Lesson Planning, Grading and Managing Classes... we do this everyday!
Planbook.com is where all my lesson planning takes place. The mobile & desktop applications sync seamlessly to give me my day, week or month at a glance so I can see all my classes and what I'm teaching. It's $12/year, but totally worth it. My favorite part is that all the the K-5 SHAPE America Standards & Grade Level Outcomes are included! Simply tap all the outcomes that your lesson covers and it keeps a running tab of the GLOs you've taught and how many times you've taught them throughout the year!
I use iDoceo because of its power and superior customization. I use it as my gradebook and track everything from attendance to video clips of students performing various skills to capture evidence of student learning. It's a $9.99 one time purchase but the flexibility to fit your grading and class management style into it the way you want, make it a one stop shop. If you want more info from a P.E. teacher with deep experience in creating templates, contact Nick Spencer from Colorado on Twitter @PE4Life_Spencer
I use Class Dojo every day. This free behavior management program lets me track observable behaviors in real time using my mobile device. I can display the positive behaviors up on the wall with my projector for students to see or use the app as a stand alone program for my own record keeping. Either way, all observable behavior data is recorded and available at my fingertips. Parents also receive a weekly behavior report of their child every Friday. This helps keeps parents informed and students on track!
I use this awesome app for randomly making partners, groups or teams. Upload your class lists and you can make groups randomly or select certain students to be separated or grouped together. No more complaining about the fairness of a team or two best friends always being together. Students enjoy letting the app select their groups and so do I. You can set up pre-made groups or do a random shuffle. This saves lots of transitional time as I can either read off the names and get started quickly or display on the projector/TV for students to see.
Student Assessment... what have students learned and how do I know?
Google Forms are my "go-to" for cognitive assessments. The ability to create a short 3-5 question quiz or survey that takes students 1-2 minutes to complete is awesome! Each question is *required, so students can't submit it until all questions are answered. The great thing about it is that all student answers are immediately sent to a corresponding response spreadsheet upon submission. I type in the correct responses at the top of the sheet, run a Google add-on called Flubaroo, and it grades the entire class's responses in seconds!
An automated student response system using specialized Plicker cards. Class lists are uploaded and each student is assigned a Plicker card number. Question is given and students hold the card up in the air in different orientations depending on their answer. Cards are then scanned using the camera on an iPad or iPhone. Responses are instantly recorded and can be displayed using a projector. This is a great way to quickly assess whether students have the cognitive understanding of a particular concept or skill.
Coach's Eye has been my "go-to" app for video analysis. I'm able to take short video clips of students performing various skills and then slow them down to look for component parts which we call "critical cues" or "essential elements." I then analyze the students' quality of movement against a rubric so I can see how they compare to the standard or grade level outcome.
Vidalyze is another video analysis tool I've experimented with. You can video students on the iPad and upload directly to your online account to analyze or set up student accounts for them to analyze themselves. This is a great because this all takes place online in your web browser as opposed to on the app only.
This is a great app that you can use on the iPad and setup on a tripod. You set it to record and then play back on a delay. This way students can perform a skill or movement in front of the camera and then walk over to the iPad to watch/critique their form while the camera is recording the next student. The great thing is that students don't have to touch the iPad, it just runs on a continuous loop of recording and playback based on how many seconds you set the delay. You can even view multiple students in multiple screens! Great feedback tool.
Three Ring is a digital portfolio for desktop & mobile devices that can capture videos, photos, documents, or audio to help document student learning. These portfolios can be shared with parents to showcase student progress throughout the school year. The tagging feature makes skills and concepts easy to tag and attach to specific individuals or groups of students.
Cloud Storage... Got to have access to all my data on all my devices wherever I go.
No matter how you choose to store your data, make sure you have it accessible in the cloud to quickly access it from anywhere with an internet connection! I use these apps to store and organize all kinds of content - files, docs, pictures, web links, ideas, etc...
Social Media... I use social media for Professional Development (keeping up on the latest trends in Physical Education)
Voxer has been the best professional development experience for me hands down since I started using it in the fall of 2014. There are dozens of #VoxerPE chat groups for anything and everything you're interested in. I've been a part of rich discussions, excellent collaboration projects and access to a whole community of Phys Ed teachers that are striving to be the best they can every day! This sharing, sparking of ideas, and the positive relationships with people I've added to my #PLN are unmatched.
Twitter is another staple social media app you should be on for connecting with people and sharing content. Although limited to 140 characters, you can still find lots of great stuff on Twitter. To make the most out of your experience, I would recommend you take the 14-day Twitter challenge to get started!
Other apps that I use less frequently to help stay connected and gain professional development include: