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October Instructional Software Special - 25% off for October

Use Coupon OCTX2014 at check out for a 25% discount off

Elementary Health Related Fitness Instructional Software - click here

Health Related Fitness Instructional Software - click here

Discount is available now through October 31, 2014.

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Windows Security Tip

To combat any potential virus problems, Windows includes a new version of Windows Defender that incorporates Microsoft Security Essentials, a security and antivirus program Windows Defender scans everything that enters your computer, whether through downloads, e-mail, networks, messaging programs, flash drives, or discs. If Windows Defender notices something evil trying to enter your computer it lets you know with a message. That same message can appear on the Start screen or the desktop. Then Windows Defender quarantines the virus, rendering it unable to infect your computer. Windows Defender constantly scans your PC in the background. If your computer starts acting strange, then manually run Windows Defender.

Windows Tip

To keep Windows from asking for a password whenever it wakes back up, follow these steps:

  1. From the desktop, right click the Start button and then choose Control Panel.
  2. From the Control Panel, click System and Security and then click Power Options.
  3. From the screen's left edge, click Require a Password on Wake-up. When the window appears, most of the options are grayed out — inaccessible.
  4. Select the option labeled Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable.
  5. Select the Don't Require a Password option and then click the Save Changes button.

Taking these steps leaves you with a more easy going Windows. When your computer wakes up from sleep, you're left at the same place where you stopped working and you don't have to enter your password anymore. Unfortunately, it also leaves you with a less secure Windows. Anybody who walks by your computer will have access to all your files. To return to the safer but less friendly Windows, follow these same steps, but in Step 5, select the Require a Password (Recommended) option. Then click the Save Changes button.

Macintosh Tip

Mail feeling sluggish in OS X? Quit Mail and, in the Finder, choose Go> Go to Folder…. Type in ~/Library/Mail/V2/MailData and hit Go. Drag all files with names beginning with "Envelope Index" to the Trash. Next time you launch Mail, it'll rebuild its database. You can safely delete the old Envelope Index files the next time you log on.

Getting to Know Elementary Health Related Fitness Complete and Health Related Fitness Complete Instructional Software

Elementary Health Related Fitness Complete

Appropriate for grades K-5.

This software provides information (text, graphics, video) on health-related and skill-related fitness. It addresses all national and state curriculum standards related to fitness education, including fitness areas, concepts, and principles. It now includes an audio reading of the text.

The software is aligned to the Elementary Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum.

Click here for more information.

Health Related Fitness Complete

Appropriate for grades 5-12.

Our overall best-selling instructional program at all grade levels! A great program for "live" and online fitness courses.

This software covers the five areas of health-related fitness along with assessment for each area, and the FITT concepts. It also includes the principles of fitness, safe versus dangerous exercises, and warm-up/cool-down procedures. Along with information related to skill fitness, first aid, and environmental conditions.

Interactive labs include a nutrition simulation, an exercise simulation, and a home fitness simulation.

The software is aligned to the Middle School and High School Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum.

Click here for more information.

The classes that used this software scored higher on both their fitness notebooks and their written tests when compared to the classes that did not use the software. Dawn Brahler

How Do You Use Technology in Physical Education

Submit a two to three paragraph summary of how you are using technology in physical education to Bonnie Mohnsen no later than November 15, 2014. The top submissions will win a heart monitor or pedometer, and will be published in the Using Technology in Physical Education newsletter.

Microsoft Office for Students - Free

Did you know your students can get Microsoft Office at no cost? Thanks to Microsoft Student Advantage, schools that purchase designated Microsoft Office licenses qualify for free student downloads, including:

Your school may already participate in this program. To check, go to

Not on the list? It's not too late to encourage your school administrators to sign up.

Elementary Fitness Foods Cards

Task cards come as PDF documents on a CD or in digital format. They print at 8.5 x 11. Sites have permission to reproduce these cards as needed

This set includes 96 food task cards including the total calories and shopping bags/plates. The set includes a variety of activities for using the cards.

Includes the caloric value and amount of exercise needed to burn that number of calories. Makes for a great aerobic learning activity.

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Siri Commands - Talk to Your iPhone

"Send a message to Jose Garcia."

"Read my new messages."

"Call Susan Washington."

"Note that I completed the fitness test for period 2."

"Remind me to grade period 6 tests."

"Facetime Mr. Brown."

"Search for problem solving initiatives."

Middle School Folk Dance Task Cards

Task cards come as PDF documents on a CD or in digital format. They print at 8.5 x 11.

Twenty-three task cards for use in the teaching of a Folk Dance unit. Each card includes the name, picture, and description/critical elements.

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Excel Tips

Custom Sort

Enter the items in contiguous cells in the order you want, and select those cells.

Choose Excel -> Preferences and go to Custom Lists; click on Import and then click on OK. (This is much quicker than creating a list from within the Custom List preference pane.)

To use your custom sort order, select the column or area you want sorted and choose Data -> Sort.

Click on Options in the Sort dialog box, and select your custom list from the pull-down menu.

High School Fitness Task Cards

The task cards come on a CD in PDF or as a digital download in PDF. Sites have permission to reproduces these cards as needed.

This package includes the Fitness Web Booklet along with flexibility, cardiorespiratory, muscular strength, and muscular endurance task cards.

Click here for more information.

Research Works

Anticipation of Karate Attacks from Two Attackers using Virtual Reality - Nicole Bandow, Peter Emmermacher, Christine Stucke, Steffen Masik & Kerstine Witte - Poster Presentation at Symposium on Computer Science in Sport, Vienna 2014

Introduction - Virtual Reality (VR) offers the possibility to evoke a feeling of presence and interactivity in a three-dimensional environment which allows investigation realistic human behavior, such as anticipation (Vignais et al., 2009). Recent studies analyzing anticipation in karate only used 2D video presentations combined with the occlusion technique. This method lacks depth information and with this, has an influence on the athlete's responses and hence the study's ecological validity (Abernethy & Russel, 1987; Mori, Othtani & Imanaka, 2002). A study successfully overcoming this issue was conducted by Vigais et al. (2009) in handball using VR and the occlusion technique to analyze anticipation of handball goalkeepers. Based on the study's positive results the goal of this study is to identify the temporal-spatial occurrence of anticipatory cues of intermediate and expert karate athletes in regard to the Mawashi-Geri (front leg) attack performed by two attackers using VR.

Method - The virtual attacks of the Mawashi-Geri (front leg) performed by two attackers (attacker 1 (A1): female middle performance class and attacker 2 (A2): high performance class) were presented in a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment)). The attacks based on motion capture data integrated into the software Review 3D, containing the 3D environment and 3D model, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation Magdeburg. Four temporal (for A1) and three temporal (for A2) (T1-T4) and three spatial (back arm and shoulder, feet, torso) occlusions, based on key movements, were defined resulting in 21 occluded attacks. These attacks were shown randomly with different occluded attacks.

Five male experts (E) (20.6 (+-6.9) years) and five male intermediates (I) (15.4 (+- 1.67) years) responded to the occluded virtual attacks after a short warm-up and familiarization phase. The participant's responses were recorded with high speed cameras and classified as correct (visible counter attack or block technique within 100 ms after the T1-T4) and incorrect responses. Differences in responses between I and E were sought using Fisher's exact test.

Discussion and Conclusion - Experts responded earlier and more frequently correct to A1 and appear to use the same cues independently on the attacker performing the attack. Experts were able to respond more frequently correct to the attacks of attacker 2 compared to the intermediates responses. This leads to the conclusion that with a higher skill level the anticipation of high level karate athletes is superior.

Fitness: Light Weights Task Cards

The task cards come on a CD in PDF or as a digital download in PDF. Sites have permission to reproduces these cards as needed.

Twenty task cards on light exercises

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Using Technology in Physical Education Podcast

All of our podcasts/vodcasts are posted here.


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Q and A

Q: What is the cloud and how is it different than traditional forms of computing?

A: The cloud is a source of highly scalable, global-class services that can be easily accessed over the internet on an as-needed basis. For example, students and teachers can create google documents, spreadsheets and presentations and then collaborate with each other in real-time right inside a web browser window. The files are stored on each person's google drive which is stored in the cloud.

History of Sneakers

1916 - The United States Rubber Company announces Keds, the first mass-produced shoe marketed as a "sneaker."

1978 - Nike founder Bill Bowerman patents his waffle-soled running shoe concept. The design provided better traction.

2013 - New Balance and Nike announce the first mass-produced athletic shoes with 3-D printed soles, kicking off a new age in customized footwear.

Grants and Fundraisers

Safeway Foundation

The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Local grants are reviewed biannually. For grant requests that are national or multi-regional in scope, requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Grants awarded range between $2,500 and $10,000. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Rolling

Lowe's Tool Box for Education

For more than 65 years, Lowe's has supported the communities we call home. At a time when schools and community groups are struggling to support the basic needs of their communities, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation recognizes the importance of financial support.

This year, as a foundation, we are challenging ourselves to seek ways to provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently, while providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities taking priority.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Looking for funding opportunities to improve the healthy eating and physical activity options in your school? You’ve come to the right place!

Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. To qualify for the competitive, nationwide funding program, your school must participate in the National School Lunch Program and have a registered program advisor.

Deadline: November 5, 2014

October Web Sites

Active Academics

Nutrition Explorers


Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum

We have completely aligned our lessons, task cards, portfolios, and instructional software to the new national physical education standards and grade level outcomes outcomes. Spend some time this summer getting to know our curriculum. Click here for access.

Movie on our Elementary Physical Education Curriculum:

Movie on our Middle and High School Physical Education Curriculum:

The movie (above) address the California version; however, we have both a California version and a National version. The National version is specific to the National grade level outcomes and common core links.


Instructional Software

We have completed our Sport Complete Instructional Software and Health Related Fitness Complete Software which may be used for live instruction, online instruction, flipped instruction, or hybrid instruction. Here is a comprehensive list of our instructional software.

The instructional software is aligned to our PK-High School Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum (including task cards and posters) as well as our Grade Level Specific Electronic Portfolios. We are currently ensuring that all materials are aligned with the new grade-specific outcomes published by AAHPERD.

Instructional software is not simply a video presentation. Instructional software includes text, video, animations, and 3D images. Additionally, instructional software is interactive. Each title includes numerous interactive labs to reinforce concepts, understandings, social skills, and motor skills. We are in the process of uploading demonstration versions which will be available at demos.html.

Using Technology in Physical Education - 8th edition

The eighth edition of the popular book Using Technology in Physical Education is now available. Everything you need to know about technology in the field of physical education. Includes information on spreadsheets, word processing, desktop publishing, web, pedometers, heart monitors, virtual reality-based exercise equipment, software, electronic portfolios, e-learning, and much much more! Lots of step-by-step directions and photographs showing how things work! Cost $49.99.

Check out our support page with videos and agendas for undergraduate and graduate courses.
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Computer 101
Chapter 3 - Text-Based Documents
Chapter 4 - Data Manipulation
Chapter 5 - Using Images
Chapter 6 - Using Videos
Chapter 7 - Using Audio
Chapter 8 - Using Telecommunications
Chapter 9 - Instructional Software
Chapter 10 - Assessing Student Learning
Chapter 11 - Measuring Devices
Chapter 12 - Interactive Devices
Chapter 13 - Online Physical Education
Chapter 14 - Improving Instructional Delivery
Chapter 15 - The Future of Technology





College Level Assessment in Physical Education Course or Personal Professional Development

Standards-Based Assessment and Grading in Physical Education, K-12

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Includes hundreds of assessment ideas and rubrics for all six national standards. Adaptable to state standards.