As you will all be aware I have a major interest, some might say obsession with mobile applications. However one thing that has been lacking is an app that could replace/improve the assessment process that I currently use with my students. In order for an app to be a viable replacement, It would need to not only replicate what is possible using more traditional methods, but it should make the once impossible, possible and it should do it in a simple straight forward manner.
Well that was my intention behind the development of the Easy Assessment app, which I am happy to say was released on the iTunes store over the weekend. Not only does it allow for easy development of rubrics for assessment, but it makes use of the camera so that teachers can capture learning and make their subsequent assessments.
Download Easy Assessment from the iTunes Store
Top features within the app include the capacity to sync all assessment data including a spreadsheet of results, videos and photos to your personal Dropbox.com account. Truly making it a breeze to backup and record evidence of learning.
Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to be asked to present at the ECAWA Conference in Perth. Here is the video from the hour long keynote entitled ‘Is Mobile Learning the Future’?
Within the session I explore;
- Mobile Saturation
- My Mobile Day
- App Development for Teachers
- My Favourite Mobile Projects at Schools around the world
- My Thoughts for the future of mobile learning
Check it out below
You can also grab the presentation files from the following link
Endomondo Sports Tracker – An incredible app that allows you to record activity via the iPhones GPS. The best part about it is the fact that any activity you do becomes social, allowing your movement to be followed live via the Endomondo website. This gives students the option to send through messages of encouragement, or discuss physiological responses to exercise. A great free alternative to Runkeeper Elite subscription.
Stress Doctor – A true Biofeedback app has arrived for iPhone 4/4S and it is amazing. A perfect way to teach students about psychological methods that enhance sports performance. Stress Doctor visualizes respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) which, in layman’s terms, is the rising and falling of your heart rate when you breathe in and out. When you inhale, pressure in your chest drops and consequently your blood pressure drops as well. The app uses this biofeedback to take you through a deep breathing exercise that will make you feel more relaxed. By the makers of Instant Heart Rate, this is a really high quality app.
Vernier Video Physics – Video Physics is perfect for students and instructors. Perform on-the-go analysis of interesting motions. Measure the velocity of a child’s swing, a roller-coaster, or a car. Or, take a video of a basketball free throw shot. A great way to explore Biomechanics concepts or provide useful feedback to performers.
Excelade – Another high quality video analysis app, useful for its capacity to share performances to the Excelade website. Would be a fantastic way to teachers to record student skill development then assess online. The app is free to download but after 30 days the user is required to pay $9.99 to access to continue use. Well worth the investment.
HR Recovery – A clever little app useful for exploring heart rate responses to exercise. Use it to measure your resting heart rate, training heart rate or your recovery heart rate. The later can be used to indicate your cardiovascular fitness by providing you with a score, which can be tracked and improved over time.
FitDeck – A collection of high quality task cards for all sorts of fitness activities. Have students work their way through random activities, following the clear instructions. They can choose to complete a beginner, intermediate or advanced workout which is shown on the top right of each card. Simple and highly effective, with over 250,000 users this is a must have. Also comes in a Junior version.
Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4- Part 5 – Part 6 or grab the PE Apps app for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.
Today I was truly wrapt to find out I had been nominated in the Edublog Awards for 2011. So this post is to thank those who took the time out to nominate the blog in the best teacher category. Although blogging for me has never been about recognition, it is nice to know that people enjoy reading it and find it useful. So thanks.
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