After owning a iPhone for the last year, I believe I have developed quite a good idea of the amazing things that it can do to the point that even as new applications are available, I am beginning to not find them as impressive as I once did. However, today I stumbled across an app that made me return to my initial hype for the phone (also available for android).

The application is called ‘Instant Heart Rate‘ and it does exactly what is says, with an impressive level of accuracy. Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate heart rate monitor app for iPhone and its impressive as it does not need any external hardware.

To make it work you simply place your finger gently over the iPhone camera and hold it steady for at least 10 seconds. The application will work by tracking your changes in the light that passes through your finger, turning this information into an appropriate BPM. See the video below.

So how could I use this in class?

  • To promote discussion about vasodilation/vasoconstriction
  • To discuss the benefits of working within exercise zones for improved fitness
  • Improve understanding of the objective measures of physical activity

How could you use it?

The Facebook Page

During 2011 I will be teaching year 12 (final year) Physical Education here in Victoria for the first time.  For those unfamiliar with the course, it covers an extensive amount of theoretical content that is required to be linked with practical experiences. This content is then assessed during a major final examination at a state level. (see 2009 exam)

To assist with the presentation of content and homework requirements, I will be utilising a Facebook Page as our student centre. The great thing about Facebook pages are that they allow students to ‘like’ the page and therefore receive updates within their ‘news feed’. This then means that it becomes very easy for me to post content, discussions and other information that is highly likely to be viewed and acted upon by the students.

The other advantage is that the page has potential to be used by more than just the students in my actual classroom. As there are literally thousands of students completing the same course throughout the state of Victoria, It will become a fantastic place to learn about Physical Education with those from other schools.

To join the VCE Physical Education Page – Click the ‘like’ button on this page or share this link with people you know completing the course -