This week saw the launch of a great collection of lesson ideas direct from Apple Distinguished Educators around the world. The idea behind these courses is to give learners more independence in their studies and to support them in every aspect of the learning process. The courses provide a structure for students but allow them to discover the solutions to problems for themselves, in their own way. The days of just getting them to memorise information should be well behind us!
I was excited to have one of my courses selected to be part of this collection. Organic PE is a challenge based idea towards the delivery of PE. Instead of students simply learning skills and drills and then copying them, it flips the concept around so that students have the sporting problem to solve and then work out the skills required for themselves.
Well in most sessions you can spend the whole time going through drills in an isolated fashion, but as soon as you put those skills into a game situation the drills don’t really help. They may know what the skill is that they need but they have learnt it in such a way that it is difficult to adapt it to the challenges in an ever changing game. How do they overcome the pressure that they feel towards the end of a game? What would they do if they were losing with only minutes to go? These problems need adaptability, so this course is set up to look at the problem first then find the skills required to overcome them. That way students are starting out thinking for themselves.
If you want to take a look and try it out the course in iTunes U is based around Basketball and shows how the iPad can support the students in creating drills, sharing ideas and solving problems,
There is also a teacher guide to Organic PE and if you want to take a look at that you can access it on an iPad using this link.
Whilst you are on iTunes U I urge you to take a look at all the other courses made by ADEs, they are all fantastic resources and really take learning in a new direction.