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Rachel Surprenant holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from Université de Montréal and a Master of Education from Université de Sherbrooke. She has been teaching physical education at the college level for 8 years and has been a teacher at Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu for 5 years. To have students exercise more, Rachel explores different possibilities: technological tools, emotions felt during the activity, etc. Teaching remains a field that she finds inspiring, year after year.

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Published September 2, 2020

Physical education: a mobile application validates and stimulates physical activity outside the classroom

Rachel Surprenant Teacher, Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Can free mobile applications such as Runkeeper and Runtastic help ensure that students in  the 103 Physical Education class are engaging in the physical activity they are supposed to outside of class? This is what I believe after testing it with my students and studying the topic for my master's essay [in French]. By also asking my students to send me pictures of themselves while they do their physical activity, I get authentic results and, most importantly, I make the course more motivating for the students.

Physical Education