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Voxer: Instant PE Professional Development & Collaboration

Posted 1 year ago - by Michael Beringer

What is Voxer? 

Well simply put, it’s a walkie talkie app that lets you talk to anyone, anytime. All you need is the app, which can be downloaded for free on both iOS and Android devices. 

The app allows you to use voice, text, and photos in a group message. What’s great about this professional tool is that you can instantly communicate with Physical Education professionals from all over the world. Of course, there are upgrades that cost money, but the free subscription should get you what you need.  If you choose to upgrade, Voxer Pro is $3.99 a month or $29.00 a year and adds extras like larger group chats, share from Dropbox, increased storage, Walkie Talkie mode (instantly receive messages even when you’re not in the app) and downloading messages to your desktop or laptop.

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Learn more about Voxer on their Facebook or Twitter
 

Get started with Voxer in PE:

  1. Download the App and create a free account
    • Watch Jo Bailey’s (@LovePhyEd) YouTube Tutorial, #Physed Voxer Guide. She explains how to download the app and what you need to get started with this awesome professional development collaboration tool.
       
  2. Join PE Voxer groups
    • Find a list of great PE-related Voxer chats below or check out Mike Graham's (@pe4everykid) full list in the Google Doc, Physical Education Voxer Chat Groups
    • To join a group, just contact the administrator of the group on Voxer and let them know you’d like to be added. 
       

My Recommended PE Voxer Groups:

  • Adapted PE – Admin: mikegraham (Mike Graham)
  • Elementary PE Group – Admin: hbaert896 (Helena Baert)
  • Explain Everything – Admin: endli613 (Nick Endlich)
  • Field Day Chat – Admin: dcarne681 (Dave Carney)
  • Fitness Testing Chat – Admin: snelso9384 (Samantha Nelson)
  • Health Chat – Admin: jwamsl224 (Jenny Wamsley)
  • PE Technology Chat – Admin: bassett1976 (Matthew Bassett)
  • PE Large Group Classes – Admin: bpiril593 (Ben Pirillo)

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Why Should You Use Plickers in PE?

Posted 2 years ago - by Michael Beringer

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if all of our students had their own electronic device? 

If these devices aren’t available in your school then Plickers is definitely for you!

What are Plickers?

Plickers stands for “paper clickers.” They are 40 pre-made cards that let teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.

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Students are given or assigned a card to hold up to answer questions given by the teacher to check for understanding.

All the teacher has to do is scan the room with any IOS or Android device. Results are given instantly as to which students understand and which do not.  

The results can be shown for each individual student or you can have it show the overall percentage for the class.  

Get the pre-made Plickers cards for free! Or you can purchase a laminated set on Amazon for $20!

The Benefits of Plickers:

  • Easy to use
  • IOS- and Android-friendly (phone or tablet)
  • Totally free 
  • Infuses technology into your program
  • Quick and paper-less
  • Grades instantly – No grading at home
  • Allows you to plan questions ahead of time or on the fly
  • Great tool for pre-assessments, checks for understanding, polls, class surveys, and exit tickets
  • Free! (Print your free set)

 

Resources:

Check out the following tutorials for setting up and using Plickers!

  1. YouTube Plickers Tutorial by TeachPhysEd (Benjamin Pirillo)
  2. Plickers Blog Post by TeachPhysEd (Benjamin Pirillo)
  3. Plickers Blog Post by Phys. Ed. Review (Kevin Tiller)
  4. Plicker Questions Blog Post by Phys. Ed. Review (Kevin Tiller)

Check out my website, PE-4-Kids --- Movement Matters

See you on Twitter at @PEberingmx!

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Looking for P.E. Professional Development? Try Twitter!

Posted 2 years ago - by Michael Beringer

Looking for new professional development opportunities? What about a new activity or game idea? Maybe a place to connect with other Physical Education Teachers? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, it's time for you to check out Twitter! Learn how to join the P.E. Community on Twitter in 3 easy steps below.

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If you're anything like me, you're skeptical. You're probably thinking, "How can Twitter help me get new ideas on lesson planning, assessments, integration, classroom management, etc.?" Well, it certainly can! Twitter has a huge online Physical Education community. The internet allows us to collaborate with other P.E. Specialists like never before. We can now find fellow educators not just in our district, state, and nation, but globally with the use of social media, specifically Twitter.

As you probably know, finding professional development for the Physical Education professional can be difficult. When I first started teaching Physical Education over 16 years ago, all I had was books, district colleagues, and local workshops. Today the internet has made it easier than ever to improve your teaching. However, YOU have to want to improve your craft! 

 

3 Steps for Joining the P.E. Twitter Community:

  1.   Watch or read a short Twitter tutorial for getting started and creating an account. Check out these great tutorials!

  2. Connect with these awesome P.E. Twitter Professionals!


    Don't forget these guys too!

    • @GopherSport

    • ​​@physed_Pomeroy

    • @JoeyFeith

    • @bdovore7

    • @GHSaysRockChalk

    • @@pk_lv2teachpe

    • @JohnJonesPE

    • @LovephyEd

  3. Start tweeting!! See you on Twitter at @PEberingmx!

 

Visit my website, PE-4-Kids--- Movement Matters! 

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