Apple’s Health App in PE class
Type of Technology: iPhone app (Apple’s Health app)
SAMR Model: Augmentation
Grade Level: K-12
Subject Areas: Physical Education, Health
Description: The all-new Apple Health app has been redesigned to make it easier to learn about health and start reaching physical activity goals. I find that my students’s lives are mostly sedentary so my goal is to make them aware of the need for physical activity and how they can easily keep track of their work and progress.
This semester, my students and I have been using the iPhone built-in Health app in my PE class as part of the four-part healthy prescription that I teach to my Health and PE students.
Since most of my PE students have an iPhone, which is preloaded with Apple’s Health App, they now have easier access to health data and don’t have to purchase a third-party hardware/software program. The app keeps track of the number of steps students take, the miles they have traveled in a day (and then keeps the data indefinitely), and they can track other data as well such as sleep patterns.
Prior to leaving the classroom, students log their “steps” data into their PE Data Worksheet along with blood pressure and pulse rate. For now, we have been logging the information on paper, but since we are a 1:1 iPad school, we are going to change that. I’d like to use a Google Form so that the data is collected on a spreadsheet or have them directly enter the information into a Google Sheet.
After they participate in a walking or basketball activity, students return to the classroom and log in their additional steps and pulse rate data.
Now that students have collected a good amount of data, my next step is going to be to teach my students how to incorporate the data into a spreadsheet format and introduce graphing concepts to teach cross-curriculum concepts. The Health app has created a new level of competition in my students as they are much more motivated to increase their PE workouts. They like seeing who can get the most steps.