Jump It is a Task Card Resource for Teachers. Including over 60 hand drawn balances that progressively build up in difficulty, allowing students to develop their skills in a self paced manner. Have students work independently with their own device, or connect a single iPad/iPhone to a projector for a large class experience. Also available on Android and as an eBook
Another stellar app from Sten Kaiser, the genius behind sprintTimer & speedClock. With Army Fitness Tester you can easily conduct. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) which is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the Army. Have students track their progress within these fitness components within the app as they conduct the tests literally anywhere.
Sworkit takes you through 5-60 minute circuit training workouts requiring no equipment. Just choose what part of the body to workout and for how long. Options include strength training, cardio, stretching, yoga, and even an option to create custom workouts. Have students work independently with their own device, or connect a single iPad/iPhone to a projector for a large class experience. My Year 7 students are loving using the Sworkit App for their warm ups.
In recent years, I have made a conscious effort to build in opportunities for students to develop a wide variety of skills and attributes within my lessons. This has resulted in once simple tasks being re-thought to provide students with opportunities to be more independent learners, reducing my role and seeking to increase their personal and interpersonal communication.
One of the my favorite tasks for putting students in the drivers seats utilizes the app ‘CoachNote‘. This app is a super simple coach whiteboard that includes all of the different equipment you might find within your sports storeroom. One of the exciting features of the app is the ability to take a photo that can then be drawn over. This has resulted in me taking a photo of our school gym and utilizing it to create ultra realistic game setups. Once complete these are then shown to the student cohort at the start of the session, with the instructions being “work as a group to setup the game exactly as shown in the example below”. This seemingly simple task has not only minimized my setup time, but has provided me with countless opportunities to gather insight into how students work together to achieve a common goal. See a recent example of this in action in the diagram below.
Another useful way I have utilized CoachNote is during communication with Relief Teachers, enabling me to be much clearer with my instructions and games for the session. All in all a superb and super addition to my PE Classroom. One that I simply wouldn’t be without.
So how could you see yourself using CoachNote? What value do student led and managed activities add to your classroom? Let me know in the comments below.
Currently I am on tour throughout Asia, running a series of workshops for PE Teachers surrounding mobile devices within the classroom. As always I get the opportunity to meet with heaps of passionate teachers, who are doing some incredible work at their schools. This often leads to great adhoc discussions during break periods, where sometimes the greatest gems are shared.
Recently I came across the FREE app “HSC Broadcaster App“, which makes it super easy to stream your sports or other school events to the world. You can then use the accompanying HSC App to watch live events, checkout jaw-dropping highlight clips, and catch replays of prior events from your school, other local schools and featured schools from around the globe.
The app is ridiculously easy to use, making it possible to broadcast your own events LIVE – in stunning HD. The end result is a super crisp video that can be shared and watched worldwide. Your high school events will never be the same again. This year I plan to use it to stream inter-school competitions, with the broadcast being watched LIVE by staff and students back on campus or parents further abroad. The opportunities here are truly endless.
So what do you get when you mix Physical Education with Literacy and the Arts? You get ‘Active Kids Coloring’, my new FREEiPhone & iPad designed purely to get young kids moving. Keep active and healthy while coloring in 36 beautiful pages. Each page consists of an Active Animal that encourages children to get moving in a variety of fun and interesting ways. The app also helps teach fundamental literacy skills and mixes these with art and drawing for hours of fun children will love.
See the app in action below or Download it now for FREE by clicking the available on the App Store Badge. Enjoy.
Created by the same team behind ‘Zombies, Run’ comes this superb augmented reality fitness adventure. The Walk places you at the scene of a bomb explosion in Inverness station, and you’re given a package that could save the world. To stay alive, you’ll need to walk the length of the UK. The Walk is more than just a great pedometer/step counter — it’s a way to turn walking into a journey, a challenge, and a rip-roaring adventure. A perfect addition to any classroom or as motivation for an apathetic student cohort. I will be recommending this to my Year 12 students to encourage Active Transport options.
No more boring Treadmill running. With TreadmillVR you can experience the outdoor environment while running inside. The exciting thing about the app is the locations of the scenes you can run in. Everything from Florida, Puffy white clouds and the Swiss Alps.
The new Pro version of my Video Tagger App is a powerful video analysis and assessment tool that makes it possible to capture and tag sports performance. Start recording and tap the customisable buttons that float on screen to tag performance as it happens. The app will record a few seconds either side of the tap. On completion you will have created an instant highlight montage video that pinpoints just the thing you were interested within. Schools all over the world are using the app for tonnes of different reasons.
Spin It is a random exercise & activity generator that brings the fun back to your activities. Use the app to create your own ‘spinners’ in minutes, allowing you to randomise the results for serendipitous fun. Add your own images to the spinner to uniquely identify them amongst their groups. One tap and your ready for a tonne of randomized fun. See the app in action here
A super cool app that enables you to easily produce both slow and fast motion video mashups in seconds. We recently used this app to explore Triple Jump technique, with the run up completed in normal speed, takeoff and flight in slow motion and landing in normal speed. A great way to explore possible improvements.