag game. The kids wore them in the supplied wrist/ankle pouches. They seemed to allow free movement (well..none of the kids complained about feeling awkward). They were certainly engaged and interested … Read more

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#libsder – The first reply.

It’s been almost a week since I Tweeted and then emailed the Leader of the NSW Opposition and his Shadow Education Minister about the future of DER in their hands, should they win the upcoming NSW election. Today – a response! Mr Adrian Piccoli MP, The Shadow Minister for Education, Skills and Youth Affairs, emailed … Read more

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#libsder – my letter to Barry O’Farrell.

I’ve decided to continue my tradition (well…I’ve done it twice) of asking the political leaders in upcoming elections (this time the NSW State election) what their position is on maintaining the Digital Education Revolution (DER) program. The word is that the Labor Party will maintain the program. The word “savings” was heard during Barry O’Farrell’s speech last … Read more

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My tilt at gaming theory engagement in PE

As most PE teachers would agree, you can never quite get all kids active in the one lesson. It might be that some kids don’t like the activity, its too hot, too cold etc etc. I guess its always been my quest to get everyone involved and engaged in the work that we do in … Read more

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GPS dataloggers in PE

Recently I bought some MainNav MG600 GPS dataloggers, initially to add some interest to my Yr 10 Physical Activity and Sport Studies (PASS) class. They are pretty cheap and relatively easy to use (the interface is a bit clunky, but OK once you get used to it). I believe they have a lot of potential … Read more

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