You know those days when your teaching and you’re excitement level is greater than the students? Well, that was me today when LIVE tracking the heart rates of my Year 12 PE students during the Beep Test. The technology that makes this a reality is simply incredible, making the once impossible…..truly possible. Watch the video below to see it in action.
So how exactly do you make this make this possible in your PE classroom?
1. Apple TV – This revolutionary device at a super price point of around $100 makes it possible to wirelessly mirror an iOS device or Mac computer to any TV or Projector that the device is connected to. Apple TV connects to a wireless network, and as long as the iPad is on the same network you can complete a function known as ‘AirPlay’ to mirror the content. In the picture below my iPad is being ‘mirrored’ to an Apple TV, which is conveniently connected to the Projector. This makes it possible for me to showcase content from my iPad from anywhere in the room. The true essence of mobility.
2. Polar Team iPad App
Occasionally a mobile app comes out that takes things to a whole new level, often making something we could of only ever dreamed of a complete reality. With the ‘Polar Team‘ iPad app it’s now possible to live track up to 40 Heart Rates via a single iPad device and your devices bluetooth connection. See the app in action in the video below.
3. Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitors
To make use of the Polar Team App, you’ll need an iPad and a Polar H7 heart rate sensor for each player. These special heart rate monitors are not only more affordable than traditional units, but far more powerful when connected to a smart device. I highly recommend grabbing the sensors via the Polar Shop Website, who are shipping these worldwide to PE Teachers at the cheapest prices. My school was lucky enough to buy a 10 pack, but they are also available in packs of 20 and 30.
So what would you do if you could live track your students Heart Rate? Leave a comment below to go into the draw for a Polar H7 heart rate sensor. I look forward to reading your responses.