Air server. If you’ve not been introduced to it, the technology involved comes in a variety of forms: chromecast, amazon fire stick etc.
Basically it allows for the screen on your device (IPad in my classroom) to be displayed on your big screen at the front of the classroom. The software required is installed onto your classroom PC, and the rest is really simple – once installed by the more technical minded in your school!
- Showing children’s work instantly and in good quality
- Filming elements of a lesson and being able to show it back to the class instantly
- Using apps on the iPad for whole class teaching
How do you use it? How could you use it?
Air Server in PE
This week was the first week I used the Air Server/Ipad combo in a PE lesson. It worked an absolute dream. I had planned my indoor athletics lesson (for year six) involving five different events:
- Shuttle Cock Throw
- Chest Push
- Vertical Jump
- Standing Long Jump
- Speed Bounce
I had already planned to use two iPads in the lesson (luckily my support had theirs with them as well). The plan was to allow the children to film each other taking part in the events, and then watch back for feedback and ways to improve.
However, twenty minutes before the lesson started I was informed Air Server was now operational in the school hall. This changed everything. After watching the examples in film form for the various events, we then had children demonstrate in real person.
We discussed the importance of constant feedback, and how using the correct technique in these events will result in an improved score.
All children have a personal best card for indoor athletics lessons, which they have been updated since year four. This allows them to see how they’ve improved over the years. I have found it has really motivated all abilities to want to improve and put more effort in to lessons.
After discussing the importance of quality feedback and discussions on how to get better, we introduced the iPads. We had them set up on the two throwing events. We placed ‘filming spots’ on the floor and discussed the best angles to film: make sure the feet and the head are all in the shot the whole time.
With a live stream to the massive projector in the hall, we recorded an attempt at the shuttle cock throw. Before watching it back, I asked for feedback for the child to improve – I got one suggestion ‘throw it harder’.
I then showed the film, in slow mo, pausing at certain points. I then asked for feedback again – the difference blew me away. I had every hand go up, with lots of suggestions.
‘She needs to make sure she doesn’t throw it like a dart’
‘She needs to make sure both feet remain on the ground’
‘Her body could be used to throw her weight behind the throw’
To mention a few.
As the class got on in their groups at the various stations, myself and my support walked around station to station offering advice and listening to the quality of discussion. There was a distinct increase in the quality of discussion and feedback in the groups using the ipads.
Every now and then, or if we noticed a particularly good example, we would stop the class and watch someone back on the big screen. We would discuss what they did really well, and what they could improve. It allowed the children to appreciate and notice themselves how important technique is, and how they can improve.
Every single child improved their personal best in one out of two of the throwing events. I cannot say for sure it was because of the iPad introduction, however I do know classes I’ve taught PE to using personal best cards (5 years) have never improved so much in a single lesson.
Some comments from the children afterwards:
‘Instead of someone just telling me what I could hangs, I could see it, I then understood how differently I was throwing it’
‘I had an argument with my friend because I said it was a foul throw, because he lifted his leg and he said it wasn’t. We watched the film back, I was right!’
‘Can we use this in every lesson?’
That last question is exactly what I was thinking. Obviously out on the field, we cannot watch, and then discuss, as a whole class what they could do to improve. However, we can look to changing the way we teach lessons inside and also perhaps allowing for the teaching of some lessons outside to be taught in the classroom to start with.
Yes video technology in sport has been used for years, and is valued. The use of the iPad and Air Server being installed in my school has allowed it to be instant, it’s allowed it to be efficient and simple.
That wasn’t an option to my school before, and the potential for it’s use across the curriculum is incredible. How would you use it? How do you use it?
I do not always have LSA support in my PE lessons, but have a child who requires 1-1 in PE lessons.