How’s My Driving?

John Viau, Driver Educator, Bellows Free Academy Fairfax

Get behind the wheel with John Viau and you will quickly discover this isn’t your dad’s driver’s education class. John has been transforming his road-teaching methodology and entire classroom to put more self-aware drivers on the road each year.

The Setup – True Mobile Learning

Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax rolled out a one-to-one initiative throughout the school to improve student learning in the classroom. John originally looked at iPads as an opportunity to provide better instruction to students in his driver’s ed classes. He took a very literal approach to the concept of a “mobile” device and started using iPads in the car.

Mobile iPad Tripod Stand

In-Vehicle iPad Setup

John typically shows student drivers a skill, has them practice, then films them doing the skill. Each video clip is from 30 seconds to two minutes in length to allow students to focus on specific areas.

Replaying the videos on device was a good start, but John knew there had to be a better way for students to interact with videos. In his search for an app to help students evaluate their performance, John found Coach’s Eye. Bellows Free Academy Fairfax was then able to purchase copies of the app at a discount for all of the students in John’s driver’s ed classes through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.

The Homework

While the initial video review happens in the car, the real assignment happens after the student goes home. Students are tasked with the homework includes performing a self-assessment of their driving by creating an analysis video on their iPads with Coach’s Eye. Students review their driving performance with telestration tools, slow-motion review and audio narration. This allows John to understand the student’s POV of how they think they are doing. Parents can also review the students’ videos to see how their child is progressing and where they need additional practice.

Future Plans

John is going to continue to leverage mobile devices wherever he can, and has already presented his findings and advancements in drivers ed at inside BFA and at education conference. Next he plans to film driving routes ahead of time and review them with Coach’s Eye in the classroom, before students ever get behind the wheel.

John’s accomplishments have prompted Bellows Free Academy Fairfax to look into using video analysis in other subjects and classes by installing the Coach’s Eye app on every student’s iPad.

john-viauAbout John Viau

John Viau has been teaching drivers education for ten years. John was rewarded for his efforts in 2014 by winning VDTSEA Teacher of the Year for Vermont. He also was one of three educators selected for the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) Teacher Excellence Award for his innovative teaching strategies.

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Coach’s Eye 4.5.2 Update for iOS

Coach’s Eye 4.5.2 is now available with enhancements and fixes for iOS 8 and the new Apple iPhones. Update now!

Record and Analyze Videos at 240 FPS

Coach’s Eye now has the ability to record videos at 240 FPS on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. All Apple devices can import and analyze videos that were filmed at 240 FPS in the current version of Coach’s Eye.

Coach’s Eye 4.5.2 Update

Having problems with Coach’s Eye after the iOS 8 upgrade?

We have heard from some customers that have run into Restricted Camera Access or Missing In-App Purchases after they updated to iOS 8. We created a tutorial to help with some of the problems you may be facing after upgrading to iOS 8 or a new version of Coach’s Eye.

Coach’s Eye and iOS 8 Tutorials

Please be sure to take a look at the iOS 8 tutorial and let us know if you are still having problems. Unfortunately, we can’t respond to any comments or questions that are left in App Store reviews.

Coach’s Eye Support and Feedback

Big THANK YOU to all the Coach’s Eye customers that support the app and our team every day! We couldn’t do this without your passion and excitement for Coach’s Eye and your craft.


iOS 8 and Coach’s Eye Problems Solved

We appreciate and value every single Coach’s Eye customer and do our best to prepare for every new device and operating system version that comes our way. However, sometimes we get a few wicked curveballs when we are expecting a fastball down the center of the plate. iOS 8 has thrown some dirty pitches at us, but we stood in there and got the ball in play. Now for the details and result of the baseball analogy. We created some tutorials that should help you with some of the recent issues that you may have faced with Coach’s Eye and iOS 8.

Camera Access and Privacy Settings

Many of you may feel like you lost the ability to record videos with Coach’s Eye after upgrading to iOS 8. Don’t worry, you can still record videos with the app by giving permission in your settings. iOS 8 introduced a new privacy setting for apps that want to use the device camera. This applies to all new iOS 8 users, even if you have previously used the Coach’s Eye camera. The tutorial below shows you where to find the camera access setting.

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Camera Access in Coach’s Eye

Lost In-App Purchases

Did you have your Coach’s Eye in-app purchases disappear after you updated to iOS 8 or a newer version of the app? When you update your operating system, update Coach’s Eye, or are looking for the tools on another device that you use with the same account, you will need to restore your In-App Purchases. The screenshot below shows you how to get your tools back

Restoring Coach's Eye Purchases

Restoring Coach’s Eye Purchases

Recording video at 240 FPS on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Coach’s Eye wasn’t able to take advantage of the fancy new camera in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when they were made publicly available. In fact, new device owners were only presented with the option of 30 FPS. We immediately made adjustments in the app to allow new phone owners to capture a remarkable 240 FPS and have an update available! Make sure you update Coach’s Eye 4.5.2 in the App Store to take advantage of this new functionality.

Video: 240 FPS on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Coach’s Eye 4.5.2 Update

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any issues with the app and iOS 8 that aren’t covered above.

Thank you to all the Coach’s Eye customers that support us and the app every day! We couldn’t do this without your passion and excitement for the app and your craft. Don’t forget to leave us a review in the App Store if you feel like we are doing a good job with the app. It definitely helps to boost the team that is working on this every day and night.

Coach’s Eye for Windows Phone Now Available!

We are happy to introduce Windows Phone as the newest member of the Coach’s Eye family! The team has been working day and night to bring core Coach’s Eye functionality to new devices worldwide. Our plan is to continue to add more of the great features we have in our other versions very soon. In the meantime, check it out and let us know what you think.

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Coach’s Eye for Windows Phone

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Training and Improving with Video Analysis

Video Review Beyond the Sports World

Most think that video review and analysis is something that should only be used in the sports world by broadcasters and coaches breaking down plays. Over the past few years we have seen quite a few people outside of the sports world using Coach’s Eye to speed up training processes and feedback loops with video instruction. Below are a few of our favorite examples of video being used as a powerful tool to aid in the learning process.

Training and Improving with Video Analysis

Monitor Manufacturing Process

Take a closer look at how your equipment is operating or your assembly line is running.

Improve Client Communication

Video makes it easier for you to share your vision with customers that may not be able to see it. Help keep clients happy with a quick walkthrough.

Slow-Motion Review of Experiments

Review experiments in slow motion to identify, and explain, key moments. Think about all of the learning moments that can be replayed in slow motion.

Driving Course Work

Make on-the-spot corrections to people, equipment or the environment by filming video and instantly assessing the results.

Robot Performance Assessment

This team is putting their new robotic friend through a quick test. How will it do?

Friendly Family Competition

Okay, maybe your family isn’t slinging around axes as fast as you can, but think about all of your family activities that would be fun to watch and review.

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iOS 8 the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ For Sports and Coach’s Eye


You may be wondering what all the hype is about with iOS 8, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6+. If you’re a Coach’s Eye customer, you’re also likely wondering what these devices can do for the wide world of sports. So let’s start by arming you with some knowledge about the most advanced devices to date. You’re entering the No Spin Zone….just kidding, that’s ridiculous. Here we go.

iOS 8

It’s Apple’s “Biggest iOS release ever!”, which is evident by the more than 5 GB of storage your device needs to update to the new operating system if you’re on an older device (5S and earlier). Storage requirement’s aside, here is the down and dirty on what iOS 8 brings to you.

Emphasis on creators -  The Photos app now boasts even more editing features to add a unique style to your everyday photography or the dreaded selfie. If you’re a Coach’s Eye customer you may be familiar with the “Gelfie”. These new tools make customization, organization and management easier and more fun. Pop culture slang is underrated.

Text Messages are no longer text messages - With the new messaging app you can now record a voice message. Is this the new way to communicate? We think there may be some validity in it. Anyhow, seems to be a very fresh new way to send through the messages app.

Shortcuts Galore - With even more ways to multi-task, iOS provides some new ways to get things done. Namely, interactive notifications and recently interacted contacts. Mainly these features allow you to stay in the app you’re using without jumping in and out constantly.

Get healthy…er…healthier. - The new Health app is the mobile activity monitor for your day to day life. Talk about some wicked technology. Heart rate monitor, body measurements, nutrition, sleep, vitals, all of the health things all in one! We’ll see how this plays out, but there are sure to be some very cool apps that come from this.

iPhone 6+

The iPhone 6+ is like Texas. Bigger, hugely better, bigger than big. At least that’s what Apple’s advertisements for their latest iPhone’s are saying. Now that we have one in our hand, we can honestly say it is Big! Here are our favorite things, and what these things mean if you’re a Coach’s Eye customer.

Camera of Course - Lead with the best thing, am I right? For photos, you simply can’t take a better picture on any mobile device. It’s simply the best (thank you for that one Tina). It boasts optical image stabilization, exposure control, improved auto focus, and a massive 8 megapixel iSight camera. Need to see what these photos look like? Check out this amazing post by photographer Austin Mann.

What this means: If you’re a Coach’s Eye customer, you know we work in the realm of sports video. The best thing about the new camera? 240 Frames per second. Yes, you read that right. 240 FRAMES PER SECOND. The flywheel just became even more awesome. Native recording in this format means you’ll get some of the best sports videos ever, right on your device.

The Display –  5.5″ LED backlight display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Wholly cannoli! That is one seriously big display. If you have big hands or fat fingers, this behemoth is for you. More over, you’ll be able to view content and see things clearly.

What this meansIn Coach’s Eye, you’ll be able to analyze your videos and not worry about missing any detail. Coupled with 240 FPS video, and a large HD screen, you have powerful sports broadcasting tools in the palm of your hand.

iPhone 6

Not much is different from the iPhone 6+. The smaller size makes it easier to handle. This is especially important if you’re trying to capture the action quickly. Overall the form factor is more favorable to people with medium to small hands.

The iPhone 6 does not have the optical image stabilization and has a slightly smaller display. At 4.7 inches, the iPhone 6 still has large display. Great for viewing and analyzing content.

Final Thoughts

There is always something awesome about new technology. We’re excited to experiment with some of the new thins iOS 8 allows us to do behind the scenes in Coach’s Eye. We’re even more excited to see what kind of awesome content you crank out with these new devices. The power is in your hands. We’ll keep pushing the limits of video analysis on all platforms. Stay frosty.

Back to School Preparation

Science Experiment-small

It’s that time of the year in the States when a lot of students and teachers are bracing for the impact that is the first day of school! This transition can be rough on everyone. We thought this would be a good time to ease the tension some by sharing just a few visual examples of how students and teachers are using Coach’s Eye to get back in the swing of things!

Marching Band Practice

Super Slow-Motion Ball Drop

Chemistry Experiment – Don’t try this at home!

Cheer Camps

Creating a football highlight reel!

As you can see, Coach’s Eye is a great way to compress the feedback loop for virtually any activity. What’s even better is that schools participating in Apple’s EDU Volume Purchase Program can get the app at half price and use it in numerous classrooms. At $2.49, you get Coach’s Eye for the price of a pack of dry erase markers!

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