Bay Shore Middle School
Teacher: Ted Nagengast
About Ted: Ted is a P.E. teacher at Bay Shore Middle School. He’s been teaching for 16 years total, and has been using Polar technology in his lessons all 16 years! He’s a member of NY AAHPERD, National AAHPERD, and AFCA (American Football Coaches Association). In 2005, he received the Educator of the Month Award, sponsored by News 12 and Dowling College. In 2007, Ted was awarded the “Suffolk Zone Professional of the Year” by Suffolk Zone chapter of New York AAHPERD.About Bay Shore Middle School: Bay Shore Middle School is part of the Bay Shore School District in Bay Shore, New York. In this suburban area about 45 miles east of Manhattan, the typical P.E. class size is between 25-35 students. Students are in grade levels 6-8 and have been using Polar heart rate monitors (HRMs) for the last 16 years as well as the TriFit620. They recently started using PEManager and Companions. Bay Shore Middle School was awarded the AAHPERD "School--Community Recognition" award in the spring of 2005. Additionally, in 2005, Bay Shore School District was awarded the National School Board Journal MA GNA Award based on the development of the Wellness Alliance. They received a PEP Grant to increase the amount of HRM’s used in the district at various levels and add more E600’s at the middle school. Core Activities: Ted and his co-workers use a variety of sports to teach P.E. as well as traditional lifelong activities such as rollerblading, walking wellness, yoga, and project adventure. He also uses the Wellness Center, which is similar to an exercise physiology class/lab. Using Polar: Ongoing fundraisers and donations provided and continue to provide the funding to get Polar technology in school. After starting at Bay Shore, Ted's Athletic Director placed the Polar HRMs on his desk and said "you are new-- figure out how to use these things." Ted had used them during his exercise physiology course in college and was very excited. Ted varies his usage of HRMs depending on what he's teaching. According to Ted, the most important reason to use Polar in P.E is because it "reinforces proper exercise characteristics, it tracks your progress, and it gives validity to what we do!" Ted says that HRMs and TriFit have had a positive change on the students' attitudes towards P.E. and exercise. The Buzz: Ted likes that Polar "provides students with realistic and immediate feedback. They also learn to exercise correctly." Students enjoy "showing up early so they can see who spends the most time in their target heart rate zone." Administration likes "that we are use technology and that we utilize interdisciplinary instruction. (cross-curriculums) Personal Highlight: "The combination of the validity of HR monitors, the value of physical activity, and the technology into our P.E. program makes the job multidimensional. The HR monitors' validity helped to convince a local cardiologist, Dr. William Caracci (Chief of Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital at the time) to work with our P.E. program. Soon after, the Wellness Alliance was born as well as the Wellness Center facility. The Wellness Alliance is a group of people who are dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles to the students and community. Members include local doctors, county health officials, teachers, administrators, and parents along with numerous other organizations."The overall push into wellness over the past decade as increased the districts beliefs to support the notion of providing kids with opportunity to achieve healthy lifestyles. In 2002 the community passed a bond referendum that enabled the High School and Middle School to receive new gymnasiums along with a 5000sq ft wellness center at the high school. The facilities were completed during the 2005-2006 school year."
Chagrin Falls Middle/High School
Teacher: Pamela Malone
Pamela has been the Health and Physical Education Department Chairperson at Chagrin Falls Middle/High School for 24 years. Three years ago, Pamela was introduced to Polar, and has been using Polar ever since. Pamela holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology and is a member of various affiliations such as the AAHPERD, OAHPERD, NASPE and NSCAA. She was honored with awards such as Ohio High School Coach of the Year, and being a recipient of the Sports, Ethics, and Integrity Award.
About Chagrin Falls:
The Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District is located within the suburban area of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Chagrin Falls Middle/High School holds grades 7-12. The average physical education class is about 28 kids. Chagrin Falls School District is involved in a wellness imitative called "SmartKidsMove" which promotes physical activity during the school day and encourages healthy behaviors for life. This program has been funded through private donations and community fundraisers and also used to buy Polar.
The Chagrin Falls Middle/High School prides itself on being innovative and challenging to the students. The school researched numerous fitness products with the goal of implementing technology into our classes; Polar fit their needs on numerous levels. Chagrin used Polar products such as E 600 series Heart Rate Monitors, Tri-Fit Assessment Program, P.E. Manager, and the Team 2 Training System.
Chagrin Falls emphasizes cardio/fitness and lifelong activities (jogging, biking, functional training, small-sided games sports games, etc.) The five day week consists of various exercise activities. This includes, "Move & Groove" Mondays, sports day with instruction, team building, Cardio HRM, and Fun Fitness Fridays.
Chagrin Falls like Polars' simplicity, the immediate feedback, the many possibilities of student and /or group reporting, the objective grading component, and the individualized programming. For years physical education has been subjective with grading, the Polar tools allow physical education teachers to be objective in their assessments. There is not a "one size fits all" in any aspect of teaching, yet that's how physical education is taught in most schools. Polar products allow the school to have individualized programming and personalized attention to a student's needs. Polar products give credibility to the physical education teacher and programs.
Driftwood Middle School
Teacher: Linda Gancitano, Jennifer Hoover, and Shannon Lorig
Linda Gancitano is a health and wellness magnet teacher at Driftwood Middle School. She is an AAHPERD, FAHPERD and BACHPERD Member. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, ROPES Course Instructor, Certified Heart Math Trainer and Physical Education teacher. Linda was Broward County Physical Education Teacher of the Year several times in the last ten years.
Jennifer Hoover is a certified personal trainer, certified life coach and certified adolescent/young adult nutrition councilor. She uses heart rate technology with her clients as well as herself. Her wish is to have technology showing students their active heart rates in real time. Bringing up to date technology to a “technology savvy” generation is imperative in fighting our nation’s obesity epidemic.
Shannon Lorig is a health and wellness magnet teacher at Driftwood Middle School. She is certified as a Physical Education Teacher, Personal Trainer as well as a First Aid Responder. Currently, she attends Nova Southeastern University earning her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on helping others who suffer from obesity and eating disorders. Additionally, Shannon is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society as a result of her academic achievements.
About Driftwood Middle School:
Driftwood Middle School Academy of Health and Wellness is part of the Broward County School District in Hollywood, Florida. It is located in an urban area and a typical physical education class is approximately 30-35 students. Driftwood Middle School is a Title 1 school and 75 % of the students are on free and reduced lunch. Students at all grade levels use Polar E600, E200 and E30 heart rate monitors (HRMs) every week. This has been an integral part of the health and wellness teachers’ curriculums for the past ten years. In 1997 Driftwood Middle School was awarded the FAHPERD EZ-Tech Award, which demonstrates outstanding use of technology in their Physical Education Program. Additionally, Driftwood was awarded the 2000-01 Tri-County Model Co-Middle School Physical Education Program, 2001-02 State of Florida Model Middle School Physical Education Program, as well as the National Magnet School of Distinction five times. Driftwood was selected as a finalist for the NASPE Polar Technology Challenge.
Driftwood Middle Schools Physical Education Department engages students in a variety of team/individual sports, strength training programs and cardiovascular/fitness related activities.
Driftwood Middle School was awarded two federal grants which were used to fund Polar technology at the school. As part of the grant, Driftwood was required to implement a school-wide magnet for Health and Wellness. The grant was written to bring technology into the newly created program. Teachers quickly found that the use of HRMs quickly caught the attention of students. Polar technology provided teachers at Driftwood with a means of demonstrating in real-time the relationship between heart rate and activity. According to Linda, the most important reason to use Polar in P.E. is because "Physical Education must move into the future in order to help our children become and stay healthy. Nationwide our students are becoming less and less active. Technology grabs the attention of students, which is why they spend so much time with their electronic games instead of being active. Polar technology is an important aid, to us as physical educators, in getting the point across to our students of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for now and in their future."
The teachers like that "the technology really catches the students' attention."
Students "enjoy class so much more using the technology."
Administration likes "the enthusiasm students show towards Physical Education."
Winning the National Green Ribbon Award. The National Green Ribbon Award recognizes Health and Wellness as being an important educational component. Pillar II is all about Health and Wellness. At Driftwood we are able to demonstrate the use of technology in our physical education classes and stress management program (HeartMath).
Future Wish List:
H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensors and the sensors that connect via Bluetooth to an iPad
Early College Academy
Teacher: Linda Tippeconnie
Linda is a grade 9 Physical Education teacher at Early College Academy. She has been teaching for 12 years and of those 12 years she has been using Polar technology for 7 years. She is a member of NMAHPERD and AAHPERD, has received the 2007 NASPE National Southwest District Teacher of the Year award and is a National Board Certified Physical Education instructor.
About Early College Academy:
Early College Academy is part of Albuquerque Public School District in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this urban area, the typical PE class size is approximately 20 students.
Students in grade 9 use Polar Heart Rate Monitors during daily PE activities. Teachers enjoy using the heart rate monitors because they can receive specific results, giving teachers time to work individually with students as they don’t have to constantly monitor activity levels, and the students like the instant feedback.
Early College Academy uses a combination of the Polar PE Manager, Polar TriFit700 and different models from the Polar E-Series of heart rate monitors within their current curriculum.
The Core Activities used to deliver the curriculum at Early College Academy include fitness, biking, archery and cooperative games.
Since using Polar technology, Linda sees her students now have a vested interest in their workouts because they are able to check their own status and are given the tools to help them maintain or improve their fitness levels.
Part of a PEP grant provided funding for the school to obtain their polar products and initial training back in 2001. Since the initial purchase, they have received additional PEP grants to continue using Polar products in their curriculum.
On students using heart rate monitors in class:
Grade 9 Physical Education teacher Linda Tippeconnie says her students “…love the technology and the instant feedback”
On why to use Polar in your PE program:
Linda shares “The students have an important tool that helps them maintain or improve their fitness levels.”
What visible improvements have you seen in your students since using Polar products:
Linda states, “I can see the students are constantly checking their status especially with the heart rate monitors; they have a vested interest in their workouts.”
Teacher: Dr. Ken Felker—Professor and Chairperson, Health & Physical Education
About Ken: Ken has spent 24 years teaching and has experience teaching grades 7-12 as well as higher education. He’s been using Polar technology in his program for the last 10 years. He’s a member of AAHPERD, PSAHPERD, and the International Society for Technology Education. Among many honors and awards he’s received are the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Summer Academy Guest Lecturer, 2006; Edinboro University Technology Scholar, 2004; Health Professional of the Year – Eastern District Association AAHPERD, 1999; and Health Educator of the Year – PSAHPERD, 1998. In addition, Ken recently co-authored Technology Integration in HPE: Essential Basics and Labs, and is currently the HPE Curriculum Specialist for Leading & Learning with Technology, a publication of the International Society for Technology Education. About Edinboro University: Approximately 8,000 students attend Edinboro University, located in northwestern Pennsylvania. Programs of study include a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, with concentrations in Teacher Certification, Sport Administration, Health Promotion, and Recreation Administration. Also available is a Master of Education in Middle and Secondary Education degree with a concentration in Health Education. Using Polar: Six heart rate monitors (HRMs) and one copy of TriFIT software were purchased with department funds in 1995. Subsequently, students have been assessed a technology fee ($150 per student per year) by the university. This money is pooled and departments may submit proposals to fund special technology initiatives within the department. It is with the support of this fee that all technology in HPE has been purchased since 1995.
Every student at Edinboro is exposed to Polar technology through a mandatory 3-credit wellness course. In this course, each student receives a personal profile based on TriFIT’s health risk appraisals and fitness assessments. Students who are seeking a degree in health and physical education are exposed to all Polar technology in various courses through both lecture and lab format. HPE students use Polar HRMs, TriFIT hardware and software, Companion Pocket PC with Pocket TriFIT and Pocket PE Manager and PE Manager. The Buzz: Ken likes how “The technology supports our goal of providing students with age and gender specific fitness and health risk appraisal results that motivate and support their behavior change efforts. Results help students understand the big picture and better design an individualized program for enhancement of quality of life. Technical support is always available at Polar, and the hardware and software are continually enhanced to meet ever-changing needs.”Ken’s Department says, “Incorporating Polar technology into all wellness courses has is seen as a huge recruitment and retention tool. In addition, it has increased our visibility across campus enabling us to be more competitive in our request for technology money.”Students find that with the procurement of PEP grants, school districts are looking for teachers who can walk in the door and hit the ground running. Understanding and knowing how to use the Polar software and hardware leads to easy documentation and reporting of student and program outcomes. Our students are significantly more marketable as a result of their technology skills. Personal Highlight:“Because of the technology proficiency displayed by the students within the health and physical education department at Edinboro University, the department was selected by the academic deans to develop a pilot program of PDA use by all HPE student teachers. They use the PDAs to record and report fitness results, develop lesson plans, track attendance, and store student records. The Polar Pocket TriFIT and Pocket PE Manager software provides the structure for this project.” –Ken Felker
Garden Spot High School
Teacher: Coleen Parmer
About Coleen:Coleen is the department chair for Health and Physical Education 7-12 at Garden Spot Middle and High School. She currently teaches the Fitness and Weight Training, Personal Fitness, 9th grade Physical Education and 11th/12th grade Lifetime Physical Activities. She has been teaching for 9 years, 6 years at the middle school level and 3 at the high school level. She has been using Polar technology for 7 years. She is a member of PSAPHERD and has presented at various local and state conferences about the use of Polar technology in her classroom and district.About Garden Spot Middle and High School:Garden Spot Middle and High School is part of Eastern Lancaster County School District in New Holland, Pennsylvania. In this rural area, the typical PE class size is approximately 25 students.Students in grades 7-12 use Polar Heart Rate Monitors during cardio activities in class. Teachers enjoy using the heart rate monitors because they provide an objective assessment tool in class. It allows students to get instant feedback on their effort during an activity and helps them determine which activities suit them best to maintain their heart rate in their target training zone.Fitness scores for students in grades 7-12 are tracked with the help of the TriFIT program. Records are kept from middle school and are transferred to the high school database so students have the ability to see their fitness progress overtime. Some teachers use the Personal Profiles to provide more individualized feedback for students. It also provides a great database for height, weight, and body composition for our school nurse.Core Activities:The Core Activities used to deliver the curriculum at the schools include but is not limited to running, cardio machines, various types of resistance training, cardio and weight training circuits, biking, yoga, Pilates, stability ball training, plyometrics, agilities, climbing, soccer, flag-football, tennis, track and field, basketball, volleyball, badminton, floor hockey, ultimate Frisbee, team handball, tchoukball, and pickle ball.Using Polar:A PEP grant provided funding for the school district to obtain their polar products and initial training approximately 6 years ago. Since the initial purchase, the physical education budget has been able to support the continued usage of these products and services.If you don’t have the funding to get a class set, build your set over time by purchasing a few each year or look for grants to help with funding.The Buzz:On using heart rate monitors in class:High school health and physical education teacher, Kathy Burke says “So much of our area is subjective; I use this as an objective way of measuring the student’s ability to use information that was taught and apply it.”High school health and physical education teacher, Jim Kruis says “The HRM’s are a very objective assessment tool and hold the students accountable.”Middle school health and physical education teacher, Corey Luttrell says,” For the most part they are user friendly and it is a great way for a student to assess themselves even if not in school.”High School health and physical education teacher, Dennis Werner says,” It is a great way to back up our subjective assessments with an objective one.”High school health and physical educator Julie Groft says, “Using heart rate monitors gives a better way for grading students.”On how schools can effectively utilize the data from the Tri-Fit system:Middle school health and physical educator, Corey Luttrell says, “For tracking data to assess whether or not the exercise programs they participate in are helping them reach the goals they have set for themselves.”High school health and physical educator Coleen Parmer says, “The Tri-fit system provides a wonderful database to collect information regarding student fitness status. You can use that data to evaluate your physical education program as well as student wellness and plan for the future.”On tracking fitness scores across grade levels:High school health and physical educator Ruth Frankhouser says, “It should give them the baseline knowledge of how to achieve a fit health status throughout their life time.”High school health and physical educator, JD Stern says, “By showing the student concrete information about their personal fitness, you are giving them feedback that they can reflect upon that can be applied for a lifetime.”
Hortonville Middle School
Teacher: Crystal Gorwitz
About Crystal:Crystal is a P.E. and Health teacher at Hortonville Middle School. She's been teaching for 18 years total, and has been using Polar technology in her lessons for the last 14 years! She's a member of both AAHPERD and WAHPERD. Among many honors and awards she's received are the 2004 NASPE Midwest Teacher of the Year, 2004 NASPE National Middle School Teacher of the Year, and 2005 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.About Hortonville Middle School:Hortonville Middle School is part of the Hortonville Area School District in Hortonville, Wisconsin. In this rural area the typical P.E. class size is 25 students. Students are in grade levels 5-8 and currently use Polar E200s and E600s along with the TriFit620 system. In 2005, Hortonville Middle School was awarded the NASPE STARS Level 2 Award.Core Activities:Crystal uses the 5 components of fitness, state physical education standards, and physical best to teach P.E. at Hortonville.Using Polar:Hortonville's P.E. budget, as well as a 2001 PEP Grant provided the funding to get Polar technology in school. After hearing Beth Kirkpatrick speak as well as attending the technology workshops in Fargo, North Dakota for three years, Crystal was able to implement Polar products in her school. Crystal uses Polar heart rate monitors in her lesson plans twice a week. According to Crystal, the most important reason to use Polar in P.E is the feedback that the students receive and the hard data that it provides.The Buzz:Crystal likes "the feedback that my students and I receive about working out in their target heart zones. The students gain knowledge of their fitness levels and know if they are in the healthy fitness zone."Students enjoy "using the technology to get feedback on their fitness levels."Administration likes "the hard data that Crystal can provide about students and their fitness levels."
Illinois State University
Teacher: Dale D. Brown
Dale is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Illinois State University. In Dales' 24 years of teaching, he has taught 10 years using Polar. He is affiliated with various memberships such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association and American College of Sports Medicine. Throughout his career he has received awards such as the Outstanding Teaching Award at Illinois State University and the Central Illinois American Heart Association Heart Saver and Hero Award.
About Illinois State University:
The School of Kinesiology and Recreation is located in the university right outside of Normal, Illinois. Illinois State University offers many undergraduate and graduate PE programs. The School of Kinesiology and Recreation provides various programs to enable students to choose from a diverse range of careers. These academic options include: athletic training, exercise science, physical education teacher education, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation.
The University started using Polar technology in conjunction with grant programs accompanying collaboration in area schools. As the university worked to enhance physical education programs (K-12), Polar technology/products became incorporated into primary, secondary and university classes as well as in our Exercise Physiology laboratory. As a result, Polar technology has become integrated into teaching, research and service programs at Illinois State University.
Polar has made an impact on Illinois State University. They have been using various types of Polar systems. These systems including the Polar TriFIT 600 and 700 system, Heart Rate monitors E200's, E600's, FT60's, Team 2 Heart Rate Monitoring System, and handheld PDA devices.
This technology has enhanced the curriculum at the University by allowing students to experience the application of concepts taught in classes. Through the measurement, recording and summary of their personal data, students better connect concepts to everyday life. Students not only realize ways to better their own wellbeing but also learn how the technology can be utilized in the real world as they progress into professional settings. The summary reports that Polar TriFIT creates allows for the students who have no Exercise Physiology background to understand why the five components of fitness are important, where they currently rank among population specific norms and standards, and it also gives students an idea of WHY it is important to either maintain or improve these numbers. The reliability, versatility and the applicability of the Polar technology makes the equipment very attractive and useful.
Martin Luther College
Teacher: John (Jack) Gronholz—Chairman of Physical Education Division
Jack has 42 years of teaching experience and has taught physical education at every level of the educational spectrum from early childhood through college. He has 10 years of teaching experience using Polar technology. He's a member of AAHPERD and is presently serving on several committees at the the local and state levels working to increase the physical activity habits of people of all ages. As a member of the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program leadership committee of Brown and Nicollet counties he has been influential in getting five schools to adopt Polar equipment for use in their physical education and athletic programs.
About Martin Luther College:
Approximately 700 students attend Martin Luther College, located in a rural part of south central Minnesota. All students are preparing to be teachers, staff ministers or pre-seminary pastors. Since the college is the ministerial education college for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod church body, graduates go on to teach in WELS early childhood, elementary, and secondary schools across the U.S., or on to the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI to complete pastoral training.
Polar technology was initially purchased with a faculty initiative grant and physical education department funds for a "Fitness for Life" class. This is a semester long class that is part of the core curriculum at Martin Luther and is a requirement for all students. Students and athletes use Polar F11, FT 60, and E600 heart rate monitors in addition to the TriFIT 700 System. Personal workouts are recorded to www.polarpersonaltrainer.com via the six computer stations available in the fitness center. Polar equipment is available for all students, faculty, staff and WELS members in the community through the school's fitness cente. During the past school year the fitness center recorded more than 6,000 checkouts of the different watches for personal use.
Jack likes "the fact that I have data to support student workout records. The watches record exactly what the students have done, when they've done it and how hard they exercised. I feel that I am empowering students to take responsibility for their lives and to have feedback to support their efforts."
MLC's Physical Education Department likes, "that our students are on top of the technology that is available for use in educational and personal settings and that our graduates will be prepared to impact the lives of the students they teach through the use of the latest technology."
Students like that "they can see personal results from the feedback provided for each workout and they get a feeling of being in control of their workouts and lives."
"I have seen our students more motivated to work out because they can see their day- to-day efforts and mark their improvements." --Jack Gronholz
Millis Middle/High School
Teacher: Scott Kendrick
Scott is a Physical Education teacher at Millis Middle/High School. He has been teaching for twelve years and has been using Polar technology for eight years. He is currently a member of affiliations such as MAHPERD and AAHPERD. Scott has been featured in various articles including: "Sparking the Brain” Commonwealth Magazine, the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation’s report on childhood obesity, and in the Boston Globe’s "It’s Weight on Their Minds” article. He was recognized and visited by Dr. John Ratey (author of SPARK).
About Millis Middle/High School:
Millis Middle/High School is located in the suburban area of Millis, Massachusetts in the Millis Public School District. The typical size of physical education class in the middle school is 25 students; in the high school there are 18 students. Students are in grade levels 5-12. Millis Public School District was recognized as a "Distinguished Apple School." Millis High School was named one of the top 1000 public high schools in the United States by Newsweek Magazine.
In fifth/sixth grade core activities include: skill development, game strategies and tactics. Then they have to apply those skills in high intensity cardiovascular fitness activities.
In seventh/eighth grade the primary focus is fitness based education. Everything revolves around fitness, target heart rate, intensities that promote brain growth and academic promotion, and personal improvement. The goal of the program is to help students understand what they need to know and be able to do to improve their own personal fitness.
In tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade (Fit 1 and Fit 2 Classes), the focus revolves around personalized fitness. The students learn the main 5 components of fitness and how to design personalized weight training and cardiovascular fitness programs. Fit 2 classes are a continuation of Fit 1 and go into more depth and are more specific in personalizing fitness (and nutrition).
Leadership and Outdoor Pursuits class, which consist of eleventh and twelfth graders, the core activities include: outdoor adventure class that promotes leadership development, cooperative and teambuilding skills, which allows students to experience alternative outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock-climbing, and white water rafting.
The Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation (2006-2009) helped for the start up of the Foundations of Health and Fitness Course in the seventh and eighth grade classes. The Millis Public School District bought their first 30 Polar heart rate monitors with the money, which was the foundation for the start of the program. Originally, Scott designed a fitness course for 7th and 8th graders (that was in addition to regular Physical Education classes) that ran for 90 days straight (for each grade) that was funded by the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation. Scott uses heart rate monitors every day in the 7/8 grade program. They use them every other day in the high school program (because they alternate weight training and cardiovascular fitness activities). Polar heart rate monitors allowed Scott to measure students objectively, equally, and helped motivate students to achieve success. The school originally started out using the E40 heart rate monitors (for about 4 years). Then they upgraded to the E200 heart rate monitors (and have been using them for about 4 years). Now, they have upgraded again to the H7 sensors (with using the iPad).
Scott likes how Polar technology allows him to differentiation instruction and personalizes the class for each student. Scott also likes how it levels the playing field for all students and allows him to objectively assess each student based on their personal needs and fitness level. Polar technology provides Scott formative and summative feedback for students and gives concrete data on student progress and achievement. Polar technology also provides an analysis that can be used as a source of communication to students, parents, and administrators.
Administration likes that Scott can objectively assess students and prove how hard students are working, using reliable and specific data. They also like that he is using technology to engage and motivate students toward achieving success.
Students: like using the new H7 sensors because it is more motivating for them (in comparison to just using the E200s). They can see their progress and see how hard they are working. They also like the summative analysis that provides them specific feedback about their performance.
"The unique thing about Polar is that it has truly validated what our program provides for students in our schools. More importantly, it validates the students and how hard they working in class. If we can provide a sense of purpose and empowerment to our students, we know that they will be more likely to take these lessons and experiences and use them for a lifetime."
Naperville Central High School
Teacher: Paul Zientarski
About Paul: Paul is the department chair for Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education. He's been teaching for 36 years total, and has been teaching with Polar technology for the last 12 years. He's a member of National AAHPERD, Assistant Director PE4LIFE Naperville Academy, and also part of the Illinois High School Coaches Association. In addition to that he is a consultant for X2 Youth Fitness Centers and a part of the Organizing Committee for DuPage County PE Institute. About Naperville Central High School: Naperville is part of Naperville Community Unit School District in Naperville, Illinois. In this suburban area the typical P.E. class size is 36 students. Students are in grade levels 9-12. For the last 12 years at Naperville teachers have been using Polar heart rate monitors (HRMs) in class, and have also been using the TriFIT system for the last ten years. Naperville is also a PE4Life Academy. Core Activities: Paul uses team sports, teambuilding, individual sports and fitness activities to teach physical education at his school Using Polar: The 2005 PEP grant, 2004 Congresswoman Judy Biggart Community grant, and 2000 & 2001 Naperville Education Foundation grants provided the funding for Naperville Central High to use Polar technology. Paul incorporates Polar in his lesson plans at least once a week and sometimes more often than that. Naperville started using Polar when various school officials heard Beth Kirkpatrick speak. At first, Paul ordered 5 E200s and an XL to try teaching with heart rate. After the first year he knew he wanted to have a classroom set to be able to track each student individually. He was able to get parents and the community involved, and they raised enough money to buy another ten HRMs. The school PTA matched the money for another ten and successfully lobbied the Board of Education to match the ten as well. For Paul, the most important reasons to use Polar are, "helping students know the level of effort needed to be fit cardio wise, the longitudinal study of student fitness levels, and discovering problems at an early age stage to set up intervention." The Buzz: Paul likes Polar's "ease of use, data collection capabilities, and student accountability."
Administration likes "data collection and student accountability." Personal Highlight: Paul says, "Based on the TriFIT data, our students are far ahead of the norm for fitness levels when compared nation wide."
Neenah High School
Teacher: Eileen Hare
About Eileen: Eileen is a P.E. instructor at Neenah High School and the K-12 Physical Education department chair. She's been teaching for 22 years total, and has been using Polar technology in her lessons since 2004. She's a member of AAHPERD and WAHPERD. Among many honors and awards she's received are the 2004-05 Neenah High School Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2005-06 Neenah Joint School District Passion for Excellence Award. She teaches for UW-Oshkosh Evaluation, Assessment and Technology for K-12 Physical Education. About Neenah High School: Neenah High School is part of the Neenah Joint School District in Neenah, Wisconsin. In this urban area, the typical P.E. class size is 28 students. Students in grade levels 6-12 currently use Polar E600 Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs) along with the TriFit700 system and students in grade levels K-5 use TriFIT software on their laptops. Core Activities: K-12 students in the Neenah Joint School District are educated on the 5 health-related fitness components and use TriFIT to receive feedback on their physical fitness assessments. At Neenah High School, students develop their own personal programs based on their fitness assessments, health risk appraisals and meal planning. TriFIT data is tracked from kindergarten to 12th grade. TriFIT is used in a lab setting for the high school students. Using Polar: A PEP Grant as well as matching funds from the district provided the resources for Polar technology. District funds provide sustainability. P.E. teachers at Neenah High School started using Polar Technology because they wanted to provide students, parents, PE staff, and administration a comprehensive tool that would complement the curriculum, provide feedback on students’ progress, and meet state physical education standards. Physical education teachers in grades 6-12 use HRMs in their P.E. classes at least three times a week. For Eileen, the most important reason to use Polar in P.E. is because “the technology provides the tools for students to lead healthier lifestyles.” The Buzz: Eileen likes how "the HRMs provide constant feedback to both the student and the teacher. The TriFIT systems allow for flexibility in using different assessments to better meet the needs of all students. Furthermore, we can match personal profile components to be level specific, again reflecting to the state standards and sequentially building on the student personal profiles. The personal profile reports provide valuable on-going information for the students, parents, teachers, and administration to continually meet the needs for all students." Students "love the technology's instant feedback; it has assisted them with the intrinsic motivation needed to improve their health-related fitness scores and to become responsible for their overall personal wellness." Administration likes that "Polar Technology helps in the effort to change the direction of our entire K-12 physical education curriculum. The focus is now on an individually based program leading each student to his or her personal fitness zone. All course activities have now become a means to that end." Personal Highlight: Since implementing Polar in Neenah's P.E. program, Eileen has witnessed "an increase in activity time and time on task, and an increase in student knowledge of the health-related fitness components and nutrition. It has been less than a year since fully implementing the technology; nevertheless, our fitness scores in the cardiovascular area have improved. Additionally, there has been an increase in student enthusiasm for physical education as validated through a student survey."
Niles North and Niles West High Schools
Teacher: Paul Swanson
About the Teacher:Paul Swanson is the Director of Physical Welfare at Niles North and Niles West High Schools. Affiliated with AAHPERD, IAHPERD, Illinois Track Coaches Association and ASCD, he brings his 22-years of teaching experience (15 of them using Polar) to the Niles Township High School District 219. He has also been honored as a Blue Ribbon Award Winner for IAHPERD.About Niles North and Niles West:Niles North and Niles West High Schools are located in Skokie, Illinois and are part of the Niles Township High School District 219. These suburban high schools, teaching grades 9-12, have an average class size of 40 students. High schools in this district have been utilizing Polar since the early 90s.Using Polar:Using E600, E200 and E40 heart rate monitors, teachers incorporate Polar technology into their classes several times a week. In the 2011-2012 school year, Niles North and Niles West are starting a program where every incoming freshman in the class of 2015 will wear a heart rate monitor every day. Teachers utilize the data collection and immediate feedback to fodder conversations with students and parents about fitness levels. As students are seeing their efforts in real time, Niles North and Niles West PE teachers have seen their students put in greater efforts in annual fitness testing, and they seem to show a greater understanding of the importance of health related fitness concepts.Core Activities:The Niles Township High School District 219 has created two state-of-the-art cardio laboratories in both high school buildings. Each facility has 44 pieces of cardio equipment and audiovisual equipment, and heart rate technology is used as often as possible.The Buzz: The Administration: "The administration likes the data produced the most. They demand that our classes have a fitness component in them regardless of the activity. The watches allow us to produce data that supports our claims that fitness occurs not only in our cardio labs but in other sports and activities as well."The Students: "Educationally our students are informed about heart rate, target heart rate maximum heart rate and an appropriate target heart rate zone. It also reinforces concepts for FITT for our students in a very visual and tangible manner."We have also utilized the technology to implement a Learning Readiness program for students struggling in reading. Based on the John Ratey research highlighted in the book "Spark," we have placed high energy PE class right before the students reading class. We have seen small sample results that indicate a correlation between exercise and learning.
Oxford Middle School
Teacher: Jean Drennan
Jean is a Physical Education and District PE Resource Teacher at Oxford Middle School and taught at Blue Valley Northwest High School prior to 2013. She has been teaching for 28 years and has been teaching with Polar technology for 22 years. She is a member of KAHPERD and AAHPERD and has received the 1999 and 2010 BVNWHS Teacher of the Year Kansas and Central District Secondary PE teacher of the year 1999 awards. In addition to her teaching job, she also teaches junior PE majors at the University of Kansas how to use the Polar TriFit700 and companions and allows those students to assist her with all of the TriFit fitness assessments.
About Blue Valley Northwest High School:
Oxford Middle School is part of Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. In this suburban area, the typical PE class size is approximately 30 students.
Oxford Middle School uses Polar Gofit along with the Polar TriFit system. Students use Polar Gofit with almost every activity done in the PE class. Students, teachers and administrators enjoy using Polar Gofit because there is no guess work. Students get immediate feedback and results and are able to work at the level that is best for them – not their classmates. Students and teachers like the easy-to-read reports and students feel empowered to make their own wellness choices after seeing their improvement.
When using Polar technology, Jean feels her students work harder. Seeing their heart rate and knowing their personal fitness data from the Polar TriFit system is extremely motivating for them to work their best.
Polar technology was introduced to the school 20 years ago and from then on, the school has done what they can to obtain funds to purchase Polar technology. Since their initial experience, Oxford Middle School has worked with administrators and used Building Technology money and District Bond money to buy Polar products.
Oxford Middle School feels every activity offered in their program can be done with a heart rate monitor.
On why her students like using Polar technology:
Middle School teacher Jean Drennan says "They appreciate it for the same reasons I like it – because they are not compared to anyone else"
What do you like most about teaching students using Polar technology?
Jean explains "Students work at a level that is best for them, not the person next to them. They get reports that are easy to read and justify what has been accomplished. The knowledge from fitness assessment data is the power students need to make their own wellness choices."
Teacher: Chris Warren
Chris is the Director of Kinesiology and the Program Director for Certified Personal Trainer program at Parkland College. He has been teaching with Polar technology for the entirety of his 17-year career. He is a member of AAHPERD, IAHPERD, NSCA-CPT and USA-W. Throughout his career he has received the Makino Foundation Award and an IAHPERD Grant.
About Parkland College:
Parkland College is a community college in Champaign, Illinois that serves approximately 13,000 students. From 1996-2003 it offered a traditional teaching/coaching physical education curriculum. In 2003 they expanded that offering to include 4 transfer pathways in kinesiology: Physical Education teaching/coaching, Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training and Sports Management.
In 2007 they added a Certified Personal Training program that consists of 35 credit hours and culminates in the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer certification exam. During the spring semester students enrolled in this program and spent 5 lab hours per week training clientele in private, semi-private and group training sessions from the following populations: faculty and staff, students, intercollegiate student-athletes and members of the community.
Parkland College uses a mixture of Polar heart rate monitors, a Polar BodyAge system, the Polar Team system, Polar Cardio GX and polarpersonaltrainer.com throughout their curriculum.
Parkland College was designed with technology in mind. The new facility includes a 7,500 square feet fitness center floor with state of the art strength & cardio equipment, two group exercise rooms, kinesiology classrooms and labs, and an assessment/personal training/massage therapy room. Polar technologies highlight the facility and we provide live telemetry in both group exercise rooms and the fitness center via Cardio GX/Team2 and large LCD's with projection screens. Personal training program uses Cardio GX to track training intensity during personal training sessions in both the personal training studio and main fitness center area. They also use the Team2 system with the women's basketball program. Cardio GX is also used in group exercise classes such as aerobics and spin class. Our BodyAge machines are in our assessment room and used for pre and post assessment, and we have a counter on the fitness center floor that will have three additional machines networked to BodyAge for clients to complete their HRA's and access their accounts. Parkland College was really excited to have the opportunity to design their facility in a way that will optimize the use of Polar technologies.
Polar technology is used for various labs in the following classes: Introduction to Kinesiology, Introduction to Human Movement, Exercise Physiology, Theories & Principles of Coaching, Personal Fitness Training I and Personal Fitness Training II.
Chris' students have been hired for premium positions because employers know they are well-versed in both theory and real-life hands-on experiences. Parkland College provides its students with Polar technology as freshmen, ensuring they graduate with a solid understanding of theory, as well as providing them with real life technology experiences they will use in the field daily.
On using Polar technology:
Director of Kinesiology and the Certified Personal Trainer program at Parkland College, Chris Warren says "Polar technology provides immediate, accurate feedback on intensity"
"The most valuable feature of the software is the ability to track and compare data for both an individual and a group over time"
"For a faculty/staff member we can examine trends for several years. The data enables us to substantiate what we are accomplishing in our curriculum and with individual students/clients"
How has being exposed to Polar technology benefited your students?
"Our students have been hired from premium positions because employers know that they are well versed in both theory and real-life hands-on experiences."
Parkview Middle School
Teacher: Scott Ehlinger & Shari Vermeer
About the Teachers:Scott and Shari work together at Parkview Middle School. Both AAHPERD members, Scott has been teaching PE for 15 years, 4 of which using Polar, and Shari has spent her 6 years teaching with Polar technology. By incorporating Polar technology into their daily curriculum, Scott and Shari find they are able to maximize the time students are engaged in activity, and keep track of their class’ improvements with ease.About Parkview Middle School:Parkview Middle School is located in Ankeny, Iowa. With a typical class of 25 students, 6th and 7th graders utilize E600 and E40 heart rate monitors, while teachers track data with PE Manager – they will be implementing TriFIT assessment software soon. This is a PE4Life Model Site.Using Polar:After PE Teachers and Parkview Middle School's Principal attended a training at a PE4Life and Polar showcase school, funds for Polar technology were set aside in the general school budget. Across the board, students, parents and administrators are enjoying the benefits of implementing PE technology in their curriculum. Since using Polar products during classes, they have seen students getting more quality engagement time during class and seen a significant decrease in disciplinary problems.Core Activities:Scott and Shari use heart rate technology and data collection for fitness-based activities as well as during team games.The Buzz:The Teachers: Like having data to share with the students and parents. This data helps them plot out their curriculum and make instructional decisions.The Administration: Fond of the "real life" applications students can take from their experiences and seeing/understanding the data, providing them with the tools to lead healthy lives. Being able to generate historical fitness data on each student also allows for more funding and grant opportunities. The Students: Students like the immediate feedback. Knowing their limits, they have an attainable daily goal to focus on, giving their PE class a purpose.
Seeger Jr/Sr High School
Teacher: Diane Hearn
About Diane:Diane is the Physical Education Department Chair at Seeger Jr. / Sr. High School. She has been teaching for 26 years total, and has been using Polar technology in her lessons for the last 4 years. Diane implemented Polar technology into her lessons after receiving the advice from other PEP grant recipients. Diane is also a member of IAHPERD, AAHPERD, the Indiana State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. She has presented at the IAHPERD State and Regional Conferences.About Seeger Jr. / Sr. High School:Seeger Jr. / Sr. School is part of the Metropolitan School District of Warren County located in Indiana. The school hosts students in grades 7-12 all in one building. In this rural area, the typical P.E. class size is between 60-70 students in P.E. and 20-30 students in elective health. Students in grade levels 7-9 have been using Polar E600 heart rate monitors, PE Manager Software, TriFIT, and the Companion for four years.Core Activities:Diane uses use the 5 components of fitness, fitness activities, state physical education standards, HRMs daily and other activities to teach physical education at Seeger. Polar technology has given us validation and attention from the administration and the staff. In addition to our Polar training, we have attended many clinics and seminars about brain breaks in the classroom and activity based learning. There is evidence that increasing a student’s heart rate for 20 minutes before reading, math and test taking will “wake up the brain” and make learning easier. We have helped teachers incorporate active learning into their classrooms.Using Polar:A PEP grant was awarded to Seeger Jr. / Sr. School to fund Polar technology in P.E. classes. According to Diane, she incorporates heart rate monitors every day in class. “Some days, it may be to show our students that a slower heart rate (HR) will help them in an activity like archery. However, our students wear their watches for every activity.”The Buzz:Diane likes that “PE Manager and the heart rate monitors make grading a snap. The HRMs take all the guess work out of which students are working hard and who are not.”Students like that “they have their grade books right on their wrist, so they know exactly what their HR grade is for the day. It motivates them to stay active. The printouts we can give them for any of their testing by using TriFIT gives them a hands-on written document to take home and share. They also enjoy the PE Report Card because it contains all the detail about their grade so there are few questions.”Administration “is very data driven and the information we can gather using Polar is exactly the data our administration loves.” We were asked by our administration to lead activity time before ISTEP testing to our entire junior high. We were allotted 30 minutes to get our students up and moving and our goal was to make sure they were having fun. Here are some things our students had to say: “ISTEP was so fun this year. I really enjoyed it. Instead of ISTEP being boring you changed it up for us. You gave us activities to do which help me wake up and get moving around.” Another student wrote, “When it comes to the end of course assessments, I think we should go to the PAC (our activity center) so we can concentrate and get more focus.”Personal Highlight:“Our students are on the move constantly. We do not have students trying to hide in the background. They are accountable for their own activity level daily. We have also seen several students lose 20-30 pounds within a school year and they tell us they have done nothing different than just participating in their zone during P.E.”
Sierra Vista Jr. High School
Teacher: George Velarde
About George:George is currently a Physical Education Department Chair at Sierra Vista Jr. High School in Canyon Country, California. He has been teaching for a total of 14 years, and has been using Polar technology for 20 years. George is a member of both CAHPERD and NASPE and was named 2006-2007 Teacher of the Year at his school in addition to receiving the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award" five times! In 2009, George was awarded the California Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He was also named Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the California Coach's Association. About Sierra Vista Jr. High School:Sierra Vista Jr. High School is part of the William S. Hart School District in Canyon Country, CA. In this suburban area the typical P.E. class size is 45-50 students. Students are in grade levels 7 and 8, and currently use Polar E Series heart rate monitors (HRMs) in addition to the TriFIT 700 system. Teachers at Sierra Vista additionally use TriFIT software, PE Manager Software, and the Companion Pocket PC. Sierra Vista Jr. High School is recognized by the President's Council as a Physical Activity/Fitness Demonstration Center (PE Program). In 2009, the school won the Golden Bell Award by the California School Board Association for the "No Child Left on their Behind" Physical Education Program. Sierra Vista was also named the Physical Education Middle School of the Year by the California Coach's Association in 2009.Core Activities:George uses V-Cycling Virtual Reality Bikes, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Xavix, Climbing walls, Trikke’s, Tritons, Fitness Conditioning, Survivor, Body Blades, T-Bows, Frisbee Golf, Basketball, Soccer, Over the Line, Racquetball, Tennis, Elliptical training, Spin bike training, Rowing, Stair climbing, Jump rope, Walking with pedometers, Cross country, track and field training, and a weight training circuit to teach Physical Education at his school.Using Polar:George’s school received an Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation Grant for the 2006-2007 school year, which funded the initial purchase of Polar technology in his school, but in 2007-2008 was awarded a PEP grant, which has also helped purchase technology. Teachers at Sierra Vista Jr. High use Polar in lessons 3 times a week. For George, the most important reason to use Polar is, “to teach students through the important curriculum of the New PE. If we are successful, no child will be left on their behinds.”The Buzz:George likes “objective measurement over subjective grading. Teachers are able to individualize PE according to each student’s health and fitness levels, thus being able to create a total health portfolio.”
Students “have fully embraced Polar technology. It keeps them on task at a moderate to vigorous activity level. They are constantly looking forward to receiving their heart rate comparison reports for the PE portfolios. This helps them measure individual performance and progress throughout the year.”
Administration and Parents like “the first hand program results of a student’s grade, heart rate data, and daily class performance. Most importantly, they like to see the accountability and objectivity the technology brings to the PE program.”Personal Highlight:Since using Polar technology, George has observed his students taking pride in their fitness levels.
Teacher: Ms. Judy LoBianco
Judy is the Supervisor of Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. She has been supervising for 5 years and the district has been using Polar Technology for the past 6 months. She is a member of ASCD, AAHPERD, NJAHPERD and NJCAHPE and received the 2010 NJ State Physical Education Supervisor of the Year.
In the South Orange-Maplewood School District in New Jersey, Polar technology is used in grades 4-12. Polar heart rate monitors are utilized in grades 4-12, the Polar TriFIT system in grades 9-12 and the Polar PE Manager software 6-12. In this suburban area, the typical PE class for K-5 is 25 students and 6-12 is 30 students.
Teachers and administrators in South Orange-Maplewood School district like using Polar technology because it represents the physical education of a new generation of children in physical education.
The South Orange-Maplewood School District use Polar E-Series heart rate monitors, Polar PE Manager and the Polar TriFIT to help deliver the curriculum at the schools in fitness and adventure programs.
Since using Polar technology in her curriculum, Judy has seen more motivated students and teachers. Her students have an observable interest in checking the heart rate monitor for their progress and the staff is interested in learning new ways to teach heart rate and grade students based on individual assessment and improvement.
A PEP grand provided funding for the school district to obtain their Polar products and initial training in November 2009.
What do you like most about using Polar technology?
Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services supervisor Judy LoBianco says “It represents the physical education of a new generation of children in physical education”
How do your students like using Polar technology?
Judy shares, “Our students have embraced these technologies and have been motivated by their use”
What visible improvements have you seen in your students in your experience using Polar products?
Judy has seen “An observable interest in checking the heart rate monitor watch for their progress and adjusting their activity to achieve their target heart rate. In addition, a motivated staff that is interested in learning new ways to teach heart rate and assess effort in their grading. A motivated teacher means motivated classes”
Texas State University
Teacher: Don Rainey - Director of Physical Fitness and Wellness
Don has been teaching P.E. for 30 years total, and has been using Polar technology in his program for the last 7 years. He's a member of TAHPERD, NSCA and SEA. Among many honors and awards he's received are the Texas Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award, the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Service 2003, the Texas State University Favorite Professor Award, and the TAHPERD Honor award.
About Texas State University
There are approximately 5000 PFW (Physical Fitness and Wellness) students in undergraduate and graduate programs at Texas State each semester that lead to major in Athletic Training, Exercise and Sports Science, Health and Fitness Management, Health and Wellness promotion, and Recreation Administration.
Graduate programs are offered that lead to the M. Ed. in Health Education with two areas of emphasis: School Health or Community Health. Programs are also offered that lead to the M Ed. in Physical Education, with 3 areas of emphasis: Exercise Science, Sport and Leisure Management, and Education Foundations. Another graduate program at Texas State leads to a M.S. with a major in Recreation and Leisure Services and emphasis in Therapeutic Recreations and Recreation Administration.
An equipment budget as well as a grant provided the funds for Polar technology at Texas State University. When the program started, students would buy Polar Elastic straps and then be provided with Polar Heart Rate Monitors (HRMs). Students use Polar E600 HRMs and Polar F1s. Students are exposed to Polar in both lecture formats with introductory lessons on the values of technology, as well as in HPE labs with ongoing training sessions for students to use the equipment.
Don likes "the accountability for our students and the Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching the program and the improved perception of our department as a result of the equipment being used"
Students "find it interesting and beneficial. According to a recent survey of students, feedback for Polar has been very positive."
University of Central Oklahoma
Teacher: Trey Cone
Trey has been a Professor for 11 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. In his 11 years of being a professor, Trey has been using Polar for the past 6 years. He has been a member of different affiliations such as the American Alliance, National Association, and Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Trey received the OAHPERD Virginia Peters Higher Education Professional Award.
About The University of Central Oklahoma:
The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond Oklahoma on University Drive. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies' mission focuses on the preparation of professionals in the fields of exercise fitness management, outdoor and community recreation, physical education, and community health. The faculty and staff (currently 20 full-time professors, 29 adjuncts, and 2 full time support staff) are actively involved in the health, physical education, recreation, fitness, and athletic professions through membership in and service to appropriate professional organizations at the state, district, and national levels. The University offers different programs such as the Bachelor of Science in community/public health, science in education in physical education/health, science in kinesiology, and Master of Science in athletic training and science in wellness management. The Physical Education/Health's educational program provides students with entry level competencies to teach physical education and health in schools, grades K-12. The curriculum develops and enhances the students' psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains.
The University began teaching heart rate monitor technology to students (future physical educators) after hearing Polar presentations at national professional conferences. Since initial integration into teacher education courses, exercise physiologists have incorporated heart rate monitors and TriFIT testing technology into classes, labs, and research. More recently the university has begun to use the TriFIT to fitness test our Physical Education majors and meet NCATE standards. After being awarded a UCO faculty innovation grant, Polar accelerometers were purchased and are being used in physical education classes while working with area K-12 public schools.
Currently they are using: Polar TriFIT 600 System – (currently used to fitness test PE majors and satisfy NCATE standards (they currently test students using the Tanita Bioimpedance, Blood Pressure Measurement, Bicep Curl Strength, Sit and Reach, and in-put field measures for cardiorespiratory endurance), and by Exercise Physiologists for research purposes,Heart rate monitors (E200’s, E600’s), Polar Accelerometers :Used to teach future teachers and used when working with local public schools, PE Manager: is taught to future physical educators to keep them up with current trends in exercise technology and FT7 watches and polarpersonaltrainer.com are currently being implemented to evaluate personal fitness levels of pre-professionals in PE and Health.
The current uses of Polar technology provide students with many benefits that they did not have prior to its integration. Heart rate monitors allow students to quantify time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity. This allows faculty to create accountability in activity based classes and provides a teaching tool for future educators who will be required, if teaching in the state of Oklahoma, to ensure that at least 50 percent of PE class time is spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Additionally, students are able to monitor their personal progress in the area of fitness.
Windham High School
Teacher: Wayne Martin
About Wayne: Wayne has been at Windham High for 8 years. He's been teaching for 13 years total, and has been using Polar technology in his lessons for the last seven years. He is currently serving on the board of executives for Maine AHPERD as the webmaster and has also held other positions on the board, such as Vice President of PE and Physical Education Rep. Wayne recently visited Washington D.C. to help lobby the senate and congress in support of the Carol M. White Physical Education Grant. Among many honors and awards he's received Maine Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was the Maine High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year 2005. He is also a participant in the Maine Legislative Fitness Day since 2005, where he showed Governor John Baldacci and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit how to wear an E600 Heart Rate Monitor! About Windham High School: The Windham Physical Education team recently received the Carol M. White physical education grant which is currently in their 1st year of funding. With this grant the physical education program has significantly increased the minutes each student participates in physical activity per week in middle school and high school. Windham has adopted the philosophy of “i225” which was developed to increase students’ time in a moderate-vigorous activity. The theme for the grant is simple “Centers for Wellness”; collaborating with Windham Middle School, The Real School (alternative high school), The Windham Recreation Department, and D.A.R.E. to Adventure programs. Wayne’s primary role for the grant was to design and implement a digital wellness lab packed with cutting edge technology from Polar. The lab consists of over 35 laptops, 85 E600 heart rate monitors, polar pestudent.com, and other accessories. Windham High School is part of the Windham School District in Windham, Maine and is located just north of Portland. In this rural area the typical P.E. class size is 25-30 students for freshmen classes and 15-20 in elective classes. Students are in grade levels 9-12 and have been using Polar E600 heart rate monitors (HRMs), TriFIT, PE Manager Software, pestudent.com and the Pocket PC. Core Activities: Wayne uses Maine Local Assessments, the Lessons from the Heart Manual, and different electives to teach physical education at his school; the most popular elective is "Weight Training and Fitness". Using Polar:The Windham Team has secured monies to implement technology into the classroom to provide a more efficient means of relaying feedback to their student through many avenues. The PEP grant, The MAHPERD Innovative Grant, and new school budget helped fund Polar at Windham High School. Windham students started using Polar products regularly in P.E. classes after doing a pilot program for a year. Every semester at Windham starts with a two-week fitness lesson. HRM orientation and usage is the bulk of the lesson. For Wayne and his team, the most important reason to use Polar is to create awareness. "With Maine having one of the highest rates in child obesity, Polar technology has been an eye opener. For example, the TriFIT software allows us to compile district and school reports on students' fitness levels. With this we can justify the need and report to our administration and community." Through years of hard work the Windham PE program has implemented 180 E600 heart rate monitors into their program. The Buzz: Wayne likes how "Something new and innovative is being used. I think that's the way to reach today's student. Students love technology. When we first gave them the E600 it was like someone handed them a video game." With middle school students now being trained on heart rate monitors, they will be able to enter high school with the background needed to instill higher level learning.For Students using Polar has become routine, " From day one they are instructed on the use of HRMs and the software. They enjoy receiving the feedback." Administration likes, "the noticeable change in attitude in the way students perceive physical education." Personal Highlight: Wayne says, "Thanks to Polar, I have become a better teacher. The most important factor is the immediate feedback the students receive after a workout. It's one thing to check your pulse but to actually see your heart at work on a computer screen and analyze that-it's the reason why I became a physical educator."