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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.

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  1. Love this idea and am planning on doing it with my year 10 & 11′s this year too. Hopefully going to have pupils in groups with a laptop for them all to contribute to the google doc spreadsheet themselves before we discuss results. Glad to hear it went well & works in a lesson

    • Thanks Dylan, the idea was basically an extension or reworking of one I completed last year that had all of the students using a laptop to contribute to the google doc.

  2. As always, simple ideas are often the coolest and best. Well done, Jarrod. Another tool for the kitbag.

  3. Greta blog! Just getting into it ourselves and I came across yours – I wonder if you have heard of Dartfish? It would have allowed you to view the graph (as well as the heart-rate and any other data you were interested in) whilst in the same room on a screen as well as recording the activity. Back in the classroom you could then have annotated it in real-time so to speak. http://www.youtube.com/user/OutsailLtd?feature=mhum#p/u/0/08TGq-49d8g short interview with a college in Devon that are using it.

    • Dartfish is an excellent tool. However by using google docs via an iPhone students didn’t even require a pc/screen etc in the gym with us.

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