QR Codes & How to Use Them

Teachers these days need an easy way to incorporate technology into their classrooms. One of the easiest ways to do this is with QR codes.

What is a QR code you may ask. It is in basic terms a bar code just like you would see at the market. QR codes are usually square instead of rectangular.

A QR code can hold all types of information. It can hold website links, pictures, and text just to name a few.

In this video we discuss how to make a QR code on www.qr-code-generator.com and I give you QR codes you can scan to give you over 60 different ways to use them in your class.



Podcasting in the Classroom

Did you hear that? I so want to try this in my classes…

As an educator I’m always trying to find new ways to assess students. I want the assessment to be as stress free, relevant, and streamlined as possible. So, I’ve been thinking about assessing in smaller chunks. Who says that you have to give students a lot of information and then test them at the end of a big unit?

I know some students share their learning best by writing, drawing, rapping, or singing. I think that there are also some students who can relate what they know best by speaking.

So, how do I let the students who present knowledge better by speaking show what they know without having to do class presentations all of the time? It takes to long a lot of times to put together a video. How can I listen to and assess their learning when it’s good for me?

podcast-imagePODCASTS!! Yeah, that’s what I can do. So how do I make this happen? Is there an app I can use? How will the students get their recordings to me? Questions, questions, questions!

Here’s one of my ideas.

When I get so far into a topic I will give students options on how they would like to be assessed. For those who are better speakers and choose podcasting I will have my iPad mini available with earbuds for the microphone (to help cut out some of the background noise), a partial script that every student will use to introduce themselves, and questions for them to answer.

During class I will let speakers leave the activity one or two at a time to go to the iPad and make their podcast. They will login to their Google Drive and upload the audio file to Google Drive then attach the link of the audio file into Google Classroom.

I have also been toying with the idea of having my students create blogs with Blogger or websites with Google Sites for their sportfolios. If I have them do this they could very easily take the audio file and link it to their blog or Google Site.

I found an amazing FREE podcasting app called Boss Jock Jr. that I will have the students use.

I will have to teach them how to use Boss Jock Jr.Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 4.17.27 PM I will  also have to show them how to find the audio file, and how to upload it to Google Drive, then link it to their blog, website, or submit it into Google classroom.  Easy enough I will just make a video that they can easily follow the step from.

Hey, I can do that for you too. I will upload a video to  my YouTube channel that you can use with your students.

I think giving the students the ability to do this will be easier for them to show their learning and make it more convenient to assess what they have learned.

If you have any other great ideas on how to use podcasting in your classroom make sure to share in the comments. I really want to know what you think!

For another example of podcasting in the classroom check out The Next Book on your student’s reading list…and how to build a podcast around it. This is from the TED-Ed Blog by Laura McClurg. It shows a great way to really get students engaged in a new form of learning and assessing.

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body come Together!


Really?! Not Again!

It’s been a really long time since I thought this…

Where I Came From

you are here15 years ago teaching in a Catholic school in Missouri. 100% parent participation. Absolutely no behavior problems. Seeing real learning taking place.

This was all before the world became small with social media. I was big headed enough to believe I was the best physical education teacher in the world. Pretty arrogant, huh?

I’ve grown up since then and have found out what the difference is between good and great teaching. I put myself at the bottom of the good category watching and learning from all those great teachers on Twitter and Voxer.


What have I learned over the years?

  1. Don’t get too big for your britches – someone will always put you in your place.
  2. Work with others (virtually or in person) is better than working by yourself.
  3. Never quit learning – if you’re not going forward you are going backward.
  4. The world is bigger than you do something that will impact the life of another.
  5. Always search for truth and live by it


I’ve discovered that I’m not making my teaching real for my students. I use all these wonderful models in my classes. Things like TGfU, Sport Ed Model, SOLO Taxonomy, and others. Students are learning, but are they making the connection to life. Am I really doing justice for my students?

My students can tell me what I want them to know, but are they applying it to there life? Will they remember what they learned after they leave my class?

These thoughts make me want to change what I am doing again. Like I did about 5 years ago.


IMG_0014Well most of you don’t know this. My wife, Shannon, is getting her teaching credential to become a physical education teacher. Every once in awhile she’ll ask for advice on one of her college assignments. I’ll do the best I can to help her out.

So, one thing I’ve made sure to do is to introduce her to the TGfU model. After know her for 25 years I knew that this would be very beneficial for her style of teaching. She has taught before, just not in the public school setting.

The first thing I did was to show her the #physedagogy video with Mel Hamada teaching about TGfU. If you haven’t watched it yet you should. It will change how you teach.

Shannon wrote a very detailed lesson plan for one of her classes. She based the lesson off of what she learned from Mel’s video plus added some of her own creative activities to the lesson. I was probably the best lesson I’ve ever seen that connect what we do in the gym to real life.


How have I not seen how to do this in my own teaching? I’ve only been doing this thing for 20 years.

This summer is going to be busy with changing pretty much everything I do. My goal is to make sure I put my students first, not fancy teaching models or technology or new fangled assessment methods.



The Professional Thief

You won’t believe what I stole…

When I was 11 or 12 years old my step-brother and I were in a grocery store near the apartment where we lived. I can’t remember the reason for going there, but he dared me to take something. I didn’t really want to, but he was really pressuring me.

So, I thought to myself, “How am I going to do this”? I noticed I had sweat pants on and we were in the hygiene isle. I looked around and grabbed a bar of soap and dropped it down the leg of my sweat pants. I knew it wouldn’t fall out because of the elastic at the bottom.

I couldn’t get out of the store quick enough. Looking back I still can’t believe I did this, but I just had to come clean with you.

What does this have to do with education? Let’s take a look.

Over the past few months I’ve come to find that I’m different than those I try to emulate my teaching after. I try to create the awesome lesson ideas that they do and I find that I get very frustrated with myself.

It’s easy to get frustrated when you compare yourself to those you look up to. You need to remember that you have a special gift that is only yours. Find out what that is and run with it. You will be happier and your students will benefit.

The people I enjoy following on Twitter and reading their blogs are the “rock stars” of the profession right now:

andy vasily 2     jo bailey 2     adam llevo 2     joey feith 2     nathan horne 2

Andy Vasily                Jo Bailey                Adam Llevo             Joey Feith             Nathan Horne

These people are innovators and creators in the physical education world. I admire them for what they are doing!

I’ve discovered though that I may be the best thief in physical education. You see, I don’t necessarily conceive new innovative, creative, awe inspiring teaching methods, lesson ideas, or tech tricks, but I can implement like nobodies business  and get others to do the same.

Look at what I have stolen:


    • character education cards from Andy Vasily


    • Jo Bailey encouraged me to become a Google Certified educator


    • Adam Llevo inspired me to actually implement SOLO Taxonomy and some tech ideas into my arsenal of tools


    • Joey Feith introduced me to Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)


  • My questioning ability has greatly improved by listening to Nathan Horne.

I’ve become more bold over the last two years because of the influence of these great educators.

In the first semester of this school year I have:

1. provided professional development to my department
 a. We no longer grade according to dressing out, participation, and behavior.
 b. We have started using standards based instruction and grading.
 c. We plan together.
 d. We waist no time in class since we started using instant activities in class.
2. provided professional development to my entire school staff
 a. Google Classroom introduction
 b. I was able to show the benefit of student led conferences and we will be using this model school wide in the spring.

So, what am I trying to say?

There is more than one way to be an effective teacher. You can create, innovate, imitate, or even misappropriate.

The most important thing is that you find the style that works for you and you do what’s best for your students. You can’t go wrong with that.

Have you been an idea thief before?

Let us know in the comments what you “stole”. If you know someone who has “stolen” a resource or an idea share this with them to get them involved in the conversation.

I always teach that the comments is where the real learning takes place.

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!