Showing posts with label Athletics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Athletics. Show all posts

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Faster, Higher, Stronger - History of Olympic Records

The Evolving Olympic Athlete is a set of interactive images depicting the changes in Olympic athletic records from 1896 to 2008. Visitors to the site can click through each image to see the decline in race times for running and swimming events. Visitors can also click through to see increases in distances for jumping and throwing events.

Applications for Education
The Evolving Olympic Athlete could be a nice little resource for prompting students to think about why race times have consistently decreased over time and throwing distances have increased.

I learned about The Evolving Olympic Athlete from Larry Ferlazzo who has a great list of resources for teaching and learning about the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Video - The Science of Barefoot Running

One of my younger brothers owns a small running company and is a fairly competitive distance runner so I've asked him a couple of times why some people choose to run barefoot. He's explained it to me a couple of times, but this video from NPR provides a good visual of the difference in foot movement between running with shoes and running without shoes.

Applications for Education
This video could be a good little visualization to use in an anatomy and physiology lesson.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Score Feeder - Share School Sports News

If you have ever coached a school sports team, you have probably tried to call in results to a local newspaper's sports desk. I did that for the two years that I coached middle school basketball and sometimes I got the person I needed to speak to and other times I didn't. Score Feeder aims to correct that problem.

Score Feeder is a free service that coaches and or athletic directors can use to submit scores to multiple news outlets at once. When you use the service you enter scores once and they're submitted to all of the outlets that you've specified. In your account you can enter team rosters and re-use them every time you submit scores. In other words, you only have to spell out players' names and numbers once for the whole season instead of trying to spell them over the phone to a local newspaper reporter.

Applications for Education
Score Feeder could be a good time-saving service for busy high school coaches. And by entering the names of your players yourself, you reduce the chances that a newspaper will misspell one of your player's names.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Google Streetview Inside World Cup Soccer Stadiums

Just in time for the start of the World Cup later this week, Google has released new Google Maps Streetview imagery for South Africa. The imagery includes views of the interior of the stadiums in which the World Cup games will be played. As a complement to the Streetview imagery, Google has also released 3D models of the stadiums. The 3D models can be viewed in Google Earth. Watch the video below to learn more about the 3D models.

Explore the inside of FNB Soccer City Stadium below.

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If you're looking for some more World Cup resources, Larry Ferlazzo has created a good list.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google Earth Across the Curriculum
Google Maps Labs - Try the Newest Options
Place Spotting - Challenging Geographic Riddles

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tatango - Free Group Text and Voice Messaging

Tatango is a free group text and voice messaging system. To use Tatango you have to set up and account using your telephone number (currently it only accepts US numbers). Once you have established your free account you can create a group to receive text messages and voicemail messages from you. Text messages can be sent from your computer or from your phone to everyone in your group at once. There is no need to enter multiple numbers, simply text through your Tatango account and everyone in the group gets your message. The same idea applies to voicemail, record one message through your Tatango account everyone in the group can hear it. Your group can have at least 25 members. The test group I created had 25, but it is quite possible that you can have more I just didn't test that capacity.

Applications for Education
The first use I thought of for Tatango was for field trips and sports trips that extend beyond the school day. When I coached basketball it was always difficult to predict when we would return from an away game. When we returned to school we'd always have parents that had been waiting for twenty minutes and parents that would arrive until thirty minutes after we arrived. A service like Tatango would make it easy for the coach or field trip teacher to send a text or voicemail message to all of the parents at once.

Update: Since the original posting of this information, as was pointed out in the comments, Tatango has moved to a fee-based system.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Not Your Typical Football Player

This story has been circulating for a couple of months now. As I was recently reminded that not everyone follows NCAA Football news the way that I do, so I thought that I would share the story with those of you that haven't heard it. Myron Rolle is a football player at Florida State University, a sure-fire early NFL draft pick, and Rhodes Scholar! Rolle has announced that he is going to sit out the NFL draft and go to Oxford instead. In the video below Myron Rolle discusses his future on CNN.

Applications for Education
In this video you hear Myron Rolle discuss why he is choosing Oxford over the NFL. This interview could open the eyes of students who think that athletics is the only reason to go to college or that athletics is the only way to success.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: CaptainU

CaptainU is a new website for high school soccer players hoping to play in college. CaptainU provides a forum for students to market themselves to college coaches and connect with other students hoping to play collegiate soccer, but aren't quite good enough to be recruited by top-tier programs. CaptainU provides students with a host of information about various colleges and their athletic departments.

Application for Education
CaptainU is a resource for guidance counselors, coaches, and athletic directors trying to help student athletes select a college. The information about academics and financial aid present student athletes with a realistic picture of their options. CaptainU is a free service unlike the numerous companies out there that essentially act as marketing agents for high school athletes.

Here is a video introduction to CaptainU's services.

A stroll through CaptainU - Player Edition from CaptainU on Vimeo.