Technology @ High Point, vol. 26

Tech for teaching and learning in our new space

Fill Your Toolbox!

Well-implemented technology gives classroom staff loads of tools for teaching students with a broad range of learning styles. The time investment in learning new technology will make teaching easier and assist students in advocating for their life-long learning. This newsletter PD is intended to help you learn new technologies at High Point a little bit at a time, slowly filling up your teaching toolbox throughout this chaotic school year.

This Week's Tech Feature:

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Dribble Up Basketball

The Dribble Up Smart Basketball is a ball that connects via Bluetooth and the iPad camera to an ipad, or other tablet or phone, to coach the player on how to move the basketball to improve ball-handling skills. The player simply has to keep the basketball within the green circles on the app on the iPad to play games and perform basketball drills. High Point does not have the subscription for the live practice sessions due to student privacy concerns, but there are many games included in the app for students' to use.

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The Smart Basketball - Explained!

Who is it for?

Students who:

  • Have gross motor development goals

  • Need to work on hand-eye coordination

  • Are working to build stamina on a weak hand/side of the body

  • Need a sensory/movement break

The Dribble Up (or DU) app is very easy to get started with and has a wide range of free activities ranging from simple beginner skills to more advanced movements or combos. Some drills allow the user to target specifically the right or left hand, speed or strength. After selecting an activity or drill, the user simply holds the ball in front of the camera to begin.

Setup Instructions

Account Set-Up

Dribble Up Account Sign-Up

First, create a free account with Dribble Up using the link above. (This is the account you will sign into the app with on your iPad, and accounts must be created online–not through the app.) Create one teacher account to use with every student, or create individual student accounts using their names and emails. The teacher and/or the student will need to be able to access their email account to retrieve activation codes. Creating individual student accounts would allow the teacher to track usage and lessons by student, but it would also require creating and keeping track of log-in credentials for every student.


App/Ball Set-Up

Ensure that the DU app is installed on the iPad that will be used. Contact Jamie Mayo or Sara Meray, to request the app. Once the app is installed, open it and sign in with the username and password you created online. The app will ask some basic questions about goals and practice frequency. These responses can be edited later if needed in the user profile. When you begin the very first session, the app will request access to the iPad’s camera. Select “Allow” to continue. When prompted, the user will hold the basketball in front of the camera, centering it in the circle on the screen.



Tripod/User Position

Choose a location with plenty of space for the user to move and dribble the basketball. Set the iPad in the tripod or any mount that you choose to use and position it so the camera will be able to see the basketball throughout the dribble action.

Maintenance

The basketball should be kept inflated to the proper level, and used on a hard floor surface whenever possible. Like a typical basketball, it doesn’t bounce as well on carpeted floors.


The DU Basketball can be cleaned with a damp cloth or sanitized with Clorox wipes.


The included tripod has many points of adjustment, and is somewhat tricky. Be sure your iPad has its protective case on securely. You can also use any iPad stand to hold the iPad in the position of your choice.

Ideas for Using This Tech in the Classroom