The use of graphic organizers (concept mapping) is an effective learning strategy in physical education. Applications such as Kidspiration and Inspiration, both from Inspiration, help students to clarify, conceptualize, and communicate ideas through the development of graphic organizers. The programs allow users to structure their ideas either by creating an outline or using drawing tools. Either way, a graphic is created that represents a concept or a bit of information. Students can use graphic organizers to demonstrate their understanding of physical education concepts. Some of the possible assessment ideas for graphic organizers include:
1. Depicting locomotor and nonlocomotor movements.
2. Depicting the components of health-related fitness.
3. Illustrating fundamental skills used in different sports.
Four popular types of graphic organizers include spider, hierarchy, relationship map, and systems map. The spider is organized by placing the central theme in the center of the map and then adding subthemes around it. The Venn diagram depicts similarities and differences. The relationship map links two or more concepts by words that describe their relationship. For example, volleyball is to team sports as badminton is to individual sports. This helps students learn in a more meaningful manner, taking in new information and integrating it into already known facts and concepts. The last category is the comparison map. This map also depicts similarities and differences.
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Using Bonnie's Fitware Automatic Store
Visit Bonnie's Fitware Store.
1) Click a link to a specific product, use the category list down the left side, or type what you are searching for in the Search box and click Go.
2) Select the product(s) you wish to purchase (digital download version).
3) Complete purchasing information (name, address, credit card information).
4) You will see your product with a download button. Click on the download button. A dialog box will appear. Select Save File and OK. The product downloads to your computer.
8th Grade Invasion Sports Task Cards
Test out our automatic shop by purchasing task cards in small or large bundles. The 8th grade invasion sport task cards includes ninety-five task cards for use in the teaching of an Eighth Grade Invasion Sports unit. Sports include basketball, team handball, soccer, football, and speedaway. Click here for a complete list.
BodyMedia Fit Core - $120; BodyMedia; bodymedia.com
The FitCore fitness tracker is a lightweight band that fits neatly around your upper arm. Its biggest strength is its ability to accurately track calories burned. It also monitors steps taken and sleep duration. However, the Core does not display any information itself, so you need to pay $7 a month to subscribe to the BodyMedia Fit Activity Tracker service or purchase a $69 display, which syncs to the Core.
Terms to Know
Unique number given to a computer or router that identifies it on a network or the internet. Every time you enter a domain name, it's converted by a DNS server to the IP Address of the computer hosting the requested site or the router through which the host computer is connected to the net.
A human readable web address that saves us from remembering the IP addresses of computers we want to access on the internet. It can be broken down into sections, with geographic delimiters (if any) at the end of the address (.uk, .ca, and so on), the domain type is front of that (.com, org. net), and the selected name preceding them both.
Finger Movements for iOS
Take the tip of your finger and lightly press an icon, thumbnail image, song title, or control you see on-screen. The iPad isn't a crusty old calculator, so you don't have to push hard, a gentle touch does the trick.
Keep your fingertip reseed down on the glass and slide it around to scroll to different places on the screen. That's how you adjust volume sliders and pan around a photo. A two-finger drag scrolls a window within a window like the floating window that pops up over your Facebook screen when you call up your Friends list.
A slide is like a drag, except that you use it almost exclusively with one special control - the iPad's Unlock/Confirm button, which sits in a "track" that quires you slide as you wake your iPad from sleep or confirm a total shut-down.
Lightly and quickly whip your finger up or down your screen and watch a web page or song list whiz by in the direction of your flick. The faster you flick, the faster the screen scrolls by. In a photo album, flick side-to-side to see your images parade triumphantly across your screen.
Finger spread and pinch
To zoom in on part of a photo, document, or web page, put your thumb and index finger together, place them on-screen, and them make a spreading motion across the glass. To zoom out, put your spread fingers on-screen and pinch them together.
This two-steppin' tap comes into play in a few situations. First, it serves as a quick way to zoom in on a photo or web page. Second, if you're watching a video, it lets you toggle between aspect ratios - the full screen view (right, top), where the edges of the frame get cropped off, and the widescreen, letterboxes view (right, bottom), which movie lovers favor because that's what the director intended a scene to look like.
Connecting an iOS Device to Apple TV
AirPlay Mirroring is how you iPhone and iPad connect to Apple TV. One your Apple TV and iPhone or iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network, follow these steps:
- Double-click the Home button, so the recently used apps come up along the bottom.
- Swipe fro left to right twice, until you see the volume bar and AirPlay icon.
- Tap the icon to reveal a list of AirPlay-enabled devices on your Wi-Fi network.
- Select your Apple TV, and slide Mirroring to ON if you want the content to show up simultaneously on the TV and your iDevice. If you leave it set to OFF, the content from your iDevice will only show up on the HDTV.
Note that you can also use this same process to connect your iPhone and iPad to any AirPlay-enabled device on your Wi_Fi network.
Check Out These Apps
iFitness features pic, videos, and text instructions for hundreds of exercises. The app also tracks calories for over 90,000 food items, comes with 20 built-in exercise routines, and includes the ability to track multiple users. $0.99
Health Heart 2
Health Heart tracks blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol, blood glucose, potassium and meds. Data can be saved for backup, analysis and sharing with doctors and family members. $0.00
Google Search offers more features than Safari's search box including voice search. $0.00
A free iPad app designed to help children learn about healthy snacks and meals. In the free app students feed healthy foods to a friendly monster. Before each activity students are shown a few healthy foods and they're told a bit about the nutrition and calories of the foods. Then in the activity students tap mystery boxes to find the snacks and drag them to the monster's mouth. Between each activity a short, healthy eating tip is played for students to watch. $0.00
Elementary Spanish Task Cards
Physical Education Standards with Grade Level Outcomes
Check out the new grade level outcomes. We have aligned our instructional software to these outcomes and we are in the process of aligning our curriculum to the new grade level outcomes. Click here for access.
Shayne,R. K., Fogel, V.A., Miltengerger, R. G., & Koehler, S. (2012). The effects of exergaming on physical activity in a third-grade physical education class. Journal Applied Behavioral Analysis, 45(1), 211-215.
Four third-grade boys enrolled in a physical education class participated in the study. The research design included alternating general physical education classes and exergaming. Observers recorded the duration, in seconds, of each student's engagement in physical activity to produce a percentage of time students spent in physical activity for comparison purposes. Time was not recorded when there was no instruction or when transitions occurred between activities. During the general physical education class, the teacher taught their lesson based on the established curriculum. Activities during the general physical education class included basketball, baseball, balancing activities, and a state fitness test. In the exergaming class, the teacher set up nine stations of video games that involved dancing and other movement activities.
Results of the study demonstrated that the percentages of physical activity in a general physical education class and exergaming differed from each other, with exergaming demonstrating a higher percentage of activity levels. Student 1 had an average of 6% during physical education class and 24% for exergaming. Student 2 has an average of 5% of PA in physical education and 33% in exergaming. Student 3 demonstrated similar results with a percentage of 7% in physical education and 31% in exergaming, while the fourth student engaged in 6% of PA during physical education and 41% during exergaming. All four students averaged of 40.2% overall involvement in PA. Observers noted that students were involved in PA 82,5% of the time in exergaming when allied, compared to a 48.8% involvement during physical education class. This shows that students were not only engaged in activity longer but also used more of the allotted time when exergaming than during physical education.
Note: This study only focused on four students - all boys.
Using Technology in Physical Education Podcast
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Join the march to the Olympics. This thirty-page reproducible web-activities booklet provides 15 lessons on the ancient and modern Olympics. The first page for each lesson is a lesson plan for the teacher and the second page is a student worksheet. Student worksheets may be reproduced for student use.
This thirty-page reproducible web-activities booklet provides 15 lessons on health-related fitness. One page describes the lesson and the second page for each lesson is a student worksheet. Student worksheets may be reproduced for student use.
To play a multimedia file in a browser, users must have a third-party program to play the file, Without the right media player, some page content can appear as a blank space that may prompt you to download the missing component. These players are either plug-ins or Active X controls, and some install automatically with the browser or operating system software. A plug-in is a piece of additional software that adds new functionality to the browser. The user might need to restart the browser for the plug-in to work after installing it.
Browsers deal with multimedia files in two ways. Safari, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox extend their capabilities with plug-ins. A list of popular Firefox plug-ins appease at http://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/plugins/. Each browser has a plug-ins folded where these programs are stored.
Microsoft Internet Explorer, on the other hand, uses its ActiveX technology to launch and run multimedia content. ActiveX controls are similar to plug-ins: They install on the user's machine and add the capability to play different file types. Many third-party browser extensions come as both plug-ins and ActiveX controls to accommodate all browser types. An Active X control usually installs itself in the background and does not require the user to restart the browser afar installation. The ActiveX controls installed in my copy of Internet Explorer (use the Tools, Manage Add-Ons, Enable or Disable Add-ons command in Internet Explorer).
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Q and A
Q: What are Google Alerts?
A: Google Alerts(alerts.google.com) are compiled lists of articles and websites, sent to you in the form of e-mails when Google finds new results - such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs - that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the web. For your next classroom research project, imagine having Google search for the latest information on the Web. This is basically how it works:
- Enter a query in Google Alerts that you're researching.
- Google Alerts checks on a scheduled basis to see if there are new results for your query.
- When there are new results, Google Alerts sends you an e-mail with the new information.
The Internet will become increasingly useful in medical diagnoses. Even when they have only a handful of vague symptoms to work with, algorithms are useful in remotely diagnosing infections diseases. Though not yet as reliable as doctors and lab tests, algorithms can be extremely helpful in making diagnoses and tracking outbreaks in parts of the world where hospitals and sophisticated lab equipment are not easily available. - World Trends & Forecasts, May-June 2013, p.8.
Enhanced super-athletes will need their own Olympic Games. Double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius stunned audiences at the 2012 Summer Olympics when her ran on tow prosthetic legs and far outpaced his "able-bodied" competition. As prosthetics, gene therapy, and nano medicine progress, more athletes with enhanced bodies will emerge, and they, too, will have definitive edges over their non-enhanced counterparts. IN time, the enhanced athletes might form their own separate Olympics, where they will go head to head in feats of strength, endurance, and speed that no "normal" human athlete could match. - Richard Yonck, "On Being Human in a Transhuman Future," Nov-Dec 2012, p. 64.
Full-body firewalls will be necessary to prevent hackers from tampering with your implants. Wireless medical devices designed to manage and monitor drug-delivery systems and other implants are vulnerable to interference. Researchers at Purdue and Princeton universities are developing a medical monitor ( MedMon) designed to identify potentially malicious activity. - Tommorrow in Brief, July-Aug 2012, p. 2.
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Grants and Fundraisers
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.
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.
December Web Sites
Provides animation tools for creating "explainer videos" in the Common Craft (www.commoncraft.com) style.
We Video has the unique feature of offering three levels of complexity to students with different levels of experience and skill. The tool also has a structure to support video editing collaborations.
Explore the sugar content of different foods.
Next Semester for Online Courses
The next semester for online courses starts January 15, 2014. Click here for information on our course offerings.
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.
- Elementary Physical Education Dictionary
- Elementary Manipulative Complete
- Elementary Movement Complete
- Elementary Body Management (Circus/Stunts/Tumbling) Complete
- Elementary Dance Complete
- Elementary Muscle Flash
- Elementary Health Related Fitness
- Middle School Muscle Flash
- High School Muscle Flash
- Health Related Fitness
- Body Management (Circus/Stunts/Tumbling/Gymnastics) Complete
- Dance Complete
- Swimming Complete
- Volleyball Complete
- Softball Complete
- Outdoor Education Complete
- Racket (Tennis, Badminton, Pickleball) Complete
- Invasion (Football, Soccer, Basketball, Speedaway, Ultimate, Team Handball) Complete
- Self Defense Complete
- Golf Complete
- Games Complete
- Problem Solving Complete
- Biomechanics Made Easy
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. These programs include the content found in the grade level outcomes (National Physical Education Standards).
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 http://www.pesoftware.com/ 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.
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
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Includes hundreds of assessment ideas and rubrics for all six national standards. Adaptable to state standards.