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App Review: Moves

Category: CPD
Platform: iOS, Android, Web
Price: Free

What is it?

While its function is simple Moves is more than just a pedometer. This brand new app automatically records any walking, running or cycling that you do during your day. Once you turn it on you just leave it running in the background and it will keep track of your movement during the day. Just leave your iPhone in your pocket or bag and away you go.
Moves gives you statistics on number of steps, time in movement and distance as well as a Storyline of your day. It will show your route on a map, as well as giving you the opportunity to check in at places where you spend significant time. The app also detected that I was on public transport .

What are the app’s best features?

The app is cleanly designed and gives a beautiful representation of your daily movement. It provides easy to read information and I particularly like the Storyline feature. which enables you to see where you have been and when on a timeline and map.

Where does the app fall short?

With any app that relies on location tracking battery drainage is always going to be an issue. I have been using Moves for a week now and surprisingly it has not been to bad. By the end of the day my battery is low, but with normal phone use it still has not died on me yet. Encouraging signs so far.

How is it useful for #physed?

Moves is perfect for #PhysEd. This app could be used to track activity levels of students in a single lesson, over a day or even a week. This data could help students make judgements about their daily activity levels and be the catalyst for some lifestyle improvements. Taking it further it could be used to track walking/running time and distance during a competitive game of sport. I am excited to see how Team #PhysEd members use this app in the future.

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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