Loughborough University #Physed Teacher Education Conference

On 27th June 2013, I presented at the Loughborough University Teacher Education Conference for partnership schools, mentors and ITT co-ordinators. This was a great opportunity to share how technology can be used to enhance teacher training within the Loughborough partnership. Other presentations by @misskjwilson also ensured mentors and ITT co-ordinators left feeling inspired.

If you have any further questions regarding the presentation, or how this can be further developed/shared, please email me (mrwickenspe@gmail.com).


You can access the presentation PowerPoint and handout here

The Future…
84-85% of 11-18 year olds currently own a handheld device (phone or tablet). Therefore, when trainee teachers start ITT (initial teacher training) – PGCE/Schools Direct/Teach First – we can safely assume that an even higher percentage of young people possess some sort of handheld device. This is an opportunity to enhance ITT on the front line (on placement) through the use of ICT – like many teachers are currently doing already doing within the classroom across the world.


A Place to Share…
Using online resources like Dropbox to inform and support a trainee’s journey to NQT. Shared folders such as #PEGeeks, Literacy in PE, Numeracy in PE, PE Bible, TGfU, SOLO Taxonomy and A-Level PE Bible can be invaluable on their journey to outstanding. Using and editing tried and testing resources shared by teachers across the globe will open their eyes to the outstanding practice across school playing fields around the world.

Creating a Twitter account and blogging will also help trainee’s develop a PLN (personal learning network) outside of the university and placement schools. During ITT, your PLN will act as additional mentors, with access to this resource 24 hours a day, seven days a week with people world wide willing to support your own personal development. This network will introduce trainee’s to innovative practices, such as SOLO taxonomy and iPad’s, that are not always introduce during ITT.

To be Inspired…

A number of Apps (iPhone and Android) have been developed specifically for PE Teachers and coaches. Jarrod Robinson (@mrrobbo/@ThePEGeekApps) and Nicholas Stratigopz (@GraciousWolf_PE) are two such #PEGeeks that have created a shared numerous excellent Apps to support teachers in their planning.

The Basketball PE, Soccer PE, Tag Games and TGfU Games PE Apps developed by Nicholas (@GraciousWolf_PE) are an outstanding tool to help trainee teachers with their planning to create inspiring lessons. You can find a link to Nicholas’ Apps here.

PE Games, Group Games and Swim Games Apps developed by Jarrod (@mrrobbo/@ThePEGeekApps) are also just as informative and inspiring. Jarrod has also developed a number of Apps to use in the classroom – check out the Apps here.

Not to forget the online TES Teaching Resources and the excellent, and still growing PE Scholar.

To Teach…
Two Apps used by PE teachers are Time Motion and Easy Tag. Have you thought about using these apps during observations to assess the activity levels of pupils, or to quantify teaching styles/phrases? These apps have numerous possibilities to the mentor and trainee. Do not stop there though, that other apps do you use in the classroom that can be used when observing?

Performance Analysis…
I am a strong believer that all trainees must have access to, and use when teaching, performance analysis apps, technology and software. From applications such as Coach’s EyeUbersense, Educreations and Explain Everything; to Dartfish software and Flip Cam hardware.

If you have any further questions about this presentation or anything else, please do not hesitate to get in contact.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Thanks for the mention, Ross, I’m sure it was an informative and engaging presentation!

  2. I’m a student at University of South Alabama in the USA, and I’m on my way to becoming a PE teacher. I have come across your blog due to my class EDM310 that focuses on technology in the class room.

    I love the sharing of information. It must be the number one amazing part about the internet. These apps, I’m sure will one day help in my evaluation of students. Thanks for taking the time to share them with the world.

  3. Holly Shaw says:

    I never knew how much technology can be used even in a PE class setting. I look forward to researching more Apps including the two you have mentioned here. Thank you for sharing this information!

  4. Corey Waldon says:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. As I enter my last few semester in college I still have trouble seeing the importance in technology with physical education. I see in your post you talked about a few tools that could be used. I believe if technology is used correctly it could be used in PE but I still think about how. Great post thanks for your insight.

  5. Mr. Wickens, this is a great post for a college student like myself. You discuss things like Twitter, Dropbox, and the line about students using handheld devices. All of these things are extremely useful for younger generations and something that we should take advantage of as teachers. Also, being a PE teacher, I should look into Time Motion and Easy Tag apps in order to more effectively use technology in my “classroom.”

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