Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Software: Fatworld

FATWORLD is a video game about the politics of nutrition. It explores the relationships between obesity, nutrition, and socioeconomics in the contemporary U.S. The game's goal is not to tell people what to eat or how to exercise, but to demonstrate the complex, interwoven relationships between nutrition and factors like budgets, the physical world, subsidies, and regulations. Existing approaches to nutrition advocacy fail to communicate the aggregate effect of everyday health practices. It's one thing to explain that daily exercise and nutrition are important, but people, young and old, have a very hard time wrapping their heads around outcomes five, 10, 50 years away.

This is a new program we are looking at using in our health classes to help our young people make better decisions and choices about life style. It is a free program that you have to download. They have both pc and mac downloads.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Software Evaluations of Polar Heart Rate Monitors

Polar has software that goes with the watches so that workouts can be downloaded and analyzed by students and PE teachers.

It's called Polar ProTrainer 5 Software. You try it for free for thirty days or you can buy it for $79.69. It can only be used on a Windows operating system, which is a draw back. It can be purchased as a single user or group.

This is a very good software that goes along with the watches, but the watches themselves can be expensive ranging from $150-300 for the ones that are compatible with the software.

With this software students are able to download workouts and program workouts that they designed into their watches. The software is fairly easy for anyone to use and their is support provided online or by phone. Teachers and students can print off reports of individual workouts or a semesters worth with charts and graphs that help students and parents understand what benefits are gain from various activities.

I would not recommend this software unless you already have the polar watches that can record the workouts to be downloaded to the software.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Assistive Technologies

There are many ways that technology can assist families and teachers. A basic feature of apple computers that many people many not know about is the text-to-speech app. Once the feature is activated all one has to do is highlight text from any application on your screen and it will be read out loud by the computer. This could be with students with hearing problems. Teachers notes or student notes could be download and then with headphones could be listened to.

I also recently learned about an application call Proloquo2Go is product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, close to 8000 up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a large default vocabulary, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Talk to Me Technologies is a local store that assists people with significant speech impairments in obtaining assistive communication technology known as “augmentative communication” or AAC.

PE Central is website that offers lessons, ideas, and suggestions on various sport activities for students with special needs.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Teen Health & Wellness

Teen Health & Wellness is a website that I found AEA 267's website. I found this to be a very relevant website that can help me out as resource for teaching, as I am 6-12 physical educator at Iowa's Research and Development School, formerly Malcolm Price Lab School.

I am unable to have access to the website for the time being, but I like the layout of the website it was simple to see the links to various topics it covered on teen health and wellness issues.

There are more that fifteen topics ranging from drugs and alcohol to safety issues that any PE or health educator could access to help them increase their knowledge or find resources to use in their classes.