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Rundown: Current State of Physical Education (P.E.) New Technology Implementation into Academics Cost and Efficiency Articles Other Examples Activity Conclusion. Integrating Health & Fitness Technology into Academics. Fred Schmidt Holy Family University

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    1. Rundown: • Current State of Physical Education (P.E.) • New Technology • Implementation into Academics • Cost and Efficiency • Articles • Other Examples • Activity • Conclusion Integrating Health & Fitness Technology into Academics Fred Schmidt Holy Family University EDUC 504BLZ: Computers & Technology Spring 2014

    2. ACTIVITY * Complete the activity quietly while the presentation is going on. Help pass the watch along even if you don’t want to try the activity. • Turn off or turn down your sound • Pull up one of these game links: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/geographygames/quizyournoodle-mount-everest/ http://www.kidsgeo.com/geography-games/united-states-america-map-game.php 3. Put the watch on with the back metal bar firmly planted on your wrist. • Relax for ten seconds and hold the front button until you see your heart rate showing, write it down. • Start one of the games, from whichever link you chose, and finish as quickly as possible. • Then immediately check your heart rate after the game and write it down again. • See any difference?

    3. Benefits of Physical Activity Consequences of Physical Inactivity Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCDC 24/7: Saving Lives. Protecting People. TM (CDC, 2012) Chances of being overweight and possible obese increase, with a higher physical inactivity rate Chances of dying prematurely increase Healthy bones and stronger muscles Less likely to be overweight, obese, or obtain chronic diseases Reduces depression and social anxiety Self-confidence Overall supports in academic success

    4. Why It’s Important to Incorporate Health and Fitness Technology into Education In Physical Education, it is especially important to incorporate technological tools. There are many technological devices geared towards enhancing the physical education curriculum and monitoring the students during tasks. It is important that all grade level P.E. teacher’s explore technological options to diversify the curriculum, making students aware of the health and exercise science aspect of physical education. No more should the time allotted for physical education, be solely dedicated to teaching the implementation of American Sports. Moreover, other curriculum ought to be crossed using many of the equipment, which track or enable students health and fitness, to ensure students understand the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

    5. The Current State of P.E. Statistics Show Physical Education is Weakening Progressively and You Can See Why Watching this Video http://abcnews.go.com/Health/physical-activity-linked-academic-performance/story?id=15273908 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services At the minimum, endorses children 6 to 17 years of age contribute an hour a day to physical activity. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2012) A survey done nationwide, found young people become less physically active with age. 77% of applicants ages 9-13 participated in free-time physical activity. Only 29% of high school aged applicants reported, to be engaging in an hour of physical activity daily. I wonder why kids have a poor attitude regarding health and fitness? Maybe because their technological drive is not flowing with the lessons they are learning regarding health and fitness in school. Which, lets face it! Is generally old fashioned gym class. PE4Life Gets Kids Moving Everyday Tim McCord and Rhonda Wagonseller (2006) Middle Ground: The Magazine of Middle Level Education In result of the No Child Left Behind Act, schools were continually pressed to maintain a strong widespread curriculum, making the arts and physical health science’s continued mandatory components. Since there was no federal law in place guiding physical education, and since the majority of state laws allow districts to write their own guidelines. Many districts weakened their P.E. and Arts requirements, getting kids through P.E. easier and allowing budget space. The result proven by a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey is screening that only 6.4% of middle/junior high school scholars are receiving adequate PE lessons nationally.

    6. http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_308261.pdfhttp://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@adv/documents/downloadable/ucm_308261.pdf Look at: Pg. 5 Physical Activity Participation by Young People and Positive Physical Education Pledge Run through the State Profiles Appendix A: National Standards and Guidelines for K-12 Education Appendix D: Public Policy Agenda for Physical Education Research Practical Thinking Regarding P.E. Bottom line is states nationwide are developing some important reasons why students need rigorous physical activity at school, and not your typical gym class. The problem is their guidelines aren’t specific enough, regarding the attention P.E. teachers should spread regarding time for team sports, individual exercise, and assessment. They also aren’t requiring technological devices to be incorporated in motivating kids to comply with active curriculum, let alone are not jumping on board with the ground breaking research, implying fitness and health technology should drive and rewrite our curriculum for Physical Education period.

    7. Now take a look at how enhanced the current curriculum would look, by simply adding some heart monitors!

    8. 18 May 2013 By: Eric Stock LeRoy schools use integrated approach for student fitness K-6 school Illinois Received $12,000 state grant for meeting new federal fitness standards Used the money for integrated health management system Principal Erin Conn said, “This Tri-Fit System really allows us to take a kindergarten student and follow them through 12th grade with a one system approach instead of a splintered approach.” P.E. teacher Kathy Schoenwetter says, “ We don’t throw out a ball and say ‘Play’. They are directed. We take a conscientious approach of ‘You will be physically active. If you are playing a game it’s a game where you are going to move.”

    9. LeRoy Elementary Continued • Schoenwetter went on explaining the heart monitor’s from the grant, gives students tangible evidence they are working hard. It’s important because kids feed of reinforcement. • Principal Conn explained students health progress information (i.e. body composition, heart rate, flexibility) from the Tri-Fit system can easily be shard within the districts schools • The school has used equipment during Parents PE day, Zumba Day, and during recess at the Replex fitness center.

    10. TRIFIT System in Pennsylvania Titusville School District The Titusville Middle School Health fair, showed in increase this year of 28% for the average students lung capacity. The school district found the Carol M. White P.E. Program Grant, showing results as evidence for prospective award money. They gave $40,000 to get the high school program started. Titusville is described as a struggling town financially in northwest Pennsylvania, where its schools have taken the burdens of tight budgets and program closing threats. The district donated $30,000 dollars to the middle school, to start the PE4Life program, which included a wellness center & the latest model of the TRIFIT system. The heart monitors provided, with high tech feedback through the TRIFIT system, moved the P.E. teachers focus away from traditional gym class. They integrated many more activities getting everyone involved like; juggling, rock climbing, cross country skiing, inline skating, and team-building activities. Video games were integrated using the new technology to prove its value to the kids showing the difference between games where you remain seated, in comparison with games like; Dance Revolution, Game Rider, and the martial art games Makoto.

    11. More on the TRIFIT 700 System Integrated Health Management System • Health profiles of individuals and groups • Create customized exercise and nutrition programs • Software allows quick communication of data externally (parents) and internally (admins.) • Measures biometrics: interactive blood pressure, interactive body weight, girth measurements, blood chemistries, hip-to-waist ratio, and body mass index (BMI) • Body composition: Interactive site skinfolds (youth/adults), circumference, impedance entry, compatible with Tanita bio impedance scale • Flexibility: interactive modified sit and reach test, youth protocols, and shoulder and trunk rotations • Cardiovascular endurance: interactive bike ergometer tests and treadmill tests, 20-meter shuttle run, field tests (i.e. cooper 12 minute run, 3-min. step test, etc.) and youth tests • Muscle strength and endurance: interactive bicep strength test, youth/adult field tests, & I-rep max protocols • Provides large selection of popular youth fitness challenges, including the President’s Challenge http://www.polar.com/us-en/b2b_products/physical_education/fitness_assessment/teachers_toolbox http://www.polar.com/us-en/b2b_products/physical_education/funding_grants

    12. TRIFIT Testimonials • Louis Mauch, from Fargo, North Dakota, wrote “California Dreaming” – Searching for the Fit Life. He traveled around the country installing and giving fully comprehensive tutorials on Trifit 600. He summed things up saying, “students who use this technology develop a genuine interest in their own health.” http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/mauch/lm081200.htm • Paula Summit, from Rush Henrietta Central School District wrote, “Using Heart Rate Monitors in PE Classes”. She suggested starting with Accurex IIa HRM because it is cheap in relevance to efficiency. She had the kids biking, copying heart rate times, before, during and after the exercise. She discussed funding and how she used the International Life Science Institute grant to gain access to higher technology from POLAR. She explained many of the classroom management fears with products are myths, and explained the cleaning process and storage, as designed by Polar for the TriFit system. http://www.pelinks4u.org/articles/summit/ps111599.htm

    13. Herb Baer, Polar USA president said. “With the new Polar GoFit app, PE teachers can easily see how students are doing during class, track their progress throughout the school year and use the data as a motivator.” • With Polar GoFit PE teachers can: • See up to 40 students’ heart rates on the screen during a PE lesson and guide the whole class in real time or each student individually • Individualize instruction to allow students to work at a safe heart rate • Analyze and evaluate the lesson afterward with polargofit.com web service based on objective individualize data • Teach students the health benefits of exercising at different intensities • Motivate students to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and give them access to their own data from any online computer Polar Launches New App to Engage and Motivate Students During Physical Education Classes The Polar GoFit iPad App Works with Polar H7 Bluetooth heart rate sensor With the Polar GoFit app, students can enjoy PE lessons and meet fitness-based targets at the same time. Students can also learn how sustaining certain heart rate zones can improve long-term health and fitness levels.

    14. New Technology – Applications for P.E. Teacher’s and Beyond Coach’s Eye • Videos students in action. You can playback footage in slow-motion, backward, or frame by frame; with verbal comments. Further a teacher in the classroom could record lab practices or a student working at the board. Team Shake • Choose teams by entering names and giving your device a shake. Team’s are color-coded and can be stored via email. It’s great for classroom teacher’s who need to create groups for projects too. Giant Scoreboard • A generic scoreboard with, a timer/countdown and team names (editable), and giant digits visible from 50ft. Fits any sport and is simple, accurate and reliable. Classroom teachers can use for keeping score during games, instead of tallying up on the board. Nutrition Tips • #1 referenced app from Nutrition.gov, USDA.gov and the Food and Nutrition Information Center for; nutrition tips and nutritional health facts. Great addition to the health and science classroom. Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association • It helped save a life. Using the application, Dan Woolley survived 65 hours under rubble in result of the earthquake in Haiti 2010; as seen on CNN, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, etc. A great tool for all classrooms, when a crisis situation is in swing. iFitness HD • An exercise companion app. Provides over 300 exercise images, with full text descriptions. Allows tracking of progress for multiple users. Workouts are customizable to the users level. One of the best tools for a modern day P.E. teacher.

    15. Exciting Health and Fitness Technological Applications Continued Pocket Body • A fully interactive atlas of the human body. It’s searchable and great integration app for Science and P.E. Pocket Heart (iPad App) • Interactive educational App showing the human heart in 3D effect. It’s a great way of introducing anatomy and physiology to many ages, and has been incorporated into integrative P.E. lessons. Teacher’s Assistant • Great for all teachers, this allows tracking of student actions, behavior, infractions, and achievements in any classroom. This makes communication with parents and administrators quick, regarding student classroom habits and behaviors. Easy Assessment • Great for teachers, trainers and coaches, this app makes assessing performance quick and simple, in any context or situation. Timer Tools • Great for any teacher to use during games, activities, instruction transitioning; the apps timers include: countdown, stop watch, turn timer, seconds up, seconds down, and interval timer. Teacher’s Roll Call • This helps any instructor cut down their roll call time by minutes, allowing transitioning to be more fluent as well.

    16. Exciting Health and Fitness Technological Applications Continued Class Cards • After students names are entered by any teacher, this app generates a list of students randomly for you to call on during instruction questioning, and shows the names of the next four students to call upon as well. Great if your classroom management is good enough, to implement this app which is fair to students. Bracketmaster • Why waste paper and time printing up a bracket, when you can customize team names or do individual brackets, with up to 32 entries. Big enough for most classrooms across the United States. MusicWorkout • How cool! Your music is playing and it also tells you when to rest and when to work. Great for P.E. teachers and coaches, this intriguing app improves students fitness. You can customize set duration and amount, when your comfortable. Cardiograph • If you can’t afford multiple heart or fitness monitors use this app to measure heart rates periodically instead of daily. You can still see great results and save for future reference, allowing unlimited individual profiles. Coin Toss • Don’t have a coin and you want to decide an order by a flip. No biggie! This app works as a coin toss, by sliding your finger from bottom to top, spinning the coin to decide your fate. Great for all teachers.