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Team Strategies And Video Analysis Apps In #PhysEd

It seems that whenever you hear Physical Educators talk about the apps they use, video analysis apps always seem to be at the top of the list. The ability to show a student what they are doing while performing a skill and easily highlight what they are doing right and what they need to improve is definitively a great tool for any #physed teacher. However, I feel as though these video analysis apps could be used for even more than just skill analysis.

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For example, I just finished a unit in which my students had to create a play with their teammates and then follow their plan in a game situation. Traditionally, I would have my students draw out their play on a sheet a then I would assess during game time how well they were actually sticking to their plan.

Now that I have iPads in my gym, I can take a much more interactive and engaging approach to this unit. Here’s how:

CoachNote is an awesome app that allows you to draw out plays on your iPad and even create animated recordings of what the plays would look like in action. In my Quarterback Club (think mini American Football) Team Strategy unit, I would have students create videos of their plays using the CoachNote app. Here is an example of what a team’s play could look like (the recording of the play saves itself to your Camera Roll):


Once the students have recorded and practiced their play, its now time to apply in a game situation. I organize my class so that teammates take turns playing the “Video Recorder” role as the rest of their team plays the game. The Video Recorder’s job is to take game footage of the team putting their play into practice.

Once the team’s collected different game footage clips, they can select a clip and compare it to their CoachNote play (which you can find in your Camera Roll) by using a video comparison app such as CoachMyVideo. Here’s an example of what that could look like:


Students could then do an auto-evaluation as a team, or share their iPad to allow other teams to complete a peer-evaluation sheet on the performance of their team play.

So what do you think? Do you see yourself using video analysis apps for other things than just skill analysis? Are you already doing something similar to this? I’d love to hear what you have to say, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Joey Feith is the founder of Having taught elementary physical education for 10 years, Joey is now focused on helping physical educators grow their confidence and competence as teachers.