Heart Rate Monitors Motivate Students of All Fitness Levels to Work Toward Goals

Using the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors allows teachers to keep students of all fitness levels engaged in class.

Prior to analyzing student performance with heart rate monitors and IHT’s Spirit System assessment software, teachers could only make subjective assumptions about how hard each student worked during PE class. Students who appeared to be moving throughout class earned full credit while students who appeared to struggle often didn’t.

“The thing I have been so jazzed about is the sense of accomplishment that kids feel,” said Nancy Blake, a PE teacher at Goose Bay Elementary (Wasilla, Alaska). “Especially the kids who don’t always feel like they are the most successful ones in PE.” Read More

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While Administrators Focus on ESSA Funding, Teachers Continue to Seek Other Sources

Teachers searching for funding to purchase technology to improve student wellness find success in a variety of ways.

The US Department of Education allocated more than $1 billion to programs supporting safe and healthy schools through the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2018-19 school year. In local school districts, wellness and PE administrators work with their federal funding departments to request their portion of that funding.

While administrators seek out federal funding, teachers remain focused on discovering funding opportunities on a more local level. With its ability to teach students the lifelong health benefits of exercising at an elevated heart rate, the IHT Spirit System® qualifies for funding from organizations such as local health departments. Read More

Work out Wednesdays promotes health among youth

Originally published Feb. 14, 2019 by NBC 10 News.

By Barbara Morse Silva

“Work out Wednesdays” engage middle school students.

It all started back in 2013 at North Smithfield middle school—where, one day a week, the physical education teachers set up a sort of obstacle course for students. Read More

Independent Study Students Maintain Link to PE Teacher Using IHT Spirit Mobile App

Connection Creates Paradigm Shift for PE Program by Adding Motivation, Accountability to Students’ Off-Campus Exercise

Students enrolled in the Simon Youth Coast High School Academy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) PE program use the IHT Spirit Mobile App to ensure they log enough activity to stay healthy between their once a week PE classes.

PE teacher Darla Merrill deployed the IHT ZONE heart rate monitor with the IHT Spirit Mobile App to keep students she only sees on Fridays engaged with her class – and their own fitness – during the week.

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PE Students Demonstrate Ninja Fitness Skills During New Challenge

TV Show-Style Fitness Challenge Motivates Students to Work Together, Stay in Target Heart Rate Zones

Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary (Port Jervis, N.Y.) PE students recently put their heart rate management skills on display for a special audience that included principal Jared Kahmar.

HBE students began wearing IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors at the start of the school year and recently dominated a custom-made American Ninja Warrior-style fitness challenge while learning how their hearts respond during exercise. Read More