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How has technology changed your classroom practice? Drones in #Physed?

@SchleiderJustin recently wrote his #slowchatpe blog about “How I Use Social Media in Professional Development Using The Samr Model” but as 21st Century Educators how do we use technology in practice?   Technology is constantly getting smaller, quicker more advanced year on year, but as educators it is essential to keep up with the trends.  Not only to enhance student learning, but to be able to use your time more efficiently to complete those daily tasks.

About two weeks ago a grade 12 student shared with me the idea of the Lily Cam and I shared this with the Voxer PE technology group. The possibilities are endless with how this could be used in Physical Education.  You could be watching just one player in a game situation and then discuss positioning and tactical plays.  Or the student maybe refereeing a game and you could discuss their positioning to see a decision, or a decision they did not see!  This could be accompanied with a GoPro camera to see their line of vision when the play is happening.  When I was teaching BTEC Level 3 Sport in the UK, there was a lot of video evidence collected, and this would have helped so much when students watched their own performances to give an self-reflection.

Here is the promotional video for the Lily Camera:

So the same grade 12 student who had introduced the idea of the Lily camera to me, had also mentioned he had a drone. As it was Grade 12s last lesson I had asked him to bring it in to show me. While students played badminton we had the drone hovering above and then could replay the action after. We could discuss doubles spacing, positioning on the court and shot selection. Now this drone cost less than $100 and only has a short flight time and once you have recorded the footage you then have to plug it in to a computer to view.  More expensive advanced drones you can see the footage live on an ipad and have longer flight times.  For the price though, something like this is a great opportunity for students to see a birds eye view of their performance. Below is a little of the footage taken from the drone and my ipad.

Remember technology should only be used to enhance the learning experience for all. As I always say:

“Work smarter, not harder”.


1. What has been your favorite piece of technology in the past five years and why?

2. How has technology changed your classroom practice?

3. What is the most innovative way you have used technology ?

4. Can you share your best resource you have created using technology?

5. If you had one piece of advice for a ‘newbie’ using technology in their program, what would it be?


2 thoughts on “How has technology changed your classroom practice? Drones in #Physed?

  1. Firstly, thanks to your student for pointing out the Lily camera to you. After you posted it on Voxer I got a bit too excited. I realised that it had great potential in a #physed setting. I’m imagining it hovering above a tennis court as we assess movement around the court, or using it to identify students using 2v1 strategies to beat a defender in a team games setting. So I ordered one! Too bad it will arrive in February and I live in Chicago where it’s so cold people are warned not to go outside!!
    My favourite piece of technology has to the iPad (but I could easily have said the iPhone). Living in the USA, but with friends & family in England it has allowed me to keep in touch wr ith all that is British. Face Time, Whats App, Stitcher (for BBC podcasts), TuneIn (for BBC radio), blogging, podcasting, making movies, videoing students for performance analysis….the list goes on. I couldn’t imagine the past 5 years without an iPad. Game changer!
    Technology has definitely allowed me to hand the lesson back to the students. I am no longer the font of all knowledge (if I ever was), there’s no more ‘sage on the stage’. Lessons are more student centered than ever before as they collaborate, and create with each other, directing their own learning. Taking more responsibility and more ownership for their learning.
    Tech’s biggest role in my health classroom is showcasing student work and sharing it on social media, and my ‘best’ resource is an iBook that I just created for a conference. Instead of sharing my notes in a boring powerpoint or xeroxed handout, I have put everything in an interactive iBook. The extended links take the notes above and beyond anything which I could share in the conference session.

    You can download the iBook at:

    Or, download a PDF copy at:

    One piece of advice for ‘newbies’ would be ‘go for it!’. It can be daunting launching a tech idea, especially if you have been motivated to do so because you saw a great example online. Don’t be scared to try something as it’s only by actually using tech that you will become so much better for it. Plus, the online community of educators is so willing to share good advice that you are guaranteed to have success no matter what.

    Nice blog post Adam. I look forward to collaborating with you with Lily idea in the new year!!!

    Posted by carmelhealth | June 7, 2015, 2:44 pm


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