A really solid iPhone app that allows users to set a target pace for activities such as jogging, walking or running. The app then uses your music to inform you if you are keeping pace with your set target by altering the pitch of the current song. Running too slow? Well the app will slow your music down to give you a nice audible cue to speed up. Brilliant.
GroupGames was designed for teachers in the outdoors whom require quick and minimal equipment activities that help with team building, ice breaking and problem solving. Featuring over 50 games users can also submit and request games to feature inside of the app. Available on the Android Market here
A great app that allows users to facilitate the classic beep test with ease. You can also use the app to facilitate training by starting or looping the test at a certain stage. I recently used this app to introduce my junior students to the beep test while participating in a “Team Beep Test” warm up where students work in groups of 4 or 5 to get as high as they can by sharing the running load.
Another one of those apps that made me go wow on first use. The app uses the devices camera to measure heart rate variability and in turn can use this information to track overall stress levels. A great tool for introducing students to the concept of arousal and readiness for optimal performance. Available as a free version also
CoachNote is an exceptional app that allows users to record set plays and game strategies for a variety of team sports. The coach simply drags the icons onto the screen to represent the players and can then record the movement of the players and the ball as they narrate. This app fits perfectly into any Games Sense or TGFU class, where students are responsible for developing deeper understanding of the why behind the sports they play.
Arookoo is a one-of-a-kind iPhone App & Website that turns walking into a game by sending you on fun challenges that motivate you to move around your city. Arookoo rewards you for increasing the amount of steps you walk each day by completing a wide variety of fun activities. In a phys ed class users can discuss how tools and initiative such as they help promote physical activity opportunities
A useful app for athletic coaches that allows users to determine appropriate training loads. Users start by scrolling the app to their finish time for one of the following distances between 800m to a Marathon. The user is then provided with approximate training targets for building aerobic base, developing lactate tolerance and increasing V02 max. Even though these figures are just a guide they can lead to discussion in senior classes about important physiological concepts and how they link with training
Check out the other top app lists here – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4– Part 5 – Part 6 – Part 7 – Part 8 – Part 9 – Part 10 – Part 11 or grab the PE Apps app for a great one stop collection of the best PE apps.