Every now and then, an app comes along that totally breaks new ground. Introducing Zombies, Run, an awesome running adventure that takes place in a zombie-
In Bit Breaker, your physical movements are translated into movements of the on-
A truly exceptional augmeed areas. Heaps of fun in larger groups and especially great for junior students learning simple body manipulation skills.
A really fun, active gaming iPad app that uses your physical movements to control the character in the game. The objective is to move and collect coins as you make your way down the river. The upside here is the intense, rapid left-
These cool games use head tracking software and the device’s front facing camera to control the action on your screen. Used in conjunction with an exercise bike/elliptical/treadmill, the basic premise is that the faster you move, the greater movements of your machine which the app tracks and therefore the faster you move the action in the game. Heaps of fun. Stop moving and your in-
Peel away the human skin to reveal exactly what takes place at a physiological level amongst elite athletes. The app is available for either iPhone, iPod or iPad and starts off with the users selecting a focus sport. The app then launches an introductory video narrated by Dr Greg Wells, before it takes the user inside the body. From this point on, the app really excels as you navigate through the blood stream via a simple, yet exciting navigation system. As you approach points of interest related to the focus sport, the app switches to a video explanation or tidbit of information. The net result of this app is a totally immersive experience for students and teachers, which dramatically enhances the learning of human bodies in movement.
Pocket Heart 2
A brilliant way to learn and review the function and structure of the heart in 3D. Students can explore the case studies in full detail or complete a ‘locate pin quiz’ to test their knowledge. Connect your device to a screen and share with your entire student group.
Incredible application that allows you to explore the muscles of the human body in isolation. Zoom in close to find out the anatomical name, appropriate stretches and training. Recently used this on the iPad while connected to an interactive whiteboard to explore stretches for specific muscle groups.
A superb app that helps teachers showcase the internal workings of the human lungs. Users can modify the breaths per minute to see how this varies the lung volume. Use it with students learning anatomy, or during practical activities to help students visualize the acute responses they are experiencing.
Whack a Bone
The gamification of learning continues to excite me and this app is no exception. “The game is designed to draw beginners into the curious and fascinating world of anatomy, guiding them toward a commanding recall of the major bones of the human body”.
Powers of Minus 10
In this version of POMT, zoom into human bones, see how broken bones heal, and investigate some of the cool and weird cells found in the middle of our most sturdy organs. Another useful tool for exploring a wide variety of theoretical concepts in the PE or Health classrooms.
This FREE iPad allows users to see inside of a model heart as they change the Heart Rate from resting right through to max. It then allows users to label key components or explore elements such as blood flow, right through to valves/electrical impulses. Will be using this in class to help visualize the concepts of acute responses to exercise. For example, have students complete a step test and determine their HR, then use the app to show them what their heart actually looks like at that exercise load.
This nifty little application allows teachers to set up and administer a multiple-
This wildly popular app is a great way to capture and assess physical skills within PE. Users can now set up and import class lists and rubrics for enhanced data entry.
The app designed for PE teachers to effectively capture skill development and sports skill portfolios in a flash. Simply set up portfolios for your students and, capture them in action in a variety of ways. You can then share portfolios to Dropbox via Email or showcase them from within the app. A perfect tool for assessment and discussion prompts within parent-
Simply point to record your desired sports action or choose existing video footage. You are then able to review the video frame by frame, draw and highlight points of interest and, best yet, you can record a narration over the top of the video further emphasizing points of interest. The other exciting feature is an automatic system that shows you which videos have been reviewed and which are still waiting. Perfect for teachers and assessment.
A video analysis app with an original twist. Record your footage and you can begin to produce phases according to the various movement phases of the performance (see right). The phases can then be all analyzed with drawing tools and text editors to produce a final PDF report that can then be shared with the student or used for assessment. Teachers and students can easily use the tool to produce posters highlighting perfect skill execution.Another highlight is the ability to edit recorded footage to the most appropriate moment and to capture footage at an adjustable frame rate.
Video Tagger is a unique and powerful video analysis and assessment tool that makes it possible to capture and tag sports performance. Start recording and tap the customizable buttons to tag performance as it happens. The app will record a few seconds either side of the tap. Continue this for the duration of the performance and, when finished, two video montages will be compiled with the highlights you identified.
A similar app to Video Tagger; however, with the focus being on recorded footage as opposed to live footage. The app enables you to tag elements of interest and jump to them for review. The tagged elements can then be saved to the photo library.
Touch Stat Highlight
This exceptional app enables you to produce a highlight video with only the footage you desire. Simply start recording and point the app towards your action. When you see something exciting during game play, simply tap anywhere on the screen to record the footage a couple of seconds either side of your tap. Continue this process as you desire and when you stop the recording the highlight reel will seamlessly fuse together.
Don’t let the name fool you. This app is a full-
Coach My Video – Private Edition
The paid version of the popular free video analysis app “CoachMyVideo”. New features included in the paid version are the ability to analyze video directly from online streaming sources, such as YouTube. This is a super powerful addition inside of any video analysis app, especially when you utilize the app’s side-
Dartfish have been involved in Video Analysis for years, making this entry to the mobile market somewhat expected. The app combines some of the popular features present on other mobile analysis platforms. Where the app really shines is its integration with their own video hosting website Dartfish.tv.
BaM Video Delay
With this app, you can simultaneously record and display delayed video. This means that a PE teacher can have the app pointed towards any sort of discrete skill and, after the skill has been completed, the performer has adequate time to return to the screen to see their skill in action. Where this app takes it to the next level is its ability to allow a grid of 4 different video delay timers effectively creating 4 opportunities to view your performance The user can then specify a different delay time for each grid and dynamically alter the delay by swiping up or down with their finger on the grid. This app is a must-
Burst mode is an excellent app that allows you to capture the perfect image in a fast moving activity. Simply set the amount of frames to be captured and the timing of these frames and hit the record button to capture a burst of pictures. The user can then go through the frames one by one to review the execution of a specific skill or movement pattern. Great for coaches or students interested in improving their performance.
Capture up to 800 pictures a minute with this app, making it perfect for highlighting or emphasizing points of interest during skill development. Never miss that perfect image again.
ActionShot lets you shoot sequential movement images in a snap. Simply point the camera in the direction of your intended target; the app will take a series of photos of the movement in action. You need to ensure that you hold the phone still and don’t follow the movement of the player. The finished results are spectacular. Try it in athletic field events such as triple jump to produce an amazing sequential action shot highlighting the key points.
A superb free app offering intuitive frame-
A video delay app with the ability to set a delay time of up to 4 minutes. This will provide plenty of time for review and subsequent analysis of physical skills.
The easiest way to produce beautiful slow-
This is an absolute incredible app perfect for any class, including PE. Collabracam allows you to link up to four iPhone, iPod or iPad cameras streaming to a fifth device in real time over the local WiFi. The fifth device is considered the director and has the capacity to switch between all video feeds and record the footage coming from each. Imagine a group of students in a PE class filming a match from different angles, with a director switching between the feeds to record an amazing professional quality video.
This great app allows you to capture frame by frame images of sports activities and then play them back in either slow or faster than normal speeds. A perfect addition to any skill development activities or video analysis/instant feedback task.
Video in Video
A first app of its kind in the app store allowing the user to produce a picture-
This nifty little app allows you and your friends to film the same event from multiple angles. Simply log in to the application and start recording; the app will determine your location and others within your proximity and seamlessly piece together a video including all of the various angles. In a PE classroom, students could use this to film high-
A superb Yoga app brought to you by the developers who created iMuscle. The app was produced using motion capture technology to bring the most accurate and natural movement possible. Where the app really outshines its competition is with the female model who allows you to see muscles in action as each pose is demonstrated.
A simple app useful for teaching students about the different types of muscle contractions. The app contains exercises that can be performed in static classroom environments free of any required equipment. As the name suggests, all of the exercises use isometric contractions, which are those that occur when a force is developed, but the muscle length doesn’t change.
An awesome app that puts a personal trainer in your pocket. Contains thousands of individualized training programs based on your level. Pair it with an Apple TV unit (see picture to left) to share the trainer with your entire class.
An exceptional mediation app, that takes you through a daily 10-
A superb running app that enables users to train with or race against others who use the app. Simply start a run, invite a friend and wait for the run to start. You will then receive audio cues at nominated times telling you who is in the lead and how far ahead they are. What a fantastic way to promote activity with people on the other side of the world. Check out the demo video of the app in action here.
An interesting exercise app that uses a deck of playing cards to generate workouts. It has the capacity to track your training history, providing an opportunity to learn about the development of training programs/training principles.
Another social fitness app that allows you to log your workouts, connect with friends and join challenges.
The app provides you with an overall fitness rating as a simple number based on your
A collection of high-
This app lets you use your own music to help guide your workouts. Within it, you can set your workout time, rest time and number of sets. Great app to co-
Although this app is essentially a calorie counting tool, it does provide opportunities to teach theoretical concepts on healthy foods and exercise. The app allows for the simple tracking of all food and drinks over the course of the day; exercise can then be added to the mix to help balance consumption. I plan to use this app with my senior physical education students as a diary for them to track the food groups they consume in the lead up to competition. It will also provide us with opportunities to discuss exercise metabolism and other physiological concepts.
GymPact is an app that allows users to make a pledge about how often they want to exercise and the penalty they are prepared to pay if they fail to meet their goal. The user then “checks in” to the gym on arrival and the app goes to work, tracking the user’s location to ensure they stay at the gym. If the user meets their goals for the week, they can earn cash rewards; otherwise, if they don’t meet their goals, their credit card is debited based on the pledge they made at the beginning.
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.
The first in a series of apps designed to improve your core strength. Simply complete the initial test pushup maximum test and the application designs an appropriate training program to guide you to the ultimate goal of 100 pushups. Use this app within a classroom environment.
Gym goal is an exercise database that seeks to allow you to keep track of all of your workouts. It also includes step-
This groovy, well styled app is perfect for guiding the users through deep breathing exercises that promote relaxation. In a PE or sports science class, this app can be used to teach theoretical components such as mental rehearsal, imagery or other sports psych theory.
Eureka Sports Science App
A simply superb publication that has lots of interactive content for Physical Education students
Fit Deck Basketball
A super collection of challenge-
TGfU Games for Elementary
This handy little app created is a great resource for PE teachers looking to employ the TGfU model within their teaching. Featuring the instructions for over 200+ games designed to facilitate understanding within the TGfU categories. With more and more teachers moving away from the traditional model of PE instruction, this app becomes a great tool for facilitating change.
GroupGames was designed for teachers in the outdoors who 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.
Basketball PE & Soccer PE
Each app features over 100 games and activities to help students learn concepts, skills and strategies within respective sports.
The premier app for PE teachers, allowing you to sort through and discover minor games for use in your practical sessions. You can even add your own games and game categories to build an enormous mobile library.
An app for PE teachers who desire quick reference of rules in over 17 popular sports. More sports will be added, making this a one-
A simple app containing reference of over 92 knots. Especially great for outdoor ed teachers.
Great app made by the World Anti Doping Association which lists the many prohibited substances and methods. Perfect reference guide for teaching the rationale behind anti-
A superb mobile resource for PE teachers, featuring heaps of games and activities for teachers. You can easily plan your lessons, save your favourite games and add further games to build an enormous resource.
A super useful app that will become a key tool in teachers’ classrooms all over the world. Exceptionally well produced with an intuitive interface, this app contains hundreds of games and activities for the classroom. You will find everything from PE activities, Brain Gym, Brain Teasers, Jokes and much more to keep your students active and engaged.
Featuring the instructions and playing guides to over 100 tag games. The app is broken into 4 distinct categories, ranging from no equipment to 3 required items. Another exceptional feature is the ability to shake for random games and the incorporation of a stop watch inside the app.
Beep Fitness Test
A sleek and simple Beep Test app that is by far the best looking Beep test app on the App Store. What separates this app from its competitors is its number of test variations, which include the ability to choose from the beep test (UK, Canadian or Australian timings), Birtwell 40m, PACER 15m and 20m, or YOYO endurance and intermittent level 1 and 2 tests. Simply connect it to a set of external speakers and you can easily conduct the test with your students.
Cooper Test HD
A great app that enables the user to complete the class 12-
Designed with PE teachers in mind, the Step Test app quickly and easily facilitates the Queen’s College Step Test. The app guides the user through the test using the internal metronome to keep users in a “up-
Beep Test Trainer
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.
This simple app guides users through a series of fitness tests covering all key fitness components with the
idea of eventually providing you with an overall body age. A great way to explore or introduce senior
students to the concepts of fitness testing, protocols, chronic adaptations and fitness components.
Another highly useful video analysis tool for coaches and PE teachers on the go. Use the built-
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.
Great Coach Netball
A superb app by the makers of Great Coach AFL. This makes it possible to quickly and easily manage a netball team. Give your team the winning edge with better planning and team performance. Great Coach Netball packs together team management, statistics and reporting tools into one application for junior through to senior teams.
Designed for PE teachers and coaches, this iPad app enables the tracking of up to 12 runners’ times and other vital statistics. Start by entering in the lap length and the number of laps your runners are to complete. Users can then choose to start all runners off at once or nominated and use a “start delay” value for handicapped races/training. As the runners complete a lap, simply tap their name to update the lap splits, speed, pace and much more for that runner. At the completion of the race, you can email the results or archive them inside the app for review.
G.A.P.S. Sports Coaching
A collection of over 1,750 high-
Endomondo Sports Tracker
An incredible app that allows you to record activity via the iPhone’s GPS. The best part about it is the fact that any activity you do becomes social, allowing your movement to be followed live via the Endomondo website. This gives students the option to send through messages of encouragement or discuss physiological responses to exercise.
A brilliant altimeter that enables you to check accurate altitude information without an internet connection. Use it during hikes or outdoor activities to facilitate discussion on altitude and its effects on exercise performance. Compare and contrast the altitude during a trip to sea level and a snow field. Other features include GPS co-
This is one of my all time favourite applications. Simply go for a run/walk/ride/jog/ski while running the program and your activity will be recorded. As most modern phones include GPS, Runkeeper will present you with a plethora of statistics from the activity, including total distance, speed, elevation and even a Google map tracking your activity in real time. It also combines powerful voice-
Geocaching, which is actually pronounced geo-
This app is the Swiss army knife of GPS tracking, with the capacity to be customised to however the user desires. Use it during the 12-
This great little free iPad app allows students to track and record their physical activity and nutrition via an engaging interface. It provides many opportunities to discuss hydration, physical activity guidelines and many other health related areas.
Another one of those apps that made me go “wow” on first use. The app uses the device’s 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.
This simple, yet effective app enables users to measure their sprint start reaction time from the starting blocks. Simply place the iPhone or iPod inside your pocket, or better yet an armband, and press the start button. You will then be prompted with “take your marks, set” and then a gun will sound. Your reaction time will be noted and displayed on screen following your explosive start.
Simply download the free app, place it within your pocket and check back occasionally as the app tracks your activity, via both the GPS and internal accelerometer. At the end of every day, you will be presented with a beautiful storyline of your day’s activity, with metrics on aspects such as your total steps and distance accumulated in a variety of types of locomotion
Cardio Touchless Camera
The creators of the most popular heart rate app, “Instant Heart Rate”, have brought out a touchless heart rate app that makes it possible to measure your HR by analysing the tiny colour changes in your face. This becomes a wonderful addition to the PE classroom during fitness classes. Simply place the device at a fixed location and have students check their heart rate during a rest station.
Cardiograph is a super high-
An app with the ability to track steps via the accelerometer or GPS. It also incorporates a Heart Rate feature, pacer, calorie counter and playlist integration.
A fantastic app that allows users to record the speed of anything. Simply set the distance between you and the object you wish to record and the speed is displayed. There are also a few other tools which can be helpful for a host of situations
Any combination of Player, Location, Action, Time and Outcome (PLATO) can be recorded. PLATOSPORT also allows you to graph the results directly on your device and then share them by email. Have injured students complete intense analysis.
Fantastic FREE application that allows you to record locomotion types of either live or recorded team sports. While observing the activity, simply select the type of movement the athlete is completing and update throughout the game. The app keeps a statistical breakdown of time/percentage spent standing, walking, running, sprinting, etc., allowing for a detailed exploration of energy system usage, training requirements and much more.
Dartfish Easy Tag
A simple application that allows you to do statistical recording within sports. Perfect for getting Key Performance Indicators from within games. Have injured students do recording during practical classes.
This app turns your mobile device into a fully functional metronome that can be used by PE teachers to allow timing of all sorts of exercise. Simply set your desired temp and you’re on your way. We used this recently in senior physical education to time a step test that allowed students to explore the physiological response to exercise.
A unique timer and photo finish app that employs the same techniques as the professional equipment used at the Olympics. Start the timer and point the camera towards the finish line. sprintTimer will build an image of narrow slices of the finish line. You can then scroll along the photo to get the time when each competitor crosses the finish line with a 0.01 s resolution. The image can then be saved for record keeping. To top it off, the timer can also be activated by a button touch or automatically by sensing the gun sound.
Finish Line Photos
A great little app that combines a digital stopwatch with the digital camera. Simply use the app to snap a photo as athletes cross the finishing line. The app will overlay the finishing time with the finishing photo, creating a unique record of the race results. A perfect addition to cross country or athletic events.
A simple app for randomly deciding teams in your classes. A clean but powerful interface enables you to quickly add class lists and sort out random teams in a flash.
Make My Groups
As the name suggests, a great app to take the stress out of placing students into teams. Allows import of names via Dropbox and saving/exporting of group lists. Use it to organize spontaneous team activities.
“RaceSplitter is the ‘do it yourself’ solution for race timing — providing coaches with accurate split times, lap times and standings during the race, and organizers with a powerful alternative to chip-
An incredibly diverse iPhone/iPad app that makes it easy to annotate and mark up anything you like. Use shapes, arrows, sketches and text annotation to get your point across fast. Mark up photos, screenshots, maps, and web pages, then share them with anyone you like. A brilliant FREE addition to the PE practical classroom.
Use Skitch to:
Annotate skill performance and tactics within game play
Showcase player position understanding of rules and playing areas
This free app allows users to record the drawings they make on their screen while completing a narration. Perfect little tool for students to share their understanding of game strategies.
Great little app for use in Swimming and Athletic events which allows you to record the personal best times for your students/athletes etc. There is also the option to attach an image for each event.
It allows you to alter the tempo of the music on your device. Perfect for fitness circuits, running or anything where you need a consistent tempo.
An app that will assist with the timing of activities by allowing you to designate a high intensity and low intensity duration along with a dedicated rest duration. Perfect for use within cycling, running, weights, exercise, workouts, stretching, boxing, etc. No longer will you need to keep an eye on the stopwatch.
A great little app to allow teachers and coaches the ability to track a student’s or player’s game time statistics. Start by adding your classes or team lists, start a game and tap the students who are starting on the field. When they move to the interchange, untap their name. At any point in the game, you can easily see the amount of time any player has spent on the ground, and use this data to inform your choices. It could also be used to ensure equitable decisions are made in terms of equal participation for all.
Result Tracker records results so you can track progress in the activities which are important to you. It’s designed to track results for all types of sports, academic, personal fitness, child growth or just about anything you can think of. You set up the activities by choosing from a wide range of result formats. With this FREE iPad app, you can easily track your classes’ improvement in a wide range of activities, from fitness tests to athletic and swimming events.