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Nick O’Leary, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Physical Education (PE), has been asked to deliver the innovative lessons to pupils at a school in Iowa from December.Nick O Leary
Bill Baddeley, Head of PE at Carroll High School in Carroll, Iowa, has asked Nick to link up with his students to discuss English PE, sport and other educational topics. The purpose of the internet link-up is to improve the American students’ understanding of education and sport.
As well as teaching prepared material, Nick will be on-line and face to face with the students to answer any questions they might want to ask. Nick will be covering English education, English PE and Sport with pupils in the 9th grade (aged 14-15 years) and Sport in Society with 11th grade students, who are 15-17 years old.
Nick, from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure based at the Walsall Campus, said: “I have known Bill Baddeley for nearly 20 years through basketball coaching and we have talked about the idea of communicating to our respective students for a long time.Bill Baddeley
“Skype and a webcam gives us the opportunity to do this in a much more personal way than other electronic methods. We hope it will become a regular occurrence which will benefit the students and may have possible research opportunities.”
Skype is software that allows users to make telephone callers over the internet. The use of a Webcam will allow the American students to see Nick deliver the material.

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