After a whirlwind workshop series throughout Asia, I’m back with a new episode focusing on all the latest tools & apps finding there way into the PE Classroom. In this episode, we explore the incredible app ‘Book Creator‘ and how it works as as a portfolio tool. We test the Active Gaming app Pop Flux with a group of young students and finally discuss the new app Jump It. Later on in the episode we talk about how a school in Shanghai, China have been using the iPad in the PE classroom fully immersed in water, with incredible results. As always we finish with a PE Teacher on Twitter, one of the original #pegeeks, who’s contributed extensively to the community over the years.
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?
In the latest episode of The PE Geek Podcast we explore how you can easily make use of and utilise a GoPro Hero to teach game sense and understanding in your PE Classroom. We explore the apps TimeMotion, Workout Trainer and Burst Mode. Finally we focus on a teacher who doesn’t sit around waiting for things to happen.
This truly innovative mobile app allows users to turn their device into a speed camera and see exactly how fast they kick a football. The app guides your through the process of setting up the kick so that the app is capable of accurate detection. You will firstly start by selecting if you are right or left footed and then the app provides a frame overlay that you must position the ball over your resting soccer ball. Once setup its all up to the kicker and the app to track the overall speed, angle and estimated kick distance. It even records your kick and replays it back to you in super slow motion.
The app makes it possible to showcase a variety of Biomechanical concepts and would also work well included in a Football (Soccer) Unit. Your students could work together to see how the speed of their kick alters with various situations such as with their opposite foot. A FREE app well worth checking out.
One of the most popular apps shared in general conversation during the ConnectedPE Workshops has been Webscorer. This app is the swiss army knife of race timing, allowing everything from the registration right up to the sharing of results. Users can import Start Lists and conduct mass, wave, interval, individual or pursuit style races all from the ease of a single iPhone or iPad. As racers finish, the officials simply tap their race number or name to complete the recording. This app is the perfect solution for your anyone looking to improve the efficiency of their races. The app is available in two versions – Webscorer FAN which is FREE and can be used time a simple mass start race & post the results or Webscorer Pro which is the full featured extensive version currently set at $49.99 a year.
A super cool app designed for younger students to learn about the human body. Use the app to xxplore a working model of the body where every part is animated and interactive: the heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, the skin feels, and eyes see. Connect it to a larger screen for heaps of fun exploring the body and all its wonder. Guaranteed to please younger students, check it out in the video below.
AFL Pro is the number one coaching and teaching app on the market. The app has been designed for AFL (Australian Football League) coaches and PE teachers to help plan and execute fun, exciting and engaging practical sessions. With over 100 drills, skills, tactics and modified games, AFL Pro has everything for begins right through to accomplished players. For those outside of Australia, this app will provide you with everything you need to know to introduce it as a unit within your curriculum.
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