I am so excited to share this new technology with you! If you haven’t heard about the IHT Spirit/Adidas heart rate technology, you’re in for a treat! My kids wear it like a watch, but instead of the time, it provides the current heart rate. My favorite part, though, is that it lights up! I teach K-2nd graders. Numbers don’t mean much when you have a hard time reading. But when the heart rate monitor (HRM) lights up in blue, the students can recognize that they’re still in their resting HR zone. When it turns to yellow, they know they’ve reached their target HR zone. When they see red, they understand they’re in the high intensity zone! They can see and feel the effects immediately, and when they touch the HRM to the reader and their HR data is displayed for them, they get so excited to see it! The software is also incredible! I can upload the data, get a readout of the class averages or break it down to see individual students. I am still exploring all of the possibilities of assessment reports and correlational data, but this sure is changing the way that my students view physical education class — and the way that their parents view it, as well!

I’m bringing the system to the SHAPE Alaska conference on October 18 & 19 at the Special Olympics Athlete Training Center in Anchorage, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

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