Technology for Physical Activity & Learning

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Lack of physical activity impacts students’ health and studies show that it impacts academic performance. Video games and technology are often blamed. Join this session to see how technology and Active Learning (physical movement in learning) can be combined to increase student engagement in learning, classroom behavior and academic performance.

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  • Martha introduce Fizika Helps schools and communities adopt active learning strategies to improve learning and health outcomesWe bring to market quality products and services that enable active learningOur team of educational professionals create lesson plans and training programs to help educators apply best practiceswww.fizikagroup.com1 minute
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  • 1 minuteMartha PA enhances body which makes PL important
  • MarthaMartha will explain how AAHPERD has adopted physical literacy as the new goal of the national PE standards – following the lead of the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia . Those countries’ focus on physical literacy has helped all students to acquire the physical skills and abilities to be active for a lifetime – and produced more elite athletes – as shown by the medals earned during the 2012 Olympics.
  • 1 minuteMartha These composite brain scans were record ed by Dr. Charles Hillman of the University of Illinois. They provide a vivid illustration of the increased brain activity that is a result of exercise. Physical exercise, like walking briskly, can energize the brain to make it ready to learn. This information has been applied successfully by Naperville Central High, a suburban school located outside of Chicago. By targeting intensive cardiovascular exercise for those 9th grade students not performing at grade level, Naperville Central High has produced remarkable results: Reading and comprehension increased by 17%.. Rather than dropping out, students became engaged in learning – as their competency improved, so did their sel f confidence.For more information on the stunning results of Naperville’s “Learning Readiness PE “program, visit www.learningreadinesspe.com
  • Pontifex, M. B., , O’Leary, K. C., Raine, L. B., Chien-Ting, W., Drollette, E. S., Castelli, D. M., & Hillman, C. H. (2010). The beneficial effects of fitness training on neurocognitive function in preadolescent children. Presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO.*The color is positive neural activation in that region of the brain* The color blue is little or no activation in that region of the brainTalking points:Fifty children completed a recognition task on a computerOf those 50, 25 participated in a 9-month physical activity afterschool program, while 25 went home after schoolThose that participated in the afterschool program engaged in 75 minutes of physical activity each dayThose who had participated in the program improved their performance, while those who did not participate actually had lower scores
  • We also ask you to evaluate videos and case studies and reflect on certain elements of the video or case study. In this example we’re asking you to watch a video and take an opinion poll to share your thoughts on the video.The opinion poll is an example of how we try to connect learners throughout the course. After you complete the poll, you’ll be able to see what everyone else’s response to the poll that took it before you has been. Even though you will be taking the course on your own time, we’ll connect you to other learners through polls, discussion forums and other interactive tools.
  • MarthaCognitive development occurs in tandem with motor abilityPhysical activity can positively affect: Blood flow and oxygen to the brain, thereby improving mental clarity The part of the brain responsible for learning and memory BDNF “Miracle Gro” for the brainConnections between nerves in the brain, thereby improving attention and information‐processing skillsCite the work of Dr. John Ratey, whose pioneering book, SPARK, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, examines the evidence of why students in selected high schools are able to perform better than their peers. The answer: intensive cardiovascular exercise programs before and during the school day that increase the levels of BDNF – “Miracle Gro for the Brain - brain derived neurotropic protein tha t builds and maintains brain cells circuitry.
  • Martha – Common Core requires critical thinking and applied learning. Physical activity can help bolster student memory and attention span. Emphasis on physical literacy enables trained active learning specialists to use interdisciplinary instruction in PE for example, that can reinforce common core standards in math, reading and writing.On this call today we have representatives from states that have adopted Common Core standards and those who have not. Student Learning objectives are now being factored into teacher evaluation systems in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, to name a few.PA Example – new Teacher Evaluation System starting this fall – teachers will be evaluated on how well they manage the Classroom Environment – by establishing a culture for learning, managing classroom procedures, managing student behavior and organizing physical space.Active learning specialists are trained to work with classroom teachers to help them manage their classrooms by keeping students physically active and engaged in learning, another important domain in the teacher evaluation systems that many states are adopting following the Danielson or Marzano models.
  • Should be 2:35 PM at the end of this slideMarthaIf space does not allow an active exercise like this, create sitting brain break to encourage movement of hands and feet – crossing the midline. YouTube has many free brain breaks – you can also create your own by providing music in the classroom.
  • New entry in the field of Activity Monitoring – Sqord. Created by a tech start up in North Carolina, Sqord combines accelerometer technology with social media and gaming technology. Students create avatars – and upload their personal activity logs to Sqord.com where they can earn points and compete in friendly competition aimed at boosting – and rewarding physical activity.Show APS video from this link: https://www.sqord.com/video_show.php?video=arlington
  • No silver bullet.There is substantial evidence that physical activity can help improve academic achievement, including grades and standardized test scores. CDC Study of association between school-based PA and academic performance:14 studies looked at PE8 studies looked at RECESS9 studies looked at PA in CLASSROOMS“There does not appear to be a promotion, or support, from the Department of Education for daily physical education in many of our high schools,” (NY) – different in Illinois!
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  • Martha introduce Fizika Helps schools and communities adopt active learning strategies to improve learning and health outcomesWe bring to market quality products and services that enable active learningOur team of educational professionals create lesson plans and training programs to help educators apply best practiceswww.fizikagroup.com1 minute
  • Should be 3:15 PM at this timehttp://www.apsva.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=24627
  • Technology for Physical Activity & Learning

    1. 1. Technology for Physical Activity & Active Learning By NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Flickr: 2011 Celebrate Goddard Day) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    2. 2. LTMS Harrisburg University Andy Petroski Director of Learning Technologies Assistant Professor of Learning Technologies Harrisburg University apetroski@harrisburgu.edu @apetroski CAE&LT
    3. 3. Public Private Partnerships Fizika Group Martha Harris President/Founder Fizika Group, LLC martha@fizikagroup.com @FizikaGroup Active Learning Specialists
    4. 4. Fizika Group, LLC  Founded 4 years ago in Lancaster by Martha Harris and Michael Cordier  Our mission is to help schools and organizations deploy strategies that improve learning experience  Creators of Fizika Active Learning - an instructional method that can increase teacher effectiveness and boost student engagement in learning through systematic active learning interventions www.fizikagroup.com
    5. 5. Session Objectives • Make the connection between movement and enhanced learning • Consider Health and Motion Monitoring devices as Active Learning tools • Capture and evaluate data to comply with the new teacher evaluation methods
    6. 6. What is Physical Literacy? “The motivation, confidence, physical competence, understanding and knowledge to maintain physical activity at an individually appropriate level, throughout life.” Dr. Margaret Whitehead, UK, May 2006 www.physical-literacy.org.uk
    7. 7. New National Standards for PE* ‘The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective skills to adopt a physically active lifestyle, benefitting the healthy development of the whole person.’ *www.aahperd.org
    8. 8. Physical Activity Enhances Brain Function www.learningreadinesspe.com
    9. 9. Pre-test 9 Months Later FITKids Intervention Waitlist Control 7 µV 10
    10. 10. Elasticity
    11. 11. The Science of Exercise • Cognitive development occurs in tandem with motor ability • Physical activity can positively affect: Dr. John J. Ratey, Harvard Medical School, Author of SPARK, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain www.sparkinglife.org – – – – Blood flow and oxygen to the brain The part of the brain responsible for learning and memory BDNF “Miracle Gro” for the brain Connections between nerves in the brain
    12. 12. Why is Active Learning Important? Common Core Standards adopted by State Boards of Education New teacher evaluation methods Teachers will be evaluated based on Student Learning Objectives PE Teachers can help other teachers apply active learning in order to improve their effectiveness    
    13. 13. © 2011 Engaged Teaching All Rights Reserved
    14. 14. health & motion monitoring technologies www.polargofit.com
    15. 15. Sqord at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington VA
    16. 16. heart rate monitoring technologies
    17. 17. data capture, evaluation and sharing Research shows that students who work out in their target heart zone do better in school.
    18. 18. Naperville High School Case Study Learning Readiness PE (LRPE): Class content and course sequencing are structured to ensure students are very physically active immediately before challenging academic coursework to elevate concentration and improve cognitive skills. – Elevates students’ heart rate through cardio vascular workouts – Incorporates teamwork, tumbling and gymnastics, and “small-sided” games like 4v4 soccer and other sports – PE teachers and academic teachers coordinate on curricular content
    19. 19. LRPE Participation and Improvement on Standardized Tests Naperville Central High School freshmen performing below grade level were evaluated for improvement in reading and math based on participation in LRPE vs regular PE class. Regular PE : PE after academic classes LRPE (AM): PE immediately before morning reading/math class LRPE (PM): PE immediately before afternoon reading/math class
    20. 20. Learning Readiness PE and Performance on Standardized Reading Test 3.5 Change in Grade Level Regular PE 3 LRPE (AM) 2.5 LRPE (PM) 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 2005 2006 2007 * 2011 ** 2009 Sample Size (# students) * No students permitted to opt-out of PE in 2007 ** 2011 data includes students from Naperville North High School Grade level evaluated with Nelson-Denny Reading Test Year 2005 2006 2007 2009 2011 No PE 7 16 0 15 25 PE (AM) 9 16 16 33 74 PE (PM) 0 0 16 0 0 Total 16 32 32 48 99
    21. 21. Learning Readiness PE and Performance on Standardized Math Test 25% % Improvement on Algebra Readiness Test No LRPE LRPE 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 2006 2007 2008 2009 Sample Size (# students) Math skills evaluated using the Algebra Readiness Test Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 No PE 12 12 0 24 PE 12 36 48 51 Total 24 48 48 75
    22. 22. Benefits of Physical Activity: PE, Recess, and Classroom-based PA Cognitive Skills and Attitudes Academic Achievement • Achievement test scores • Attention/concentration • Grades/grade point average • Self-esteem • Creativity • Perception of academic or intellectual competence/self-concept • Perceived self-concept • Impulse control • Life satisfaction • Visual spatial skills • Working memory Academic Behavior Source: Systematic review, including 50 studies. Centers for Disease Control and • Conduct Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human • “On task” (not fidgeting) Services; 2010. • Attendance
    23. 23. existing & emerging classroom technologies By svonog (http://flickr.com/photos/svonog/432774995/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
    24. 24. existing & emerging classroom technologies
    25. 25. existing & emerging classroom technologies
    26. 26. questions
    27. 27. Active Learning Specialist Certificate Shape relationships | Focus on results Structured for resilience | Impact school plan Manager Communicator Goal-Setter Recruiter Active Learning Team Active Learning Specialist Leader Attracted & interested Intentions for involvement Have expected outcomes Overcome barriers Information and registration at www.harrisburgu.edu/activelearning
    28. 28. Fizika Group, LLC  Founded in Lancaster, PA – 2009 by Martha Harris and Michael Cordier  Our mission is to help schools and organizations deploy strategies that improve learning experience  Creators of Fizika Active Learning - an instructional method that can increase teacher effectiveness and boost student engagement in learning through systematic active learning interventions www.fizikagroup.com
    29. 29. Contact Information Martha L. Harris, MPA President/Co-Founder 717-575-7465 www.fizikagroup.com Michael J. Cordier, HED, Dip.TM Vice President/Co-Founder 321-474-1312 www.fizikagroup.com Andy Petroski Director, Learning Technologies Harrisburg University 717-901-5167 LTMS Graduate Program Hands Up for Active Learning! Email: activelearning@harrisburgu.edu Information and registration at www.harrisburgu.edu/activelearning

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