"Our Students Are Taking Fitness to a Higher Level": At Sierra Vista Junior High, Technology Is Elevating Physical Education and Student Performance
Talk to George Velarde, Physical Education Department Chair at Sierra Vista Junior High School in Canyon Country, CA, and he'll immediately tell you why everyone at the school is so excited about what PE technology has meant for students and educators.
"By adding technology into our 'New PE' curriculum, it has brought accountability and objectivity to our program," says George. "Our students, teachers, administration and parents get to see first-hand program results of a student's grade, heart rate data and daily class performance. By bringing technology into our PE program, our students are understanding their fitness on a higher level."
Sierra Vista Junior High has incorporated Polar E Series heart rate monitors, PE Manager Software and the TriFIT fitness assessment system into its physical education curriculum and students have fully embraced the technology. At the school students have a variety of equipment to work out on, including spin bikes, rowing machines, a rock climbing wall, virtual reality bikes, DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) and Xavix Exercise equipment. Polar technology is used in conjunction with those activities and equipment; the response from students has been universally positive. "It keeps them on task and they are constantly looking forward to receiving their heart rate comparison reports. This helps our students measure individual performance and progress throughout the year," explains George.
Impressively, in each of the last four years Sierra Vista's fitness test scores have improved in every category and have surpassed average scores throughout the state of California. …