Lately I have been receiving more and more emails from PE Teachers, who are looking for PE related apps that they can install on their Android phones or Tablets. With that being said I have begun to dedicate more of my time towards making The entire PE Geek Apps range available to Android users. Along with our own development, there is an ever increasing amount of apps being made available (even exclusively) for the the Android platform. This influx echoes the fact that Android is truly the worlds largest mobile operating system, with a user base far greater than those on the iPhone and iPad. With this in mind, along with my ever increasing interest in the space, I have prepared a starter package of Android Apps for PE Teachers.
Three Ring or Easy Portofolio
Either of these apps will make Student Portfolios a breeze in your classroom. With Three Ring you can easily capture photos, videos and audio recordings and assign them to students. This information is then uploaded to the Three Ring website and can be viewed behind
your secure account.
Another Alternative is the Easy Portfolio app which allows for the capture of Photo/Video/Audio/URL/Documents and Text notes for your student cohort. The data is then stored on the device, until you choose to export it via email or Dropbox.
The Easiest and most popular rubric style assessment app available. In a matter of a few minutes you can setup a rubric and assess your entire student cohort. Assessments can even include photo or videos to strengthen your evaluation. All assessment material can be exported to dropbox for archiving.
Simple application that allows you to do statistical recording within sports. Users can very quickly setup a game panel with tiles dedicated to specific actions the user wishes to observe (see the image below). The user then taps the events as they observe them throughout the game play, ultimately completing a statistical analysis. The perfect tool for getting key performance indicators within games. Have injured students do recording during practical classes to provide insight into game play. Results can then be exported directly to email for further analysis.Keep track of student possessions and use this information to track involvement. A great little tool for a myriad of situations.
Cardiograph is a super high quality app that tracks your heart rate via your devices camera. The app uses the tiny colour changes that occur during capillary refill in your finger to determine your heart rate with astonishing level of accuracy. The best feature about this app is the capacity to create multiple profiles, making it perfect for a class full of students. In the past this has been used to track heart rate variance over a period of time and discuss how these changes occur. The other advantage to using this HR option is the less invasive nature when compared to a traditional chest strap
The app is an absolute must have and brings exceptional insight to your Physical Education classes. Simply point and shoot your desired footage and tap to begin an instant on the spot analysis. Users can finely tune the footage the exact frame using the ‘fly wheel’ at the bottom. You can then use the drawing tools to complete a telestration emphasising the important aspects of the performance. The really exciting addition to the app which takes it to the next level, is its ability to create a voice over recording during the video analysis. This recording can then be shared via Text Message, Email, YouTube or other social media platforms making it the easiest and most powerful way to improve performance.
Sports Tracker Pro
This is coolest GPS tracking app I have ever seen and comes only available for Android users. Use it to live track everything including Heart Rate, Breathing Rate and Skin Temperature with the Zephyr Bioharness attachment. AWESOME.
PE Games has been designed to be the premier app for PE Teachers on the app store, containing over 100 games in a variety of categories. Once a user finds a game that they want to play they can add it to their lesson. Games can then be added and deleted as required, creating a quick snapshot of the games for your upcoming session. Other features of the app include the random tab, in which a user can ‘shake’ their device to receive a random game.
So what Android apps are you using? Suggest some additions to the starter package in the comments.