Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

"The Software Is Great but What I Also Need Is Resources."

Academic journal article New Zealand Physical Educator

"The Software Is Great but What I Also Need Is Resources."

Article excerpt

This is the most common request from siliconcoach users who currently use the software to teach movement analysis in schools. This article will outline what siliconcoach and Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) are doing to meet these users' needs.

Siliconcoach has been involved with PENZ since the late 1990's when they attended their first PENZ conference. They have attended every one since. In addition to the conferences, siliconcoach has taken over 50 training sessions for New Zealand teachers and in 2004 they teamed up with PENZ to take a movement analysis road show around the country. The road show was aimed at introducing teachers to the possibility of making movement analysis and functional biomechanics much more interactive and interesting by using siliconcoach movement analysis software. Attendees were shown how the software takes video clips of someone performing a movement and then allows the user to analysis them using drawing and measuring tools, allows them to put two videos on the screen at once for side by side analysis (eg before and after or expert and novice). The siliconcoach software also has the ability to step through the video clip frame by frame so the user can see exactly what is happening and then export still images complete with the drawings in a format that can be imported into a student's assignment.

As part of its ongoing research and development, siliconcoach polls users to find out what they like, what they don't like and any suggestions for future versions, in fact the first 6 versions of the software were based on feedback from coaches, teachers and athletes. What has become apparent over the last 2 years is that it is not more features that teachers want but resources that help them teach the difficult concepts found in biomechanics. In this regard PENZ and siliconcoach are tackling the problem with soon to be released resources for teaching movement analysis.

Another road show is scheduled for September - October this year. This tour will present the concept of these resources to teachers around the country presenting samples of the end product to teachers for feedback and suggestions. This gives all stakeholders a chance to have a significant input in to the design and content of the full set of resources before they are completed. …

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