Comic life meets coach my video for an analysis story

Having an iPad in PE is beginning to make anything possible, and things that were once an arduous task are now simple and most importantly fun!

I have spent the last couple of weeks following people’s advice on which of the many analysis apps to use (and free ones where possible) and as most people on twitter know…I am addicted to transforming every part of the world into comic life.

This post describes the merging of the 2 mediums, and how they can be applied to the practical element of PE.

It was a year 9 mixed ability group, part way through their athletics scheme of work and their weekly focus was on the discus. The first lesson involved teacher and student led teaching, during which every student was recorded using the “coach my video” app. The students then watched their performances back and annotated the video, taking still pictures of certain aspects of the technique.

For the first time, they loved being filmed…and I put this down to the fact that it was with the iPad! Also the possibility of instantly annotating and choosing their own stills, rather than having to take them away to print or download etc brought an enthusiasm to the analysis process.

Between the 2 lessons I made a comic story for each student using the stills with annotations they had chosen. On each square was space for the student to comment on their technique.



Before the students embarked on this process, we as a class reflected on the perfect model, with key words and still pictures of each phase of the throw displayed on the board.

The results were great, students showed improved understanding and a higher quality of written feedback. They loved the concept of the comic and as a class decided that they should laminate all the sheets and have it as a class comic. This comic was then shown to their friends, who now all want to do the same thing in their lesson! Even whilst I was prepping the comic pages in my office,I had students asking “when are we doing this”….so all I would say is give it a go! The construction of the comic looks like it would take a long time, but it took under an hour to create all the comic pages for the whole class.

Can’t wait for the class set of iPads so they can create the comics themselves!


Solo learning with sports psychology

This week the fusion of solo and iPad took place. It was a year 10 BTEC group who had previously done one introductory lesson on psychological factors that effect sports performance. The learning objectives were shared on the interactive whiteboard…then the fun began.

The task was explained using a photo babbled inverted u theory that spoke to the students.


It is here I must apologise for not having video upload facilities on this blog. The first mouth asked the students to work as a group writing down as many words related to the inverted u graph on a sheet of paper with the graph on.

The next mouth asked them to explain the different points of the graph, specifically linking their ideas to performance.

The final mouth then asked them to research a famous sports performer and to apply the theory of the inverted u to their sports performance.

Each task was built up section by section on different pieces of paper that were then collated together as the task progressed.

Here are some examples of the work produced…





Central to the lesson was each students individual progress through the solo levels, while working within the group. Each student was given a learning evaluation which was referred to and filled in at the end of each task. The grid identified what levels of thinking and feedback were required by each task, giving examples of how they may achieve each level.


The students were able to see their progress as they evaluated their contribution to the group work. It also enthused students to get to extended abstract…must be the competitiveness of PE students coming out! Lol

This lesson is the 2nd of 3 lessons…next lesson they will write their final assessment pieces ( extended abstract). Each individual will be able to chose the skills and format they present their work in:
A poster or leaflet
A report (word document)
A photo able
A PowerPoint presentation

The results will be posted next time!

Comic life posters sell solo

We all know the key to solo learning is the students understanding the principles and layers of learning. After visiting Durham Teach Meet last week I began to use the comic life app to create visual displays for students to enhance their understanding of the solo principles…


It started generic with the poster above. As a department we have been successful in introducing solo into PE in gcse and btec theory but no work had been done linking it to practical. The next poster aims to display how the solo learning principles can be linked specifically to practical.


These posters have since started a competition amongst departments to see who can have the best solo instructional posters…one recommendation…get the comic life and design away!!

My world of PE has gone up in the ‘cloud’

I never thought the day would come that I started to blog, but the birth of teachers with iPads has opened a new world, of confusion -yes, of progress-definitely. Some background info…this time last week i had never had a touch screen phone, or one that could access the internet, i don’t have wireless and was happy running around training for hockey and volleyball. However this week have acquired myself an i phone and an ipad!!!!!!!

This blog is going to be my own attempt at logging  the progress of technology and solo taxonomy within my PE department at the Education Village. Follow uAton twitter @ev_sport

Happy reading!!!!!!!!