Atherton Virtual Academy helping students earn diploma

Originally published Sept. 14, 2017 by the Burton View.

BURTON — Sept. 19 marks the first day of a school year filled with new opportunity for those already enrolled in Atherton Virtual Academy (AVA), and those who have yet to register. The online school offers a unique way for students to earn a high school diploma or GED.

“Most students who attend Atherton Virtual Academy are those who traditional education has not worked for,” said John Ploof, superintendent of Atherton Community Schools.

“Students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they already know in subjects, and are only responsible to pick up where they left off,” he said. “That’s what allows them to earn credits at a rapid pace.”

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IHT Spirit Mobile App

New IHT Spirit Mobile App Extends IHT Zone Distance Learning Tools

Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 2017, IHT released its newest tool to further personalize physical education for every student: the IHT Spirit Mobile App.

The new mobile app, available as a free download through the Google Play and iOS App stores, enables users to take part in physical education classes and workouts connected to the IHT Spirit System® outside of the traditional school day and classroom. By controlling their IHT Zone wrist heart rate monitors on their mobile phones, students connect back to classroom workouts or track workouts they design themselves.  

IHT worked to develop a mobile app that takes the monitors beyond the classroom. A growing number of students fulfill their physical education requirement outside of the traditional classroom setting. More than 55 percent of U.S. school systems offer students the opportunity to take physical education as part of a virtual learning program. Read More

IHT Spirit Mobile App for Individual Fitness Use

IHT releases Spirit Mobile App for Individual Fitness Use


For Immediate Release

Sept. 19, 2017, Austin, Texas – Interactive Health Technologies®, LLC, announces the release of the new IHT Spirit Mobile App for Individual Fitness Use, the next step in personalizing physical education by connecting users with heart rate data.

The free IHT Spirit Mobile App for Individual Fitness Use enables users to connect with the IHT Spirit System® outside of the traditional school confines. Through the new app, students participating in distance learning or remote physical education classroom settings maintain the crucial connection to coaching from their teacher or trainer while completing assignments and activities on their own schedule. IHT Spirit Mobile App for Individual Fitness users begin and end exercise sessions with the IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitor from their phones. Read More


UGA researchers use virtual fitness system to help children exercise more

Originally published Sept. 6, 2017 in UGA Today.

Writer: Sarah Freeman

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia researchers have been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to use virtual reality to help children develop a more active lifestyle.

The Virtual Fitness Buddy Ecosystem: Using Digital Technology to Promote and Sustain Moderate to Vigorous Intensive Physical Activity in Children will fund a five-year program through the after-school program sponsored by the Metro Atlanta YMCA. Children ages 6 to 10 years old will participate with their parents in the program.

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Online physical education: It’s a real thing and it’s reinventing S.C. gym class

Originally published Sept. 2, 2017 in the Post and Courier.

Marlaine Black scoffed when her son broached the topic: “Virtual physical education.” How could that be a real thing?

“To me it was comical,” said Black, a Mount Pleasant resident.

But by the time her son Benjamin had completed the online PE course for high school credit this summer through VirtualSC, a free state-run program, she was sold on the idea.

Photo by Brad Nettles, Post and Courier Staff

For a self-motivated student like Benjamin, some argue that a self-paced online course can be just as effective as a traditional gym class. Read More