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Digital Story telling


Path to my Digital story- Y:\ES_Shared\Faculty-shared\Digital Story


Digital Story

My ‘digital story’ is about dehydration during physical education class. Students have not been serious about drinking water during P E class. When given a water break, some students don’t want a brake because they want to keep playing. Also, ‘I am not thirsty’ is very common, we hear a lot from students.

Making a digital story is the assignment required for the Coetail course. After thinking on this, I decided that my digital story will be based on ‘dehydration and physical education’.

I recently had the experience of presentation Zen with my students at the beginning of our swimming unit. I explained the pool rules by using Presentation Zen. I was very impressed that students learned most of it very easily and retained for longer time.

Keeping in mind that students learn quicker and better by visual literacy aids, I made up my mind to work on digital story about dehydration and physical education. Initially, I found it a bit frustrating, but, soon I got better in it as I kept asking people around me, who are better in this area.

I made this story by using my digital camera, window movie maker and audacity for the sound in it. The size of frame (recording) seems to be larger 1920×1080 which did not match with the software. I have started sharing information on this with people around. Next time it is going to be better than this one.


Visual literacy


Path to my Digital story- Y:\ES_Shared\Faculty-shared\Dimgital Story

Visual literacy

I have reached at a point where I look for the opportunities to use the technology knowledge which would enhance the learning of my students.  I was not sure how to use these in my classes earlier, but now it is different, I feel comfortable using these tech tools in my classes and found them very useful and interactive.

Technology, like anything new that we learn requires some time to get used to and integrate it into our routine activities. When we are learning to drive, first time we hesitate and feel less confident as we keep at it we become more comfortable until driving comes to us almost as naturally as walking.  Similarly, after attending three Coetail courses, I am finding it very useful and informative to use for my students and I am getting comfortable with its use in my classes.

Visuals literacy is very powerful method of communication, there is a saying that “a picture is worth a hundreds of words”; or a picture speaks louder than text , despite of the efforts it took in the beginning I have enjoyed working on this. Using six essential aptitudes, as mentioned by Daniel Pink, gives us a true picture of what it should look like.  I am sure it will prove to be a powerful tool to be used in class.

As mentioned in Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation design “The power of learning” Visuals that surprise people, touch them, delight them, and support your story are best because they affect people in an emotional way. People are more likely to remember your content in the form of stories and examples, and they are also more likely to remember your content if your visuals are unique, powerful and of the highest quality. Yes, a 60-second TV spot promoting tourism is quite different from a 30-minute live conference presentation.

Each assignment and project assigned to us under this course was very engaging and promoted learning through understanding.  As a result of I find myself becoming more comfortable, creative and knowledgeable.

I would also like to mention from the same reading what makes some images so powerful and others unremarkable?  The “rule of thirds” says that images (video scenes, etc.) may appear more interesting, engaging, dynamic, compelling, etc. if the subject is not placed in the center. Of course dead center is where beginning photographers or novice videographers tend to put their subject.  If you try moving your subject away from the center, however, perhaps nearer to one of what are called “power points” (where the gridlines intersect), you can create a more powerful or interesting visual by creating a bit of tension or even drama.  I used to have my subject in the center but now I have started using principles of presentation and I can see the improvement.  I applied this rule of third in my digital story and it is much better than earlier pictures.

In my Presentation Zen , my topic was “safety” at the swimming pool, I tried to use informative visuals for the presentation, as a result of which the presentation turned out to be very informative.  This, I am sure, would not have been possible without these visuals for these young elementary school students.  From my experience I confidently suggest that use of visual literacy tools would be very useful in physical education classes.

During the first class, the focus was on principles of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity (C.R.A.P) and we also learned the techniques used by websites such as headlines draw eyes before pictures, multimedia works well than text and people scan left side of a list of headlines. This helped me to understand how one can create engaging graphics. Based on this knowledge, I worked on my first ever info graphic on the topic “Do’s and Don’ts in physical education class”.  As per the feedback provided by the students, they found it informative and interesting.

Understanding presentation design and the efficacy of visual presentations in communicating a message was the topic discussed in our second class.  In this class a number of facts were revealed e.g.  Humans understand images 60,000 times faster than text, visual aids have been found to improve learning up to 400 percent, which, I have experienced in my swimming classes; students remembered most of what was shown to them more than three weeks ago.  These facts helped to understand the importance and effectiveness of visual presentations.

I am doubtful regarding the use of Pecha Kucha presentation for my lower elementary school students.  As I feel it would be hard for them to understand the content in 20 x 20 seconds format.  Although I am sure these could be used for the older students.

Digital Story is another way of teaching through visual literacy, the tool I used in making my digital story was window movie maker and cyber link power director , I used it for the first time and feel so happy that I was able to use it.  I am very excited to be using these presentations

I realise that I was so nervous earlier especially while describing the do’s and don’ts of presentation skills, while presenting in front of my colleagues in class. But as we tell our students as PE teachers,  we also learn when we lose a game; I also took this as an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Finally, I would like to thank Gary and Dana for teaching these classes and familiarizing us with the use of these technologies to improve the quality of our classes.  I am sure I would be able to use the skills acquired during these courses and make my classes more engaging and interactive for the students.



Pecha Kucha Presentation

( Pecha kucha Presentation )

Pecha Kucha-AK,Monika, Atul final

It was a wonderful experience when I was trying to find technology tools which could be used as aids in physical education classes. I am more than happy to use these in my PE classes, as I find them very informative, accurate and motivating for the students.

During Coetail course 3 we learnt different types of presentations and I find all these very useful and knowledge enhancing. I have used Infographic and Zen presentation in my classes and noted that students enjoyed these and were engaged during the presentation. They were able to recall most of it even after three weeks. Pecha Kucha is a presentation where we have 20 images X 20 seconds for each image and the total presentation would finish in 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  I am not very sure to use  Pecha Kucha presentation for my little ones in elementary school.

I am convinced that as Physical education teachers, we must use these technology tools to upgrade the teaching and learning in class.

Finally, I strongly feel that the one who use 21st century technology tools will be valued more than ever.

Thanks to Gary and Dana for these teaching these to us.

Zen Presentation

Assignment 2 of course

Presentation Zen

Presently I am involved with a swimming unit for all my classes. At the beginning of the unit, we spend a lot of time talking about the safety issues. During Coetail course 3 we learned about the Zen presentation, which, proved to be very informative and helpful when I shared it with my students at the pool. The presentation was visual with little text in it, that kept students engaged throughout and ensured better understanding.

There was a remarkable improvement in their learning about the issue of safety at a swimming pool. I was surprised to hear the answer of kindergartners, who remembered about 80% of what was shared about three weeks ago.

When I presented this to my colleagues, I was very nervous initially, but, I was able to overcome that phase soon, I think, it happens with most of us, we do better and improve at every practice. I will make sure I address this weakness by having practices.

When I was reading from “a whole new way of presenting” I like what Dan Pink said ‘we are living in a different era, a different age. An age in which those who “think different” may be valued even more than ever.

I also liked the six fundamental aptitudes outlined by Pink which are Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play and Meaning. Use of these will definitely bring a huge change in understanding of the students.

Do’s and Don’ts in Physical Education.

Do’s and Don’ts in Physical Education


Assignment 1 of Coetai course 3

During our Coetail course 3, we were given an assignment to create an infographic, which would be used during class.

Being teachers and parents, all of us deal with children and their safety is a prime concern. I feel it is our responsibility to ensure the safety of the children in order to provide them with a conducive environment for growth and developing their confidence. Therefore, Safety: Do’s and Don’ts in physical education class is the topic addressing in my infographic. Also, I would like to mention that the simple poster That I had been using did not succeed in conveying the message to students who are less than 11 years old (elementary school children)

The infographic depicts various do’s and don’ts in a physical education class. Snake and ladder is a game that all of us must have played, I used to play this game about 45 years ago and I still remember it. So, I decided to use it for as infographic for my class. My understanding about infographic is to make complex data in a visually stimulating format, which get a lot of attention and helps to provide large amount on knowledge, which can be difficult to project using only words.

When I used it in my class, it was evident that students liked it as they were learning these rules by playing a game of snake and ladder. Snake bites, when you don’t follow the rule and the ladder will take you higher, when you follow the rule. During my swimming unit, I used it for the students who were either sick or forgot to bring their bathing suit.

I am absolutely positive that Infographic would be a great tool to use in Physical Education classes, which will enhance the knowledge and performance of the students.

Assignment no. 5 of Coetail course 2




Bullying at school and other places of social interaction is not new. Many children face it in varying degrees at school, gym, park etc. Another even more destructive type of bullying is the online bullying that many children now face. The increasing popularity of social networking sites and internet chat rooms have made a number of children vulnerable to this form of bullying as well. The repercussions of online bullying are even more dangerous. As per www.stopcyberbullying.orgCyber bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber stalking. Adult cyber-harassment or cyber stalking is NEVER called cyber bullying.


When bullying comes home via the Internet it can leave the victims feeling helpless and overwhelmed and might have other unpleasant effects on the child. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parents and educators to ensure that every child is oriented on the issue of online safety. I agree to what most parents feel in article “When dad banned text messaging”. Being a father to two grown up children, I have often observed that both my daughter and son use internet and mobile phone technology to stay in constant touch with their friends. For them texting and online messaging is almost a form of language now .Like many children of their age they have become extremely dependent on these devices for social communication.  It used to leave me irritated when my daughter would spend most of her time with her cell phone but now I try and explain her the issues it might involve with more patience than before.



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The website  is very informative. I found the following points particularly relevant for understanding cyberbullying and helping children as parents and educators to create awareness about it.

Understanding Cyber bullying:

It can be seen as sending unwanted material, doubtable picture to us, displaying our personal information without our consent, torturing or rather blackmailing someone to reveal some kind of personal information.

How can we help children?

  1. Parents and teachers should immediately talk about this issue and hence make it a topic for open discussion. If we are with our children, they will feel secure in whatever step they take.
  2. Hence we should make an amendment to educate parents and children about this issue.

Cybercrime is growing at such an alarming rate that it leaves us with no option. In schools, almost at each and every stage, we should be teaching our children that whether unknowingly they are suffering from bullying.

I completely agree with the article Bullying Has Little Resonance with Teenagers when it states that most of the children don’t really understand what exactly “cyber bullying” is. They most of the times consider it as some sort of a physical abuse. Wrong or sarcastic comments are not considered as bullying amongst them. It is true that they feel bad when someone is harassing them emotionally and not only physically.

Once children understand what cyber bullying is they would be less vulnerable to it. Also at the same time it is imperative that they should know how to deal with the problem. Hence the topic becomes more complicated to handle. Schools (educators) should definitely take some steps towards it and the same goes for the parents as well.

Teacher’s Solutions:

1. Amending anti-bullying policies which include every possible bullying.

2. Educating students and parents about cyber bullying.

3. Talking to parents and informing them so as to contact whom if they find their children

     being bullied.

4. Every bullying incident should be dealt with responsibly and never ignored.


Parent Solutions – If the child is being cyber bullied:

1. Making it comfortable for our children to talk to us about this topic.

2. Placing the computer at an open space which is visible to everyone.

3. Keeping the ISP (Internet Service Provider) informed of any such act .

4. Saving the messages for further evidence.


As technology advances and penetrates our society, it is important to be aware of its negative impact also and device solutions to counter these negative impact. Rational and justified utilization of technology is very important. And as parents and educators we have the responsibility to ensure that children do not become vulnerable to the unpleasant effects of these.

Assignment no.4 of Coetail course 2

 Privacy online…?


Online privacy is a debatable issue. It depends on personal discretion that what kind of information a person wishes to put up on a social networking site and hence I would like to conclude that online privacy does exists but with a few terms and conditions. This can even be stated through our previous assignment of digital footprint and how it can hamper our job prospects. I mean, there are a few things that should remain personal and hence networking sites deserves attention.

Online privacy is a very tricky thing to work with and our smartness plays a very significant role in it. Things while working online are so transparent that we can easily let loose our identity to someone. Our passwords should be made in such a way that people cannot generally guess them. We most of the time, unconsciously make our passwords as our telephone numbers or birth dates. These kinds of codes are very easily stalked. One thing that I have personally experienced is that till the time we are very less active on internet, the lesser are we prone to being hacked. The more time we spend on internet, the more we are prone to be exploited. Some important things which we should always remember are:

1. Keeping an alternate e-mail ID.

2. Not revealing our personal information to anyone.

3. Not replying to spam messages.

4. Not accepting holiday packages being offered online, since this is another form of stalking.

5. Always using protective policies provided by the Internet Service Provider.





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The internet is public, so it is difficult to discuss the boundaries or limitations of privacy. Last week only, almost up to 15 online sites were told to re-evaluate their privacy policies and vast companies like Google and Facebook were among them. Electronic frontier foundation works towards defending our rights in the digital world.

 In my view, privacy online still looks a bit gauche but firstly it is our obligation to know all the terms and conditions of the site we are using, if we should publish our personal details and if we publish, how can we protect it from being stalked by others. Many Indian actresses were embarrassed since their photographs were picked up and were edited in a very unpleasant way. These pictures are publically displayed for everyone. Right now the police and other investigating agencies even have ethical hackers who are computer experts and work in a virtuous way by guarding us from the hackers, “they hack the hackers”.



( online privacy)

The direction in which internet policies are heading these days is such that despite of numerous privacy settings, once picture goes up, the owner will literally have no control over how it is used! The network is so massive to control that it literally becomes unmanageable for us to protect it completely.

We should definitely try and draw a line between our private and social profiles online but I think that being on the internet everything is almost public in a certain way. Carefulness has to be maintained while playing around with our identity online otherwise it can own our future. We should always stay vigilant about the changing nature of  the terms and conditions of the social networking sites. The pictures and comments that we post publically could come back in the future to haunt us privately and professionally.

As educators, it is our duty to teach our students how to distinguish between right and wrong. They should be well imparted about the privacy policies and the way they should be working while dealing with online issues and online privacy. Children should be taught about the drawbacks of online hazards such as hacking, stalking, phishing or cyber bullying. We can give them a presentation of how we can protect ourselves. This will definitely give them a practical idea about it and hence they would be able to implement it in their lives as well. Students play the role of our future generation and if they are well skilled and inspired to work in the right direction, nothing can go wrong. Remember that WE decide what information about ourselves to reveal, when, why, and to whom.



Physical education Technologist


Here is the link to my project.

Educators generally agree that the primary purpose of education is to help each child develop to his or her fullest potential. As physical education teacher, I believe, the use of technology will improve the overall learning experience. I also think that use of technology should not reduce the physical activity time. It should be used to enhance the quality of physical education.

I decided to work on profile for technology literate physical education teacher for my final project, I started afresh and tried to stay within the realm of the NETS so that it would serve as a document in accordance with our NASPE standards.

When I signed for the first Coetail course I was absolutely blank about the use of technology in physical education, and I had never used these tools in my classes. But after attending, and learning through, these courses I have started using the technology in my PE lessons. I find a huge improvement in my teaching and in students learning.

Today we have a huge variety of technology such as Heart rate monitor, Digi walker,SDM(speed and distance monitor) and cameras,which we can use to motivate students. Students are curious to know about such things and when given a chance to do so they do it more enjoyably.

A technology literate physical education teacher should make the best possible use of the available technology. These activities should be designed in such a way that we can use technological based devices (using images, audio, video) to make the learning process better and joyful. With the help of technology, it has become easier to assess and evaluate the student’s capabilities for planning classroom strategies and differentiation.

It would also help a teacher secure a student’s personal and ability information. Students should be appreciated and applauded for the use of technology with peers in class. This will help them use technology for self and peer assessment.

The language I used in developing the profile is age appropriate and further it would depend on the individual teacher and the grade level being taught.

For further information please visit these sites….

Thanks to Dana and Garry for teaching all of us. I am looking forward for future Coetail Courses.

Profile for technology literate physical education teacher

Profile for Technology literate Physical Education teacher


  • Finds out the technology resources available at school, plan activities so to best use the available resources for teaching physical education activities to class. (1, 2 and 4)
  • Plan the learning activities and use technology-based devices such as heart rate monitors, pedometer, and speed and distance monitors etc. to help students get engaged in analysis, synthesis and interpretation. (1 and 3)
  • Uses technology for communication with parents, class teachers and administrators.(5)
  • Apply strictly the policies of privacy and security of student’s data such as their personal, fitness, and ability information. (6)
  • Appreciate student’s talent in use of technology and sharing it with peer students, teachers and parents. (2,3,5)
  • Help students to learn to use technology for self and peer- assessment such as clock, measuring device, images audio and video. (4)
  • Uses technology for assessment to understand the individual need and to differentiate in class for better teaching/learning. (4)
  • Uses tools to collect data for the purpose of planning and improvement in the performance of students. (4)
  • Uses results from assessment measures (e.g. learner profile, computer-based testing) to improve instructional planning, management, and implementation of learning strategies. 2,4
  • Demonstrate and advocate for legal and ethical behaviors among students, colleagues, and community members regarding the use of technology and information ( 5,6)
  • Participates in technology-based collaboration as part of continual and  comprehensive professional growth to stay abreast of new and emerging technology resources that support enhanced learning for students (5)

The numbers in parentheses after each item identify the standards (1-6) most closely linked to the activity described. Each activity may relate to one indicator, to multiple indicators, or to the overall standards referenced.


National Educational Technology Standards.

  1. Technical operations and concepts.
  2. Planning and designing learning environments and experiences.
  3. Teaching, learning and the curriculum.
  4. Assessment and evaluation.
  5. Productivity and professional practice.
  6. Social, ethical, legal, and human issues.



Assignment no. 6 of coetail course 2


Students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional format. Students, who work in collaborative groups appear more satisfied with their classes.

Research has indicated that when students collaborate with one another they …

  • Engage in discussion, problem solving and critical thinking.
  • Learn the subject matter more completely.
  • Have positive classroom experience.
  • Develop higher levels of interests in the subject matter being studied.
  • Retain information longer than students working individually.
  • Become more competent and confident public speakers.

Collaborative learning, is a strategy designed to make small groups of students who are working together as a team. Team approach has proven successful not just for learning in classrooms, but also in the work place, in community activities and even in home. The cooperative learning team uses specific techniques to make sure everyone in the group meets the defined goals. NOBODY gets to slack off, and no member of the group gets stuck with all the work.

As a PE teacher, I am a strong believer, that one person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but, one person cannot make a team. Everyone should learn that a society is not individualistic, but, that most achievements are through team work.

Students will benefit from collaboration, as in this type of learning, the group share responsibility and have individual accountability. Social skills are taught and reinforced and has effective group processing with shared leadership. Whereas in traditional learning, the responsibility is only for oneself and has no individual accountability. The social skills are assumed and there is no group processing and has one appointed leader. In traditional learning, the top priority: get the job done, but in collaborative learning, the top priority: get the job done, have fun, enjoy each other.