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New IHT Spirit Mobile App extends adidas ZONE heart rate training beyond school walls

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, IHT released its newest tool to further personalize physical education for every student: the IHT Spirit Mobile App.

The new mobile app, available as a free download through the Google Play and iOS App stores, enables users to take part in physical education classes and workouts connected to the IHT Spirit System® outside of the traditional school day and classroom. By controlling their adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors on their mobile phones, students connect back to classroom workouts or track workouts they design themselves.  

IHT worked closely with adidas to develop a mobile app that takes the monitors beyond the classroom. A growing number of students fulfill their physical education requirement outside of the traditional classroom setting. More than 55 percent of U.S. school systems offer students the opportunity to take physical education as part of a virtual learning program. Read More

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Ann Arbor adaptive PE students use HRMs to manage their health

July 19, 2017 – A teacher’s unique use of heart rate monitors helped Ann Arbor, Mich., adaptive physical education students learn to manage their health during the school day.

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Deak Swearingen (right) with colleague Gloria O’Neill.

During a pilot program directed by Ann Arbor Public Schools Adaptive Physical Education Teacher Consultant Deak Swearingen, 30 students wore the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit heart rate monitors during their PE classes. While many students have health issues — some severe — and cognitive disabilities, Swearingen saw unexpected success with students learning to self-manage.

I wasn’t sure the monitors would be able to teach [self-management] because I wasn’t sure that my students would have the cognitive ability to grasp it,” Swearingen said. “It’s something I’m extremely excited about.” Read More

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

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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