News detailing Parker Middle School’s use of PE technology expands beyond local market

April 4, 2017 — Teachers looking for ways to create awareness for their PE programs might follow the example set by the General McLane School District in Erie, Pa.

In early March, the Erie Times profiled the physical education program at James Parker Middle School. Students, the story explained, had begun giving unprecedented effort during class following the introduction of “cool gym devices” – the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors.

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Our view: Cool gym devices combat serious health problem

Originally published online by the Erie Times-News

March 7, 2017

Digital recreation — via cellphone, tablet, computer or video game console — often ranks among the top factors contributing the nation’s growing ranks of overweight and obese children.

Children these days too often amuse themselves while sitting still, not by running, jumping or taking part in other physical activity, like bike riding or swimming. Add to the mix the abundance of fast food and fewer healthy meals being cooked at home and you have the ingredients for a dangerous health trend.

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Schools Use Technology to Improve Gym Classes

As seen in U.S. News & World Report, originally published in the Erie Times-News

March 6, 2017

By DAVID BRUCE, Erie Times-News

EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) — Physical education teachers at Parker Middle School are noticing a little extra hustle from their students.

When a volleyball rolls across the gym floor during drills, several students chase after it. Sometimes they start doing jumping jacks between relay races.

“It’s all about turning their wrist monitors red,” said Heather Karns, a physical education teacher for the General McLane School District.

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