No audio with this one – but it is packed full of exciting links!  I’m presenting at the above conference later this week and have attached pdf versions of the slides that I’m using.  I’ll do a voice-over at a later stage – but you’ll get the rough idea of what I’m presenting!?  Obviously, you wont get to see the embedded video clips or the funky transitions, sorry!


The future looks grim! According to Middleton (2010), “there is an epidemic of educational failure and disengagement in New Zealand.” Generation Y, our current clientele, have been described as lacking communication, basic math and writing skills and even critical thinking. These “Millennials” are stereotypically lazy, spoilt and demanding. Juxtapose all this doom with what’s happening on the internet and the future is positively blooming! Social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have exploded into life over the last 5 years and our adolescents just can’t get enough; 73% of “wired teens” log-on to them daily (the same Gen-Y students that we as educators are struggling to motivate and engage in the classroom?!).

In this session, I will argue that the way our students’ learn has changed over the last two decades. Unfortunately, the way we teach them hasn’t. Could tapping into their love of social media be the solution? I’ll explore the challenges and benefits of using social media in education, the superb synergy between social media and the New Zealand Curriculum, and then finally leave you all with a challenge!

Below is a pdf version of my presentation and also some great resources!:


The new iPad 2: I thought it was just a fancy toy? Podcasts: Downloading PE lessons from the iTunes store? Twitter: It’s far more useful than just finding out what Richie McCaw had for breakfast! For the last year I’ve made a conscious effort to embrace some of the new technologies available to our students and explore what value they can add to physical education. By using these technologies and integrating them into our teaching and learning programs, students have been more engaged in their learning. Student voice tells us that physical education at Pakuranga College has the “cool” factor! In this session I will focus on three technologies; the new iPad 2, podcasting and Twitter. I’ll show you in detail how each of these have been used in a physical education context and also the feedback received from students.

We’ll explore:

*  Some of the Apps that can be used with the iPad 2 and NCEA PE 

*  How to create and submit audio/video lessons to iTunes for students to download 

*  How using Twitter can really connect you with your students 

*  How, using Twitter, you can receive the best PD every day for FREE! 

Here’s the pdf version of my presentation:

Digital Technologies Presentation



  • Vital Signs App
  • US iTunes account

Vital Signs App  – NZ$1.29

 Just a very short blog today on a new app I found in the iTunes store – Philips Vital Signs Camera.  I love this app – it’s awesome and very clever.  Just by looking at your iPad 2, this app will calculate your pulse (based on the blood flow in your face!) and also your breathing rate (based on the movement of your chest).  It’s a must – go check it out!

Vital Signs Camera is the only App that measures your heart rate and breathing rate remotely, simply using the camera of your iPad 2! Try it out now and experience another amazing innovation by Philips!


The Vital Signs Camera App of Philips measures your heart rate and breathing rate using advanced software and the camera of your iPad 2. This breakthrough technology allows you to measure your vital signs in an easy and unobtrusive way at home*.

• Measures your heart rate just from the color for your face!
• Measures your breathing rate by analyzing the motion of your chest!
• No need to hold or touch the iPad 2.
• Share screenshots of your results online!TIPS: 
1) Place the iPad 2 on a table.
2) Position your face inside the marked area.
3) Sit still and quiet during the measurement.

* The Vital Signs Camera App for iPad 2 is not intended for diagnosis or for clinical measurements, monitoring or decision making for entertainment purposes only.


  • Setting up multiple iPads
  • Enabling restrictions
  • Creating an iTunes account (without a credit card)
  • Adding an email account
  • What students should know….

In this episode I’ll quickly talk you through how we’ve set-up 10 iPads for shared use in the classroom.  It is important to note that these are a shared resource, kept in a central location and owned by an educational establishment.

The logistics of setting them up was a little time consuming at first (especially updating 10 devices to iOS5 – much fun!).  Now that they are set up, it’s pretty easy and low maintenance to keep them going.  Listen in, and I’ll talk you through how and what we’ve done – and importantly the pitfalls and mistakes that we’ve made so far!

Below are screenshots of the apps that we are using in PE here at Pakuranga College – each has been set up identically the same as all the others;