5 Must-Know Tips for Video Analysis in the PE Classroom

Video analysis is a valuable tool for teaching and learning in any PE setting. It can help students develop a better understanding of their own movements and those of their teammates, as well as develop a deeper appreciation for the game as a whole. However, video analysis can also be intimidating. 


There’s no denying that it takes time to conduct an effective analysis, which means there’s less time available for other important aspects of your class such as skill instruction or conditioning drills. But don’t let this deter you! If done correctly (and with some help from technology), analyzing game footage can be an engaging and effective way to improve your students’ physical literacy skills while also developing them into lifelong learners who love learning about sports at all levels—from youth soccer leagues up through professional athletics worldwide.

1. Give students ownership

It’s important to give students ownership of their learning. If they are invested in the process, they are more likely to come up with good ideas and learn from the experience. That’s why it’s important to give them power over the video analysis process by letting them choose their own partners, which video they want to study and what questions will be asked about them. Students need control over these decisions so that they can have a real stake in this process and apply whatever skills you have taught them.

Give students control over how much time is spent on each video analysis task because it will allow for more flexibility if one part of an activity takes longer than expected (like when a team wants to re-watch a portion of video several times). This also helps ensure that students are not overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to complete.

2. Get them familiar with the technology 

Get your students familiar with the technology by having them download the Replay It app. Once they have it downloaded, have them go over how to use it. You could use one of the videos from our YouTube channel and let them watch in their own time with the Replay It app for some hands-on experience before showing them how you can use it as a tool for analyzing movements in PE class!


3. Let them choose their partners

Asking students to work with a partner will not only make them feel more comfortable, but it also allows them to work with someone they are familiar with or have similar interests. They will be able to share their opinions and ideas better when they know that the person they are working with understands them.

This is an excellent way for you as an educator to see how well your students understand the material that you have been teaching them, because if one student does not understand an aspect of a video clip then there is most likely someone else in class who does understand it! This can help you identify areas where further instruction is needed so that all students understand how to approach analyzing videos in PE class moving forward.

When students are working with a partner, you should make sure that they both have their own copy of the video clip. This will ensure that students are able to focus on analyzing it together instead of trying to share one device between them.

4. Provide a checklist/framework for analysis 

When students are reviewing their performance, what specifically are they looking for? You can provide a checklist or framework for analysis that informs the student’s thinking process. Replay It provides a checklist of key areas to focus on and will ask students to rate their performance against these criteria. This helps guide students through the process of analyzing their own work, as well as providing an objective measure so that you can also see how well they’re doing in each area (and then set new goals).

5. Remember to teach

Use the opportunity for video analysis as an educational tool, not just a way of getting through your lessons quicker. Remember that students still need guidance and advice on how best to use technology in order to get the most out of it – We recommend using Replay It in smaller pairs at first so that you can provide additional input as needed. Your role should be enhanced by a tool like Replay It!, as opposed to using the tool as a chance to “clock off” for the session.

Remember that some students may struggle with various aspects of video analysis – it’s important to give them ownership over their learning process and encourage them when necessary but don’t forget about yourself either! You should also use this opportunity to create teachable moments in your classroom, which could involve doing things like adding video footage onto social media sites such as Instagram or Facebook and explaining how teachers could use this opportunity with their own classes via large screens

Teaching with video analysis in a PE setting is possible with Replay It 

Teaching with video analysis in a PE setting is possible with Replay It and will enhance student learning. Students can learn from watching videos of themselves, their peers, or their teachers. This type of self-reflection is crucial for learning because it helps them understand how they can improve their own physical abilities

Video analysis is a great tool to use in PE, but it can be challenging. In order to ensure your students are successful, there are a few things you should keep in mind. 

First and foremost, it’s important for students to have ownership over the process. They should feel like they have control over what they watch and what they choose from each video clip so that their learning journey is meaningful and relevant to them as individuals. 

Secondly, make sure that students are familiar with the technology involved, especially if this is the first time using Replay It! 

Finally, create a checklist/framework so students know what data points need looking at when analyzing their clips.

While this might sound like a lot you can get access to an amazingly simple analysis tool in Replay It with teacher resources, student worksheets and courses to help make video analysis a success in your classroom. Start your FREE Trial here