IDEA schools thrive academically while implementing new PE technology

May 23, 2017 – IHT congratulates IDEA Public Schools on attaining high academic achievement while maintaining a commitment to deliver physical education programs that motivate students to improve their health and academic performance.

ideaOn May 5, the Washington Post released its 19th annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. IDEA, a system of public charter schools operating throughout Texas, saw five of its campuses rank among the nation’s top nine most academically challenging schools. The Post ranks schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests taken by students and number of graduating seniors in the measured school year.

Frontier College Prep (third), Mission College Prep (fourth), San Juan College Prep (fifth), San Benito College Prep (sixth) and Quest College Prep (ninth) earned high marks for their challenging curriculum. At four of the IDEA campuses, at least 76 percent of the students passed at least one of the AP tests, and both Frontier and San Juan boasted 89 percent passing rates. IDEA’s students found academic success while also participating in a physical education program in they combined to burn 25 million calories while logging 3 million minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

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How to personalize PE for students using heart rate data

Nov. 30, 2016

After three months of working with the IHT Zone 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

IDEA’s use of IHT Spirit System featured by local CBS affiliate

Nov. 17, 2016IDEA

Last spring, IDEA Public Schools partnered with IHT to use our Spirit System and new IHT Zone wrist heart rate monitors to assess and improve student health.

For at least one student at IDEA’s San Juan College Prep campus, the new technology came at the perfect time. ValleyCentral 4, the local CBS affiliate, featured the school’s use of the Spirit System in a story by Patrick Chalvrie about high rates of obesity and diabetes in the Rio Grande Valley.

IDEA College Prep creates new physical education program to combat childhood obesity


It’s well known that obesity and diabetes cases are high in the valley. A big way to help lower those numbers is getting young children involved in a healthy lifestyle early on. One valley school is doing just that and its already helping save lives.

A year ago, seventh-grader Mariel Lugo weighed 240 pounds and was pre-diabetic.

Her uncle began to train her every day, around the same time IDEA College Prep San Juan implemented a new physical education program.

“We decided to go with a non-traditional sport aspect, just go get everyone a fair chance at playing and with that came the exercise,” said PE Teacher Erny Gutierrez.

With the routine similar to CrossFit, the school brought in Interactive Health Technologies Spirit. IHT introduces grade schools students to the tools and resources to a healthier lifestyle.

A computer monitors a student’s progress, allowing teachers to efficiently track each of the students’ performance in PE class.

“They begin to see it themselves and they no longer need the motivation. They understand like, ‘Wow. I am doing something and it is working and in the long run I’m gonna benefit from this,” said PE Teacher Luis Guardiola.

More than 3,000 children in the Valley are classified as Type 2 diabetic, according to the South Texas Juvenile Diabetes Association. More than 1,700 are classified as Type 1.






IHT Advisory Summit brings PE leaders, administrators together for day of discovery

July 18, 2016

By Jen Ohlson

IHT Founder and President Jen Ohlson speaking at the summit

IHT held its first Advisory and Innovation Summit in Austin. Physical education teachers, school administrators, foundation managers and state PE coordinators joined us for a day of conversation, demonstration and – most importantly – sharing as we work to create a better PE experience for students.

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IDEA implements IHT Spirit System across vast network

Tue, 10 Jun 2016
Being one of IHT’s newer partners hasn’t kept IDEA Public Schools from establishing some lofty goals for itself. Then again, for a school system that aims to – and does – send 100 percent of its high school graduates to college, aiming high is hardly unexpected. Read More