Heart Rate Reports Give Parents Personalized Insights to Children’s PE

Physical education teachers are finding allies as they strive to motivate students to become more active outside of their classrooms. Emails sent by the IHT Spirit System immediately following a PE class session give parents a first-hand look at their child’s activity levels.

“I’ve had so many compliments from some parents saying it is so great to see what they’re doing and what their child’s activity level is,” said Misty Atnip, PE teacher at Baldwin Creek Elementary in Lander, Wy. Read More

Using PE Heart Rate Data to Create a More Student-Friendly Curriculum

Data from the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors his students wear during their PE classes will help Hudson High School (Iowa) teacher Sean Leonard improve his curriculum for the coming school year.

Leonard modified his High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)-based program to observe how students’ effort level changed as measured by the ZONE’s heart rate reports generated after each session. With the data in hand, Leonard will spend part of his summer rethinking his approach to next year. Read More

IHT ZONE Monitors Provide Personalized Wellness Indicators for Adaptive PE Students

Students enrolled in the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Public Schools Adaptive Physical Education program use wrist-based heart rate monitors to address heart-rate triggered health episodes before they happen.

In 2017, Ann Arbor Public Schools Adaptive Physical Education Teacher Consultant Deak Swearingen purchased the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitor and IHT Spirit System assessment software for his department. Students wear the heart rate monitors throughout the day, and Swearingen uses the software to view reports from the district’s 14 schools. Read More

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

PE Heart Rate Monitors

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