Well I didn’t expect that

Today used Kahoot as a quiz to wrap up a First Aid unit I was running with Year 9 PASS (Physical Activity and Sport Studies). I’ve used Kahoot before with classes, but purely as a summative exercise at the end of something to test what they’ve learned, in a fun, gamey and engaging way. And it … Read more

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Levels of Difficulty – Google Apps for Education

I’ve been playing with Google Drive at my school for a while now. Part of my role is to support other staff with using Google in their classrooms. I got to thinking today – how could I visually represent the degree to which apps have have an impact in my classroom? I wanted to show … Read more

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Dodgeball – threat or opportunity?

I was skimming through my Scoopit feed on Physical Education  when I happened upon an article about Dodgeball. I didn’t Scoopit, but instead tweeted the link, but with an invitation for #pegeeks to comment. My first thought after reading the article was that banning a game outright seemed to be pretty harsh. I thought the article relied … Read more

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It’s game on in my classroom – Level 1

My previous post about an idea for a games based approach to my teaching has sort of developed. Sort of, because I know what I want, but I’m not sure how to do it properly. I want it to be a mixture of game play and popular media references. And I want to make it work online … Read more

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Game on. Who’s with me?

Christmas saw Santa bring me Far Cry 4. I hadn’t played much in the way of these sorts of games in the past, and I’d just invested in a new gaming PC so I was keen to see what it looked like. Far Cry 4 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game – you … Read more

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Thinking “why”, not “how”

In the years that I’ve tried to lead doing new or interesting things at school the same lesson always comes back to me – you can’t just “build it and they will come”. What I mean is – you can’t just build a Moodle, or grant access to Google Apps, or start an Edmodo class, … Read more

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Evolution

  creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by kevin dooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/1856663523 I was reflecting the other day on why I hadn’t written a post for so long. Partly, I realised, because I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and construct something. I also acknowledged something that had been a nagging thought in … Read more

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Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

I’m working on a Year 10 PASS theory unit on Improving Performance. One of the topics we cover is using skills and tactics as a way to improve individual and team performance. In planning the learning for this, I wanted to made the learning real and visible, not just theoretical and abstract. I came up … Read more

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#pegeeks Mythbusters

I’m teaching a unit on Improving Performance with my Year 10 students at the moment. They choose a sport they want to investigate (ideally the one they play at the moment) and come up with a personal improvement plan for themselves. The aspects of the investigation are up to them, but we talked through some … Read more

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MasterCoach Mystery Bag Challenge

I’ve been playing around with an idea to get  my Year 10 students to think about games and how to run them. I’ve always been a fan of inserting popular culture references into my teaching, and one particular TV show captured my attention last week. Master Chef Australia is on at the moment, and it saw … Read more

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