Apps We Use: Blue Jay Bridge
by Joey Feith
Name: Blue Jay Bridge
Where do you teach? HGI Middle School in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Desktop Computer/OS: Windows PC
Mobile Devices: iPod and iPad
Preferred Browser: Safari and Firefox
Twitter has allowed me to share in ways that I’ve never been able to before. It’s allowed me to share with more people than I’ve ever been able to share with. It’s allowed me to to just watch as incredible educators have professions discussions with each other. I love twitter!
This is a great app for playing music in your classes. It has many pre-made playlists. My favourite for my physed classes is Today’s Pop Hits (clean lyrics). This playlist is updated every month or so to the latest top 40 songs and has the radio edits of all the songs so you know the lyrics will be appropriate.
This app, created by Jarrod Robinson, allows you to set up workout intervals along with rest intervals. You can then import your music so it’ll play when your students are in a workout interval and the music will pause when the students are in a rest interval. This is great for activities like circuit training, station work and carousel learning where you want to be floating between groups and giving feedback without having to be focused on watching the clock so you move the students to the next station at the desired time.
Show Me makes your iPad an interactive whiteboard, much like a Smartboard. Show Me allows you to record your voice while showing the visual of your lesson. These can be recorded and saved for playback by yourself or your students at any time. This ability to rematch your lessons can be great for students who were away from school or require the lesson again in order to gain the understanding of the topic that was being taught.
I wrote a more detailed explanation of the way I’ve used Show Me on my blog.
I use WordPress to write blogs about my teaching. This has proven to be very beneficial in reflecting on my practice and has allowed me to share with other teachers about success that I’ve experienced in my teaching.
MyFitnessPal is a free online resource that allows you to log in the foods that you are eating and any exercise you are doing and the site will track all of your caloric intake and calories burnt. I’ve used this site with my high school students during our nutrition units.
Many of my students are surprised to learn that due to their high basal metabolism and high activities levels many of them are not eating enough calories with enough of the required vitamins and nutrients.
So that’s it for this second “Apps We Use” post. Would you like to share some of your favourite apps with the #physed community? Fill out our “Apps We Use” Google Form and we will feature your post in an upcoming week!
Thanks for reading and happy teaching!
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