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Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 33

Simple Transfer Pro

I often get asked during #pegeeks workshops for a quick and easy way to get photos and videos from the iPad/iPod to a computer form easy storage. While I’m a major user of cloud based storage solutions like Dropbox/Google Drive they can often be quite slow when transferring larger files.

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With this in mind I absolutely love the Simple Transfer Pro app which easily lets you copy photos and videos  between devices that share the same wireless network. This makes it possible to transfer large video files from your students iPad to your computer; or to another student or teachers device in seconds. An absolute must have.

Easy First Aid

Easy First Aid is exactly that; A super easy way to track and record First Aid incidents and injuries. This FREE app came to me after dealing with an injury during a practical PE session.  With Easy First Aid you can quickly capture vital First Aid Information including time of incident, assessment, treatment and referral details. You can even attach Photo & Video evidence to support your Incident direct from your Camera roll or Dropbox Filter and Communicate First Aid Incident Reports via Email & Dropbox. Check it out in the video below;

Human

Another powerful quantitative self app; designed to track your daily efforts to meet 30 minutes of Physical Activity. All you need to do is place your device in your pocket and get moving.Walk. Run. Dance. Bike. Everything counts. Human automatically picks up your walks, runs, bike rides and other exercise of one minute and longer.

Motion Rugby

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The number of active gaming apps on the store is certainly growing. Motion Rugby is simple. Hordes of angry Enemy Rugby Players are coming to get you! Can you evade their tackles by actually weaving left and right to survive all 40 Levels and score Maximum Points?  Lots of fun.

Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 Part 8 - Part 9 – Part 10  – Part 11 - Part 12 – Part 13 – Part 14  - Part 15  -Part 16 Part 17 Part 18 Part 19 Part 20 Part 21 - Part 22 Part 23 – Part 24 –Part 25 – Part 26  - 27 – 28 29 - 30 or grab the PE Apps App for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.

 

4D Anatomy – Incredible Interactive Learning Experience

On a couple of occasions I have blogged about how  Augmented Reality could be used to enhance instruction within the Physical Education & Health Classrooms. In 2010 the horizon report listed “Augmented Reality” as a technology to watch out for in education, with a 3 – 5 year rate of adoption to mainstream use. Augmented Reality is defined as the technology of combining the real world with computer generated information or  imagery. Essentially this exciting technology makes it possible for you to use your mobile device to display information on whatever you’re pointing it at. Focus on a restaurant, and a display pops up giving a menu and customer reviews, look at a historic building, and you’re told when and by whom it was built. These are the sort of possibilities afforded by the new technology of augmented reality. 

So with this in mind Im truly excited when applications arrive that utilise the best of Augmented Reality. The latest to do this is an iPhone/iPad, Android Application known as 4D Anatomy. Checkout this amazing app in the video below;

Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 32

Music Beep Test

A one-of-a-kind Beep Test (Pacer Test) experience that uses your music to conduct the test, instead of the annoying beep.

Select songs that inspire your students, and have the app change songs as the levels progress. Start with slower songs, working your way up to more uptempo beats. You can also use the inbuilt calculator to determine your aerobic fitness rating and V02 max.

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Sport Search – The Ultimate Sports Word Find

A simple FREE app that I developed for PE Teachers to engage those unable to participate in a session, or as a fun way to integrate students to sport specific terminologies. With over 50 sports included and tonnes of time based challenges, you can be confident of hours of fun & entertainment.

You can also download the FREE PDF resource that includes the word finds to printout for student use here

Tube Downloader

I’ve used a number of apps throughout the years that make this possible, however none have been as simple or straight forward as this one. Quite simply, this app is a mobile browser, than enables you to open websites like YouTube. The great thing however is when you start video playback at any website, you’re asked if you would like to download the video to your device for offline playback.

As many of PE Teachers are still struggling with inadequate WiFi in their practical spaces, this becomes a great way to cache copies so you can watch them in class. It also means that you can download exemplar performance videos for use in apps such as Coach’s Eye

Bit Gym

Another App by the people behind Virtual Active and Bit Breaker that upgrades your cardio machine with stunning interactive trails from around the world. Each tour can be streamed instantly or downloaded locally for use at the gymNo hardware required – BitGym tracks your exercise speed by using the front-facing camera on your device.Works on any bike, elliptical or treadmill – just place your iPhone or iPad down so you’re in view and start exercising. This is simply spectacular. 

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Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 Part 8 - Part 9 – Part 10  – Part 11 - Part 12 – Part 13 – Part 14  - Part 15  -Part 16 Part 17 Part 18 Part 19 Part 20 Part 21 - Part 22 Part 23 – Part 24 –Part 25 – Part 26  - 27 – 28 29 - 30 or grab the PE Apps App for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.

Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 31

Jump It & Jump It iPad

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

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Army Fitness Tester

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.

IceBreaker Games

IceBreaker Games includes games and activities designed to “break the ice” and “warm up” groups of children and adults of all ages! Another brilliant mobile resource from Nicholas Stratigopoulos 

Sworkit Pro

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.

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Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 Part 8 - Part 9 – Part 10  – Part 11 - Part 12 – Part 13 – Part 14  - Part 15  -Part 16 Part 17 Part 18 Part 19 Part 20 Part 21 - Part 22 Part 23 – Part 24 –Part 25 – Part 26  - 27 – 28 29 - 30 or grab the PE Apps App for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.

Student Led Game Setup

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.

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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.

Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 30

The Walk

Created by the same team behind  ‘Zombies, Run’ comes this superb augmented reality fitness adventure. The Walk Screenshot 2013-12-15 10.08.34places 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.

TreadmillVR

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.

Video Tagger Pro

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.

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Spin It

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

Slow Fast Slow

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.

Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4Part 5 – Part 6 - Part 7 Part 8 - Part 9 – Part 10  – Part 11 - Part 12 – Part 13 – Part 14  - Part 15  -Part 16 Part 17 Part 18 Part 19 Part 20 Part 21 - Part 22 Part 23 – Part 24 –Part 25 – Part 26  - 27 – 28 - 29 or grab the PE Apps App for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.