Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 12: Wisconsin Students Use Technology in Gym Class to Track Activity Levels

Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 12: Wisconsin Students Use Technology in Gym Class to Track Activity Levels

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In order to get students excited about their own health, one gym teacher in Waupun, Wisconsin, uses two types of pedometers and heart rate monitors to help them better understand their activity levels.

"All students from K-12 have access to pedometers," Jackie Clark, Rock River Intermediate School physical education teacher, said to WiscNews.com. "My students at Rock River wear them daily and we have the downloadable pedometers, which records their pedometer scores and students analyze their data at the end of each quarter to set goals based on their step counts. These downloadable pedometers not only allow students to analyze their activity level, but also allow me as a teacher to analyze my teaching to make sure I am providing adequate activity time in my lessons to allow students to meet their goals."

While she's been using pedometers for 15 years with the students, it's only recently through the help of grants that the students are able to use specific pedometers that evaluate moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

"MVPA is important for students to understand because there is a difference between activity time and moderate to vigorous activity time," Clark said. "MVPA is the time the students are working in their target heart rate zone to get an aerobic benefit. It is recommended that students be in MVPA for 50 percent of their physical education class. Using pedometers allows students to see how physically active they are as compared to using our heart rate monitors, which allows students to get in their target heart rate zone to get an aerobic benefit. …

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