Physical Education

Some ideas …

  • GPS units in orientation, as a high tech pedometer…
  • Dartfish Motion Analysis Software
    Dartfish Motion Analysis Software is being used by leading atheletes and performers worldwide and over 400 schools and colleges in the UK.
    Starting from GBP10.00 for the Basic package, the software is affordable by most schools and easily upgradeable.
  • Skimble
    Skimble, a web based service that helps you track and share your sports activities.
    Skimble is the ultimate companion for your active life. With the mission inspire active lifestyles, Skimble provides a location-based, social iPhone and web application to help you plan, track and discover activities nearby and far.
    Use Skimble to can connect with other active people and share your achievements with friends.
    Skimble will automatically remember your Personal Bests and help you monitor your progress over time.
    The EyeToy is a digital camera device for the PlayStation 2 similar to a webcam. The camera is manufactured by Logitech, although newer Eye Toys are manufactured by Nam Tai. The camera is mainly used for playing Eye Toy games developed by Sony and other companies. It also features a built in microphone. It is not intended for use as a normal PC camera, although some people have developed unofficial drivers for it.

Below are some other examples taken from the Becta site.

How to incorporate ICT into the teaching of physical education

How can you ensure that pupils are still being active in PE lessons?

Here are some examples:

1. Using a pedometer in orienteering

Pedometers are great exercise partners! As a clip-on accessory, the device counts steps, distance and speed. Some models also display heart rate or time as they count. In orienteering, they can:

  • support pupils’ self-pacing calculations
  • offer techniques for estimating distances
  • help pupils to undertake courses appropriate to their levels of skill and fitness
  • set targets to challenge pupils
  • provide opportunities for pupils to assess their learning
  • support the teaching of appropriate orienteering techniques.

And any pupil using a pedometer is being physically active!

2. Using a CD-ROM in basketball

Various commercial and free CD-ROMs are available to schools covering a range of sports and activities. They can:

  • support pupils undertaking coaching roles in lessons
  • provide a model of good technique
  • help pupils with specific needs
  • engage pupils in their learning.

For example, in a basketball lesson, the CD-ROM could be put on a laptop in a safe position in the sports hall or gymnasium. It would enable pupils who are learning a shot not only to gain coaching points, but also to see animations of how the shot should be executed. Pupils can learn at their own pace, and select and apply the information they need to progress.

3. Using video delay software in trampolining

Visual analysis systems are becoming more common in PE departments. Several now include ‘delay’ software which replays a live performance: This technology:

  • gives instant feedback
  • enables pupils to evaluate their own performances
  • provides opportunities for appropriate personal questioning
  • engages pupils, resulting in less whole class intervention.

For example, a pupil can perform a 10-bounce sequence on the trampoline and then view the whole sequence after they dismount. While they are doing this, the next pupil can be recorded and their performance watched when finished. There is no disruption to the lesson pace and the visual feedback gives pupils a better understanding of how they can improve.

4. Using a digital still camera in gymnastics

Digital still cameras are valuable tools for enabling pupils to capture and share their work – and current prices mean that they should be within the reach of all PE departments.

Consider how digital cameras:

  • allow pupils to identify and select good practices or techniques
  • help create relevant work/task cards
  • can easily be incorporated into a variety of software
  • incur no cost in discarding unsuitable pictures.

For example, in gymnastics, pupils can use digital still cameras to capture a variety of individual or partner balances. These can then be:

  • transferred onto computers for printing out or incorporating into presentation programs
  • put in a pupil’s folder on the school network.

Printing out pictures creates task cards which pupils can use in later lessons. Interactive presentations can be developed by putting photos into different software packages. These can then be used to create coaching resources, or the photos to highlight pupils’ work on the school website.

S-Cool Revision
GCSE, A Level and AS Level revision for a range of subjects, including Physical Education.

Get Your Kit On
The BBC’s Get Your Kit On campaign aims to help you get involved in the sport that interests you for leisure, fun, health or competition.

A healthy lifestyle initiative with a unique dual approach: promoting enjoyable, healthy eating combined with increased moderate physical activity. Foodfitness is based on the philosophy that a healthy lifestyle is fun, easily achievable and affordable.

Dr Pribut’s Running Injuries Page
A specialist on sports podiatric medicine, Dr Pribut offers advice on how to prevent and manage sports injuries.

Create Swimming programmes to suit your lifestyle, whether swimming for fun, fitness or sport. Includes over 130 downloadable sessions, an online logbook to record your swims and much more. Registration required, but this is free.

The Fitness Jumpsite
Your connection to a lifestyle of fitness, nutrition and health with an extensive library of articles to get you motivated to exercise.

Prime Start
An initiative by Neath Rugby Club to raise awareness in children on the importance of good nutrition, hydration, hygiene and an active lifestyle.

Cycle Smart
Learn how to ride smart, stay safe while riding and how to maintain your bike and keep it running smoothly.

Ray’s Football Programme Virtual Museum
A fascinating slice of football history with images and information on football programmes dating back to the 1940s.

It’s Up to You
Discover the link between food and exercise and its importance in staying fit and healthy.

Raise Your Game
What could you achieve? What’s stopping you? Top athletes show you how to succeed both on and off the sports field.

BBC Sport Academy
Feature-packed site from the BBC where the stars show how to get the most out of your chosen sport.

GCSE Bitesize – Physical Education
Revision exercises from the BBC.

BBC Sport
The latest news and scores from the world of sport. Sports
Choose your sport – from amateur wrestling to gymnastics to world soccer – there’s enough articles and information here to fill a stadium.

Health Windows Junior
Your guide to the best health information on the Web with all the latest information you need to stay healthy.

MTB Review
The number one mountain bike community on the Web.

Skateboard Science
The techniques of skateboarding explained and an introduction to skateboard design and construction.

The Science of Cycling
Why is the bicycle the most efficient form of travel? How do your muscles work? What is a gear ratio? Pedal this way…

Sports and Nutrition
Nutritional guides for young athletes aimed at optimising performance levels.

Encyclopedia Britannica
The complete Encyclopedia Britannica, plus related magazines, books and links to the world’s best Web sites.

Sports Coach
Brian Mackenzie, the Senior UK Athletics Coach shares his knowledge on a variety of training topics, from conditioning and injury protection to massage and food supplements.

A resource for links to clubs, news and any sites related to English football.

Doctor Squat
Tired of getting sand kicked in your face? The good doctor is at hand to prescribe advice on powerlifting, weight training and general fitness.

Physical Education Lesson Plans
Dozens of PE lesson plans to whip your pupils into shape.

Sports Media
An interactive site for PE teachers, coaches, students and everyone interested in PE, fitness and sports.

The Tennis Server
Centre court for tennis on the Internet.

Women’s Sports Page
An index to women’s and girls’ sports pages on the Web.

Runners World
The world’s leading running Web site.

World Squash
Site devoted to the game of squash.

USA Gymnastics
Official site for gymnastics in the United States.

Sports Injuries
Sporting injuries and their treatments from Mobilis Healthcare.


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