Spirit System personalizes learning for students highlighted by 6 key seconds of coaching every day

March 2, 2017 – Within six seconds following a physical education class, teachers using the IHT Spirit System already have important data necessary to evaluate that day’s workout and help motivate each student to improve in the next workout.

The importance of the feedback is immeasurable, as Bill Gates pointed out in a 2013 TED talk about supporting teachers. Students benefit from that as well, especially the personalized feedback they receive through IHT’s Spirit Software. Students get two looks at an analysis of their workout immediately after completing a workout, the first coming as they return their adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors following class. Read More

Springdale (Ark) Public Schools switch PE assessment platforms at all 30 campuses

Nov 3, 2016 

Physical education teachers need better ways to assess student performance, and Robert Ferguson found a better way for teachers in Springdale (Ark.) Public Schools.

Springdale had utilized FitnessGram® software to track assessments of the President’s Youth Fitness Program. Ferguson, Springdale’s Health, PE and Safety Coordinator, said teachers experienced frustrations similar to those that our new partner in Bermuda had experienced. Read More

Students motivated by wearing heart rate monitors during PE

Jan. 26, 2017 – Ridge View (Holstein, Iowa) High School physical educators Justin Kinney and Matt Best introduced adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors to their physical education classes in December, hoping to motivate students they feared simply went through the motions during class.

One month later, any concerns the teachers had about student motivation have vanished. Read More

P.E. plays key role in academic readiness

Dec. 26, 2016

Data confirming the direct correlation between active, healthy students and academic achievement continues to mount, further demonstrating the growing importance that physical education plays in schools.

“Physical activity can have both immediate and long-term benefits on academic performance,” a report published by Active Living Research found in 2015. “Almost immediately after engaging in physical activity, children are better able to concentrate on classroom tasks, which can enhance learning.” Read More

How to personalize PE for students using heart rate data

Nov. 30, 2016

After three months of working with the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors during his classes, physical educator Pedro Espinosa gave himself some important homework for the Thanksgiving school holiday. He vowed to add new heart rate data to each of his students’ records inside the IHT Spirit System in order to make each student’s PE experience more personalized.

personalizeBy utilizing each student’s resting (RHR) and max (MHR) heart rates along with gender, height and weight, Espinosa – and any teacher utilizing the IHT Spirit System – can assess student performance based solely on that student’s individual profile, bringing the national trend of personalized learning into PE. Read More