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 Game on. Who’s with me?

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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 Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

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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 GPS Dataloggers – the first real test

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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 My tilt at gaming theory engagement in PE

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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 GPS dataloggers in PE

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Serendipitous critiquing in a PE lesson

  A larger than normal group of kids not changed for practical lessons required a plan to keep them occupied on meaningful work. It ended up being a great discussion lesson, using technology to make it engaging, instant and stimulating. Off to a room we went, me carrying a laptop and a copy of the … Read more Serendipitous critiquing in a PE lesson

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BlogEd and mobile phones

Term 2 – Week 9. Assessment for our junior school is over, reports are more or less put to bed, so what better time to give something new a run. BlogEd (for those of you outside NSW) is the Department of Education & Training (DET) sponsored blog platform provided to all teachers and students. My … Read more BlogEd and mobile phones

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It’s like algebra…

I’ve been meaning to reflect on the Staff Development Day (SDD) that took place on our first day back in Term 2, but the impending departure of the Jones collective overseas has left me with too few spare moments to sit down and write. When the focus for the SDD was revealed at our executive … Read more It’s like algebra…

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Gaming linked to learning authenticity

In the near future, my family and I will be going on a trip to Italy. During our conversations about what we would like to do and see there, my eldest son had a request about our visit to Florence. He began to rattle off names of landmarks and historical figures associated with Florence and … Read more Gaming linked to learning authenticity

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A shoebox full of crap..or the answer?

I’ve been madly saving bookmarks of sites that I think I could use for my kids at school, but all I think I’ve created is a shoebox full of crap (that everyone has somewhere). I’ve recently asked myself  “What is going to work with my students when my lessons involve technology/Web 2.0+ tools in the … Read more A shoebox full of crap..or the answer?

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