Sunday, March 8, 2015

High Tech Physical Education: Target Heart Rate Monitoring by Kory McMahon

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Final Project for EDT 505 submitted by Kory McMahon:

Welcome to my 3rd and 4th grade Spring Fitness Unit!  From the beginning of the school year I infuse fitness concepts and terms daily into the physical education curriculum.  In 3rd and 4th grade students will routinely check their pulse during physical activity, and compare it to the posted target heart rate zone in the gym.

In this fitness unit students will be using a mobile Smart board, the mobile laptop lab, digital heart rate watches, and possibly a heart rate or pulse bar as a backup in case the watch fails to work.  The introduction for the spring fitness unit has a brief video tutorial on how to put on and use the digital heart rate watches.  The video also explains how to correctly keep track of heart rate data from the various fitness stations on a group worksheet.  Students will access a second video tutorial on the mobile Smart board that explains how to transfer their data from their worksheet into an Excel spreadsheet using the laptop computers.  They will follow directions on how to personalize the heart rate chart and eventually print out their own copy which they will use to have discussions with their classmates, and later parents.

This unit is a great way to integrate technology into physical education, reinforce fitness concepts and terms, and connect with parents about one of the most important themes being taught.

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