August 12, 2019

Custom Assessments With Continuity Camera

In this episode of The #PhysEd Show Vlog, we're geeking out and taking a look at how I used Apple's Continuity Camera feature to quickly create custom assessment tools for my students in physical education.

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Show Notes

In grade three, my students explore a variety of movement concepts related to balance. These concepts are:🔘 Centre of Gravity🧱 Base of Support📏 Body Alignment⚡️ Muscular Tension

The students explore these concepts as they work towards mastering the following SHAPE America grade-level outcomes:

To help my students explore these different concepts, I created this set of 16 Balance Exploration Prompts which we used together with Jarrod Robinson's "Balance It" app (iOS, Google Play) which displays different partner balances that students can perform.The Exploration Prompts are printable playing-sized cards that students can draw and apply the cue to their balance to see what happens and learn more about the role of each balance concept in maintaining stability.

As a summative assessment tool, I wanted to create something in which students could analyze a partner balance by looking at the role that each balance concept played in maintaining that partner balance position. The evidence of learning that I was looking for here was whether or not students could break down a partner balance position by explaining - in their own words - how the balance concepts we explored in class worked together to create stability in the balance. The tool I created to capture this evidence was the following "Amazing Balancing Acts" sheet:

At first, I was just going to use screengrabs from Jarrod's app. However, I thought it would be WAY more fun if the students had their very own partner balance on display on their assessment tool which they could then analyze!In order to get this done, I had to come up with a way that allowed me to quickly add photos of my students' balances into the assessment sheet template I had created. That's when I stumbled upon Apple's Continuity Camera feature.

Continuity Camera

Continuity Camera is a feature built into certain apps that run on macOS Mojave (or later) that allows you to quickly import a photo/scan that you take with your iOS device (iOS 12 or later). Check out this video from Apple that shows how it works:

Using Continuity Camera allowed me to significantly reduce the amount of time it took me to get my students' assessment sheets to look just right so that they could then use them in class. Basically, I went from having to:

  1. Have my students perform their partner balance.
  2. Take a picture of my students' partner balance with my iOS device.
  3. AirDrop the photo to my Mac.
  4. Insert the photo into Pages (the app I used to create the template).
  5. Crop/resize/mask the photo to get it to fit in the template.
  6. Send the document to the printer for my students to collect.

To now being able to (thanks to Continuity Camera and Media Placeholders):

  1. Have my students perform their partner balance.
  2. Take a picture of my students' partner balance with my iOS device.
  3. Send the document to the printer for my students to collect.

This allowed me to quickly create the customized assessment tools which led to less design work and more one-on-one time with my students. They were super pumped to see their own work on display on their sheets!I realize this is a super geeky, very nice feature that can be used in physical education, but I had a ton of fun with it so I thought I'd share!If your interested in accessing the Balance Concept Cards, Balance Exploration Prompts, and Amazing Balancing Acts assessment tool, you can find all of these in the #PhysEd Shop! If you don't have a Mac or Pages, I also included a Google Slides version of the Amazing Balancing Acts assessment tool that is set up to be used in similar fashion to the Pages version I created (although without Apple's Continuity Camera feature).[button url="" target="_blank" color="blue" size="large" border="false" icon="" btn_content="Download The Balance Concept Cards"]Do you see yourself using Continuity Camera when creating resources for your students? I'd love to hear your ideas/thoughts, so feel free to hit me up in the comments!Thanks for reading/watching and happy teaching!

Joey Feith
Joey Feith is a physical education teacher based out of Nova Scotia and the founder of
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