Last week we took a quick look into the future of Physical Education through the eyes of PE teacher Mark Bulmer. This week we had a chance to take a deeper look into what Mark is doing with Coach’s Eye video analysis in PE. Enjoy!

About Mark Bulmer

Mark Bulmer is a 25-year-old Physical Education teacher working at Rossett School, Harrogate, North Yorkshire UK. As a PE teacher, Mark stays active by; playing rugby, golf, badminton and keeping fit by running and going to the gym. He is extremely passionate about his job and introducing my students to the new technologies available to better their engagement in lessons.

“The Coach’s Eye app has revolutionized how I teach my lessons and give feedback to students. It has improved my teaching, relationship with students, engagement of students, how I deliver plenaries and how I plan my lessons. I tell everyone I meet about this app and I know it will grow to overtake other sporting analysis software.”

~Mark Bulmer, PE Teacher

Q & A with Mark Bulmer

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching 3 years at Rossett and even in my short teaching career, I have seen the school move from strength to strength in its use of technological strategies to make teaching and learning outstanding. Rossett is a large secondary school with approx 1500 students on roll from 11-19 years old. Rossett prides itself on Assessment for Learning (AFL) and has emerged as a lead school, using cutting edge technology to engage/enthuse students. Teaching staff is dedicated to the use of Twitter and Real Smart (Visual Learning Environment) for teaching/homework in addition to other technological tools, with future developments in the pipeline for iPads in the classroom.

How exactly are you using Coach’s Eye?

I am using Coach`s Eye to engage students and provide the opportunity for my students to peer assess/discuss strengths’ and areas for development in sporting performance. I first tried the App during a rugby lesson where I was teaching the key concepts of outwitting opponents. This has allowed me to teach my lesson on the field/all-weather pitch using Coach`s Eye on my iPhone 3GS and providing feedback to students on a larger computer screen/laptop at the end of the lesson through the use of Dropbox. This has proved a key teaching tool which allows for an excellent plenary at the end of the lesson and assists with future lesson planning.

Coach’s Eye is great to use for PE lessons/BTEC/GCSE/A level lessons – where analyzing performance is a key element of the course.

How does video analysis fit into your lessons?

I start lessons with a skill-based warm up with students before delivering our lesson objectives for the lesson. Students are then aware of the theme of the lesson. I then use progressive skills practices where students can practice the skill in isolation from the game/match situation. I then try to build on the skill before students take part in conditioned games/activities. I then use Coach`s Eye to film games before  providing feedback on students performance, this can be in a constructive form where I focus on their areas for development or praising students for something they have done well showing the aesthetic appreciation of the skill. I can then use the video footage taken in the lesson as part of a plenary in the changing rooms where students can sit and watch their performance (very popular).

How difficult was it to incorporate Coach’s Eye?

I have found Coach`s Eye really easy to implement in lessons and I have even asked students to film, review and provide commentary on their own/peers sporting performance. The App is very easy to install/use and the online tutorials/guidance are really helpful for getting going. The recent update has allowed sharing reviewed footage much more accessible and usable. This has provided instant feedback on how students can improve their sporting skills as well as acknowledging good skills in sporting performance.

How are your students using video analysis with Coach’s Eye?

Students were provided with a quick demonstration of both how to use the app and how to provide feedback. Students were then left to film each other, review the footage and provide feedback. Additionally, I have used the app during the lesson and using the share features made available through the latest update of Coach`s Eye, I can now email/tweet or use drop box to share the footage. This has worked really well when teaching students, reviewing footage and then watching on a laptop in the changing rooms as a plenary.

How have the students responded to video review?

The response from students has been brilliant, all classes seem very keen to use the app and a lot of students have even downloaded the app on their own phones. Students are really keen to be filmed performing and skill and receive feedback and watch their performance. This has enabled me to create a teaching environment where students can take constructive criticism and aim to improve their sporting performance in a positive setting.

Are you seeing improvement in your students’ performance/skills?

Students found watching their own performance fun and engaging and liked getting feedback on how to improve. This led to improved students performance/motivation and behavior in the lesson. Reviewing with video doesn’t just acknowledge the areas for development it also reviews good sporting performance.

I feel students are more aware of how they can improve their skills through seeing what’s going well and what’s going not so well. For example, one student in a rugby lesson didn’t understand why it is important to draw (fix) a defender before passing the rugby to a partner in space. Another student needed some support on improving his defending in football so through watching their own footage, students could then see which tactic/strategy to use when defending to be the most effective.

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