It is fair to say that September 2014 has been one of the busiest months of my life, but also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling. It has left me very little time to update iPhys-Ed.com and for that I apologise, however my experiences over the past month have left me energised and inspired to continue connecting and sharing best practice in inquiry based, technology infused #PhysEd. Let me share with you below what has kept me so busy over the last month.
ACHPER Tasmania State Conference – Friday 12th September
I was incredibly lucky to be invited back to my home state by the ACHPER Tasmania crew for their State Conference that took place on Friday 12th September in Launceston, Tasmania. The event was split into day & night sessions with the day session taking place at the University of Tasmania and the evening session at the Country Club Casino.
I was asked to present two sessions at the conference, one a keynote style talk and another practical session. Both of these sessions revolved around the meaningful integration of technology in physical education.
I stepped off an overnight flight from Singapore and basically straight into my first keynote session which you can see below.
NOTE: There were some technical issues which prevented the audio from working for the first 25 mins. The video below should start at 25:26.
Overall the conference was extremely well organised and well run and I can not commend the ACHPER Tasmania crew highly enough for the effort and dedication they put into make this conference extremely successful. In a place as small as Tasmania it was incredible to see almost 200 physical education professionals coming together to advance the practice as well as have the entire conference shared worldwide through Twitter and Google Hangouts. If you want to view more the sessions that were broadcast live be sure to check out the ACHPERTAS Youtube Channel.
You can view all of the resources from both of my sessions at www.iPhys-Ed.com/ACHPERTAS
ISS Elementary School Sports Day – Friday 19th September
As most of you know I am a perfectionist and also someone who always has to find a way to improve and make things even better. I have previously blogged about how we Live Scored our Swim Gala using Google Sheets last year. This year I went a step further and included some more formulas into the score sheet to automate the process even further.
I will be blogging about this new and improved Athletics scoresheet very soon so keep your eyes peeled. As always I am happy to share my template and will do so in this post.
ISHCMC Professional Collaboration Visit – 24th-26th September
It is always great when you get to go into another school, or see another teacher in their element and I find that often this is the best form of professional learning. Don’t get me wrong conferences and workshops are great, but there is nothing quite like being in someone else’s gym to see how they operate and sharing ideas on how best to advance the physical education profession. It’s all those little conversations that you get to have over the course of the day in between classes that really valuable and make you reflect on your practice.
Check out the Google Presentation below to see some of the things we collaborated on over the course of the week.