Thursday, June 2, 2011

PDHPE apps integrating literacy and numeracy

PDHPE and Literacy
Eureka Sports Science (free) (Upper Primary to Secondary)
The first app I could highly recommend is the Eureka Sports Science App. I have reviewed this one previously.
This App is packed with great information to read about 5 aspects of Sports Science. It covers Medicine, Psychology, Engineering, Biology and Human Physiology. Topics like "How would
your body cope in a F1 car' is presented with great graphics and interesting and useful information. Discover the success behind British cycling with an xray image of their bike where you can tap on parts of the bike to get information on the design features of all the parts of the bike.
Students could use this app as a basis for discovering information about the various aspects of sports science. For e.g
  • They could compare their own heart rate after running and at rest with those of an F1 car driver
  • They could explore the history of drugs in sport and compare that to today's drug in sport issues.
  • Investigate why elite female athletes need different training and nutrition regimes to those of their male counterparts.
Health Facts (free) (Upper Primary to Secondary)
Health Facts provides of thousands of interesting health-related facts, useful tips, and relevant medical statistics -- concisely written for quick and easy review. To move to the next health fact just SHAKE or TAP your iPad. Example facts:
  • Did you know that infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause?
  • Did you know that up to 50% of all adults snore occasionally, and about 25% are habitual snorers?
  • Did you know that you can get a salmonella infection after handling pets, particularly reptiles like snakes, turtles and lizards?
This App could be used as topic starter where students would choose one of the facts and do some further research on the fact and present information their research to the class.
A limitation of this app is that you can't search for facts or go back to a fact you were interested in. You get a new fact randomly with each tap.

Destructive issues (free) (Secondary)
This app provides information to empower educate and equip students with resources an skills to help them make informed and intelligent choices about critical life issues for youth. Organised in two sections: Awareness and Response. Under Awareness are subsections Education, Q&A and Scenarios, and under Resources - Prevention, Intervention, Resources to find help.
Students could use this app as discussion starters on
  • health/body related topics
  • the possible outcomes from choices that they make in regards to the many issues they face in today's world.
Topics include Steroids in Athletes, Tobacco, Alcohol etc. Note the resources refer to USA websites and organisations.

200 Biomechanics Terms and Quiz
($1.19) (Secondary)
Students can use this app to learn more about Biomechanic terms. There are quiz and flashcard options.

Everyday Health

Fact filled app with Healthy tips, Health A-Z for the top 50 health conditions, Doctor Q&A, Pharmacist Q&A. Mom Says, Food and Fitness.

Students can use this to
  • look holistically at the many issues that can affect your body
  • evaluate research information provided on this site with further research via other authoritiative websites.
  • finally they can have fun checking whether the things their Mum tells them to do when they are sick have any medical/scientific value to them. For example 'Does Chicken Soup' help a cough.
PDHPE and Numeracy

TimeMotion (free) (Upper Primary to Secondary)
This app allows the user to record the time, type and movement of an athlete during a gam
e. To save the data just take a screenshot (press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time), or email the results via the Share button. Coaches can even use TimeMotion to track the time in possession of the ball and the frequency of possessions for their team or individual players.
  • Students can use this ap to organise and record information or interpret data presented in a table.

DailyBurn (free) (Upper Primary to Secondary)
Daily Burn provide to track nutrition and exercise. DailyBurn has a searchable food database to track your food intake as well as a a range of exercises you can choose to set up a training plan.
Students can use this app to :

  • Explore the dietary habits of young people in relation to the recommended dietary guidelines for children and adolescents.
Use this app with The NSW DET PDHPE link "Dietary requirements of Adolescents" which provides a useful teaching strategy for incoroporating numeracy.

For more PDHPE apps see the website "
The physical education teacher"

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