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#PEGeeks Project Unveiled!

June 20, 2012

As some of you may know, I’ve been working on a personal #PEGeeks/#PhysEd project since the month of February.  As of today, it is 75% complete.  It is likely a month away from completion, which would make this project 5 months long.  Thus far, I’ve generated 150 diagrams on the computer in addition to typing approximately 30000 words – 50 diagrams and 10000 words short of the final product.

Without further ado, I present to you a sneak peek of my first ever mobile application – TGfU Games for Elementary PE:

Of course, I should elaborate on a few quick points:

1) I am aware that Pursuit & Evade is not a “true” TGfU game category; however, I felt the need to incorporate this category within the application.

2) Each category contains 40 games suitable for grades K – 6.  Most of the games can be adapted to suit younger and older students alike.

3) Using some simple math, 40 games in each category multiplied by 5 categories, the TGfU Games for Elementary PE application will contain over 200 games!  They will first be categorized by grade level followed by alphabetical order.  After release (fingers crossed), there will be an option to submit your own games to add to the database.  If you have the app, this will be updated automatically for you without the need to install updates every time a game is added.  Any submissions I receive will be added to the database in the appropriate category with the name of the individual who submitted it

4) Each document will contain the following information: Title of the game, recommended grade levels, equipment needed, tactical problems (as per the TGfU approach), rules of play, safety, variations/progressions, and a diagram.

This is my first ever attempt at a mobile application.  I’ve had a lot of fun and there have been plenty of challenges along the way and I’m nearly at the finish line.  As previously mentioned, my goal is to complete my work by the end of July and have it approved by Apple before the start of the new school year.

Additionally, I’d like to specify that although this app is designed via the Teaching Games for Understanding approach, these games could be used regardless of the teaching model you implement and can further be used in other domains such as camp counselors, activity specialists, so on and so forth.

Please let me know what your thoughts are concerning the TGfU Games for Elementary PE application.  Do you see yourself using it?  Any particular features or elements that you’d like to see? Would you find it useful to have access to a 200+ TGfU game database at the palm of your hand without the need for internet access?

As always, thank you for your continued feedback and support!

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4 Comments
  1. Matt permalink

    So where are you currently at with this app? Will it be available on android?

  2. Hey Matt!

    So far, it’s been out on iOS devices since October 1st. I’ve tried converting the app for Android, but it’s a little easier said than done as both systems don’t play well with one another! That being said, this being my 1st app, I am hoping I can bring TGfU Games PE to Android devices sooner rather than later – hopefully the learning curve isn’t too steep!

    Nicholas

  3. Hey Matt!

    I know that this comes a year later, but TGfU Games PE is finally available for Android devices here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tgfugamespe

    Thanks to people like you, it was possible to make it happen. 🙂

    -Nicholas

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