My friend who is a PE teacher told me about ‘TGfU Games PE’ app and how she has been using it extensively since its release. What is so special about the app? Many a time, you must have thought of conducting new activities and games in your classroom, but nothing might have worked out. This is a unique app that certainly helps all PE teachers as it has a lot of games and activities under different TGfU categories. This modern approach to teaching games allows students to understand how a game works and what role they play in a team.
This handy iPad app is a great resource for PE teachers who want to follow the TgfU (Teaching Games for Understanding) method of teaching. This app features over 200 games that are very different from the traditional PE games. It has games under different categories for students in each grade. The app is available in the App Store in the Education category.
TGfU Games PE consists of games suitable for kids from kindergarten to 6th grade. The games are classified into 6 different categories based on the TGfU curriculum model: Pursuit/Evade, Invasion/Territorial, Net/Wall, Striking/Fielding, Target/Misc and By Sport. You can also easily navigate through the 6 categories of games and activities using the alphabetic listing. The Pursuit/Evade category lists games according to grade levels. Under the ‘By Sport’ category you can find plenty of games ranging from badminton to volleyball.
Each and every individual game/activity is explained very clearly in a game sheet along with a diagram. It has all the information that is needed for a teacher to set up the game and keep the students engaged and active. The game sheet tells us about the recommended grades for the activities, equipment required, tactical problems in the game, variations and progressions of the game, rules of play and safety measures required. You can also look for additional games corresponding to a sport in the database.
Do you know any other interesting game? You are free to share them with other PE instructors by contributing to the existing database. The app has a unique creative approach that helps kids learn various analytical skills easily. Each game provides detailed instructions, helping kids develop an in depth understanding. Using the games listed under different categories, physical education teachers can certainly develop robust training sessions for kids that will involve physical and mental development.
I noticed that the diagrammatic representations in the game cannot be easily understood by a non-PE teacher. The developer can think of creating similar apps that would help teachers of other subjects make use of the TGfU method.
TGfU Games PE costs $1.99 and requires iOS 4.3 or later versions. The app is also compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch.
Price : $1.99