A Pennsylvania-based school is using new means to encourage children to embrace a healthier lifestyle in the digital era. Kids at Parker Middle School which is based in Edinboro, Pennsylvania are participating in gym classes and are using wearable tech gadgets so as to track the level of their exercises.
Students are using wrist bands which have screens that help monitor the heart rate as well as the calories burned which is a big motivation for the students to participate in exercises during gym classes. The band changes color from green to yellow to red to show an increase in the student’s heart rate. The school says the mission is always to get each student’s heart rate in the red in every gym class for at least 20 minutes.
The laptop and monitor enable students to keep track and upload their own data collected after an exercise. This seem to be the best method to address growing concerns over children poor participation in physical activities in addition to learning more about the importance of being physically fit and health.
The children participate in light activities ranging from chasing volleyball to jumping jacks in between relays. The mission is always to turn each student’s wrist red. Many schools are adopting these technologies as gym classes change from rope climbing to intensively learning about sports which they can take part in future.
Before it is used, the monitor is passed over a laptop with a scanner the logging into the system which records personal field data. The monitors recorded more than just changes in color. Every student has an account which carries his or her heart rate as well as other important data. And email carrying all the student’s information can be sent to each student’s respective families.
The school cashed in around $18,000 to acquire the Interactive Health Technologies program. Thanks to a federal grant towards physical activities, The Erie School District is also incorporating technology in gym classes in all its schools. The Erie district set up a Welnet software system in all its 18 schools.