Bermuda turns to IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily PE feedback

Feb. 24, 2017 – Searching for an effective way to motivate students to take personal responsibility for their fitness through physical education, Bermuda’s Ministry of Education turned to the IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily feedback showing how their physical activity level compared to their goals.

Bermuda FeedbackWhen implementing new education technology, making sure teachers receive the proper training and professional development is essential to a successful start. Bermuda’s teachers and coordinators went through multi-faceted training on IHT’s adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the Spirit System Assessment Measures software suite last week. 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

Mass. state association to measure student SEL progress

Feb. 9 – With its Board of Education focusing on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts physical education teachers will soon have a way to quantify how students master those essential skills.

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Students enjoy a pleasant conversation during PE class at Indian Springs Elementary (Texas).

IHT and the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) have integrated SEL protocols into IHT’s Spirit Assessment Measures software. Teachers at 79 participating schools can now assess how students master SEL skills and report the results of those assessments to state leaders, including MAHPERD Executive Director Maria Melchionda. Read More

Indian Springs uses FitFest to purchase new PE technology

FitFestFeb. 1, 2017 – Hoping to raise money to add to the PE technology it can offer students, Indian Springs Elementary (San Antonio, Texas) hosted the second IHT Spirit FitFest powered by adidas Friday.

More than 500 students got to use new adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors. Students as young as second grade became transfixed on the computer screen as they glimpsed a graph of their heart rate data during class. Even the young students could understand their effort by simply checking the color displays on the monitor. 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