The Health & Physical Educator's iPad
Apps, Accessories & Tips
by KEN FELKER
2014, 84 full color pages, $17.95
The first Apple iPad was released on April 3, 2010. Despite relying on the 185,000 iPhone apps that were available at that time, it quickly became apparent to teachers that the iPad would become a game-changer in the classroom. They were right. By February 2013, sales of the Apple iPad to schools exceeded 8,000,000 and in October 2013, the number of apps in the Apple App Store hit the 1,000,000 milestone with 475,000 of those designed especially for the iPad. There are three things to consideer when searching for apps. First, you rarely find that "perfect app" so learn to modify how the app will be used, and alter it as you would other classroom resources and methodologies.
Secondly, the technique "App Smashing" is growing in popularity. This is the use of multiple apps capable of sharing information in one format or another with the goal of satisfying the project objectives. App smashing supports the concept of flipped classrooms, enhances student technology skills and provides a platform for the creation of dynamic results.
Finally, lessons must include sound planning, effective implementation, and relevant assessment. Each of these may be addressed by selecting apps that correspond to the specific level of Bloom's Taxonomy that you wish to engage. According to Bloom, the goal is to develop foundational thinking skills as students move toward higher order thinking skills (HOTS). These skills are remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating; there are many iPad apps that help students develop each of these skills. A sample of apps and the skills that are required to master each is presented in this book. Remember, instructional tools only become effective when they are used by master teachers.
This book is organized into four sections. The first section includes 15 apps that can be useful to teachers of all disciplines. The second section features 15 apps that are specific to physical education and health. Section three highlights ten accessories, cables, software, and websites that greatly expand the uses and applications of the iPad in education. Swction four provides the reader with 18 tips. This book isn't designed to read from cover to cover. Look over the table of contents and choose the app that catches your attention and read further. Note that all iPad Apps and accessories featured in this book were examined and selected for their effectiveness, ease of use, features and relevance.
Section 1—Teacher Apps
App #1: Board Cam Pro App #2: Inspiration App #3: PDF Pen for iPad App #4: iTunes U App #5: iCardSort App #6: Pearltrees App #7: Flashcards+ App #8: AudioNote—Notepad and Voice Recorder App #9: Box App #10: Viceolicious App #11: remind101 App #12: Tellagami App #13: Planbook.com App #14: Flipboard App #15: Sporcle
Section 2—Physical Education & Health Apps
App #1: Geocashing App #2: Smash Your Food App #3: iTooch - 6th Grade Health App #4: MapMyWalk App #5: Anatomy 3D: Organs App #6: Sworkit Pro App #7: Workout in a Bag App #8: Kettlebell 360 App #9: Health Ed Buddy App #10: iDance App #11: Stats of the Union App #12: CoachNote App #13: TGfU Games PE App #14: Fooducate App #15: PE Activities
Section 3—iPad Accessories & More
Swivl for iPad Reflector Blue Spark Digital Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Makayama Universal Mobile Movie System Liverscribe 3 ZaggKeys Profolio+ Keyboard Fifty Three Pencil PolarGoFit Tinke
Section 4—21 iPad tips & Tricks
Tip #1: See Time Stamps in iMessage Tip #2: Close Running Apps in Multitasking Tip #3: Change Text Size Tip #4: Access Control Center Tip #5: Universal Search Tip #6: Conserve Battery Tip #7: View Calendar in List View Tip #8: Update Apps in the Background Tip #9: Create Folders for Apps Tip #10: Send an iMessage as a Text Tip #11: Use AirDrop to Share Photos Tip #12: Shoot Pictures in Burst Mode Tip #13: Walking Directions in Maps Tip #14: Manage iCloud Backup Tip #15: Set Up Personal Hotspot Tip #16: Personalize Siri Tip #17: Print from the iPad Tip #18: Download the iPad User's Guide
ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . .
Ken Felker, Professor of Health and Physical Education at Edinboro University, has peronally used and integratted technology into physical education and health classes for more than 30 years. He was named Edinboro University technology Scholar in 2004, and has published and presented nationally and internationally on numerous technologies and their educational application throughout his career. Dr. Felker currently serves as Health and Physical Education Curriculum Specialist for Learning & Leading with Technology, a journal of the International Society for Technology Education. He was selected as the 1998 Pennsylvania Health Educator of the Year, the 1999 Eastern District AAHPERD Outstanding Health professional, and was a finalist for the National Health Educator of the Year in 1999. In 2006, Dr. Felker received the PSAAHPERD Cottrell Award, and was honored in 2009 with the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning.
Other books authored by Dr. Felker include:
- Integrating Technology into Physical Education & Health, 5th Edition (2013)
- Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers (2013)
- 61 Essential iPad Apps, Accessories & Tips for Teachers, Physical Education & Health Edition (2013)
- 61 Essential iPad Apps, Accessories & Tips for Teachers, Science Edition (2014)