Thursday, 11 March 2010

Interactive Mountain Biking - making PE even more fun...

Working with numerous students, and teachers, PE often comes into conversations. There is no doubt that many schools across the UK are working really hard to engage those students who "don't like PE". One of the things that they are doing is a variety of new or different activities, or approaching things in different ways.

The use of technology is also increasing, through gym equipment, digital cameras, laptops right through to external dance machines... - all good really.
However I was very taken recently by some new equipment by Trixter - a company I had not come across before, but who I met at this years BSEC Conference. What they have done is create an interactive mountain bike programme by attaching a screen( and other kit) to an exercise bike. Of course they can be linked so a number of people can race together. I am sure that it is much more complex than this! It looks really good, really relevant, gives useful data and feedback on performance, as well as being just great fun. I am sure that many students would just love it, and staff for thar matter! (for me to talk about PE is rare.... very rare!) comtinued below....
Trixter's website features a range of kit as you would expect, but interestingly it also features some case-studies of schools using them. continued below...
I rarely promote companies - but this piece of kit by Trixter really did catch my eye. Probably not surprising that some commercial gyms like Virgin Active have already grabbed some... why shouldn't students have access to them as well?

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