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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Coach's Eye App for iOS

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality:
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: Coach's Eye for iOS is a mobile video analysis tool that can be used by coaches or other educators to use video to analyze performances. Coaches can record a performance using an iPad or iPhone and then record an analysis of the video where they can use voice, drawing tools, and slow motion to provide feedback to the learner. The analysis videos can be uploaded to a cloud server and shared through email, a text, or social networking tool like facebook or twitter. Coach's Eye costs $4.99 (March 2013)
Learning Goals: Coach’s Eye is an assessment tool that enables coaches and educators to provide constructive video feedback to athletes and students. Athletes and students can also use Coach’s Eye to critique their own performance or that of a peer.
Target Student Population: This app can be used with students of all ages. The analysis can be shared directly on an iPad for younger learners so they do not have to have an email address or log into a cloud service to get feedback. Although this App is primarily intended for use by coaches and athletes, educators from a variety of disciplines may use it with a variety of grade levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Coaches/teachers should understand the basics of video production such as good lighting and how to hold the camera steady. They should have a basic understanding of how to use iOS apps and know how to access content from cloud storage services such as Dropbox. Users should understand the differences between a public or unlisted video.
Type of Material: Coach's Eye for iOS is a video analysis tool where the person using the app creates content by analyzing a video.
Recommended Uses: Coach's Eye is a great performance assessment tool. The obvious use is for athletic performances but it could also be used by classroom teachers. For example, students could be shown how they make eye contact or use hand gestures when giving a speech. This app may be used in a variety of learning environments and for a variety of purposes, including recording and evaluating class presentations, music performances, or extracurricular activities.
Technical Requirements: Coach's Eye for iOS requires an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch using iOS 6.0 or later. Version 3.0 was used for this review. It costs $4.99.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating:
Strengths: Coach's Eye is a content creation tool.
Concerns: The quality of the original video recording will play a big part in the success of the final product. Coaches and teachers will get better with practice so don't be discouraged if early videos are shaky or have poor lighting. Learn with each recording.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Have you ever found yourself disagreeing with a student or player about something you noticed in his/her performance? The learner sees him or herself following through on a jump shot or making eye contact with their audience while the coach or teacher sees it differently. Having a video recording that can be played back in slow motion with the use of drawing tools and narration greatly enhances the ability to communicate a change that should be made.
Concerns: Good recordings can take time. Mistakes will be made as coaches/teachers are learning how to use Coach's Eye. Hopefully they will stay with it as they begin to see the benefits of video analysis as part of an assessment strategy.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: Techsmith is famous for creating user-friendly tools and Coach's Eye is no exception. Many users will be productive with minimal instruction. The author has done a nice job of providing help overlays when the App first starts to ensure that the user is aware of important features. * Simple and intuitive user interface. * Can capture footage with the iPad's built-in camera or import video from Camera Roll, apps like Dropbox, or email. Can even adjust built-in camera settings for SD, HD, and HD+. * Can easily identify and sort original and analysis videos. * Can flag videos as favorites. * Captures user voice and annotations in video analysis. * Slow-motion function enables users to hone in on specific frames. * Users can also zoom and pan videos while recording their analysis. * App provides numerous ways in which to share videos via cloud-based and social networking tools. * Can set videos to be public or unlisted. * Includes helpful App tutorials, a link to the Coach's Eye blog/help pages, and a link to provide feedback. * Builds community through providing a way in which to explore publicly shared videos created by other users.
Concerns: It would be nice if the actions taken during the analysis could be edited. For example, the voiceover and slow motion are correct but if the coach circled the wrong player on the other team, it is our understanding that we would need to record the analysis again rather than being able to edit a graphics track while leaving the narration and video speed as is.

Other Issues and Comments: To learn more about Coach's Eye, visit http://www.coachseye.com To learn more about TechSmith's privacy policy, visit http://www.techsmith.com/privacy-policy.html This App has been updated nearly every month.