After months of development I have finally finished work on a unique eCourse that I’m calling the iPads in PE Bootcamp. The course was inspired by the countless emails I receive asking for tips and suggestions on the best apps and tools to get started with mobile devices in the PE Classroom. With this in mind I decided to piece together a FREE eCourse delivered over 10 days via email. Whether you are a complete Beginner or a seasoned iPad users, you will be bound to find something of use. Simply Sign up below to get started.
Over the years I have blogged about a number of ways that teachers can produce portfolios for their classes. This desire to share simple and effective tools in this area ultimately led to the creation of my Easy Portfolio app. However in recent months, I have been intrigued by another app, that on first glance is not necessarily geared towards portfolio creation.
Introducing the Book Creator App for iPad a super easy way to build a gorgeous eBook that you can publish and export in a variety of formats. Checkout the video below showcasing exactly how easy it is to piece together a multimedia rich portfolio perfect for the PE Classroom. This app is a simple must have.
Over the past 6 years of teaching I have observed how my students are inspired by the unknown. The element of surprise that comes from a randomly drawn task. This observation led me to utilize the app ‘Rip Deck’ over the last few years as an occasional randomized warm up activity in my PE Classes.
With this in mind, I decided to develop a mobile application that would make it incredibly easy to randomize anything. Introducing “Spin It” a random exercise & activity generator that brings the fun back to your activities. You can use the app to create your own ‘spinners’ in minutes, allowing you to randomize the results for serendipitous fun. See it in action below;
With Spin It! You can 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.
As a student I remember how much I enjoyed learning how to use a skipping rope. This enthusiasm was used by our teacher within a group presentation that enabled us to show off our newly learnt Jump Rope Skills with accompanying music. With this in mind I have been incredibly motivated to bring together a Jump Rope Resource that is geared towards the 21st century.
Introducing Jump It, a Task Card Resource for Teachers. Including over 60 hand drawn jump rope activities that progressively build up in difficulty, allowing students to develop their skills in a self paced manner.
Put your students in the directors chair of their very own workout video, with this innovative iPad App. Start by piecing together your desired workout routine using the list of inbuilt activities. Once complete the app guides you through the recording of a 20 second demonstration of each activity. After completing all the workout demonstrations, the app pieces these together into a fully featured workout video. An absolutely superb student led app that results in a product your students will love. Why not use it to prepare individualised class workouts, with the students leading the action. See the app in action in the video below.
Get your students moving with Zumba Dance a motion controlled exergaming app bound to engage those of all ages. Simply place your iPad on a stable surface and your ready to go. In a classroom context this app works perfectly when connected to a projector or Apple TV enabling you to share the activity with all. Have one student control the game while the rest follow the actions of the instructor on the screen. Swap over week to week or at designated points throughout the activity. See me Zumba in the video below.
SnappyCam is like having a super high speed camera in your pocket. It essentially enables you to capture thousands of photos per minute enabling you capture the exact moment of interest. Use this app within your PE Classroom as a means of capturing the best frame by frame footage you will ever come across. Perfect for use with the teaching of any type of discrete skill. SnappyCam is incredibly easy to use and customise to your needs. A must have app that will prove incredibly useful in endless contexts. See it in action in the video below.
Easily use Azul media player to download YouTube videos or other online content so that you can access the media without an internet connection. The app even allows you to easily create your own playlists of videos for an increased level of organisation. See how easy the app is to use in the video below.
The 7-minute workout app has been a proven success in my junior PE Classes as an instant/warm up activity at the start of my practical sessions. Simply connect your iPad to a projector or Apple TV and share with the group. As students make their way into the gymnasium they can be instantly engaged in physical activity while you take the session attendance etc. There is also a high level of mystique associated with the “7 minute” workout? Why is it 7 minutes?