Graphing On The Go

In an activity similar to one I completed last year, my year 11 Physical Education students were completing a Laboratory activity that involved them recording their heart rates and blood pressure during varying exercise intensities.  The very nature of this activity meant that we had to leave the standard classroom and venture into the school gymnasium.

With this is mind I wanted to ensure that the data that was being sourced within the session would be instantly displayed for the students to analyse.  To make this possible I setup a Google Doc Spreadsheet on my computer the previous day and then accessed this spreadsheet via my iPhone while we were in the Gymnasium. As students received information on their change in heart rates and blood pressure, I added this to the spreadsheet.

As this was happening the data was also being displayed in a graph back in our classroom about 100m away. On completion of the laboratory we returned to a beautifully presented graph that detailed all of the students changes in heart rate and blood pressure.

The instant analysis and discussion that followed was indeed highly valuable and deepened their overall understanding of the hearts responses to exercise.

Straight From the Horses Mouth

Twitter is indeed a place for rich and timely information, so with this in mind I decided to search to see what people were saying about Physical Education. Using Twitter Search I searched for tweets containing either;

  • pdhpe
  • phys ed
  • pe

There was quite an extensive list of people who were mostly students. It proved to be a very interesting and positive read, however  a couple that stood out where the following;

These two tweets make it obvious that many Physical Educators are still teaching this subject in a very traditional sense. Therefore the challenge is to work out how to engage all students, not just those who are sports minded…..

No student should hate Physical Education.

Instant Replay in A Phys Ed Class

As we all know Instant replays have been used in elite sports for years, allowing spectators and coaches the opportunity to review plays, correct techniques and explore game strategies. However I have never really heard of teachers using instant replays in Phys Ed Classrooms. So with this in mind, I though It would certainly prove to be advantageous. Check out the video below to see how I managed to achieve instant replay….

You can get a 30 day trial of a similar software that will allow you to achive an instant replay in your class here