Technology helps make running exciting for fifth grade students
Thanks to technology and a new app, fifth grade physical education students at the Jordan-Elbridge Dynamic Intermediate School (JEDIS) are getting excited to run their warmup laps during class.
Teacher Mark Fietta downloaded the app, QR Laps, which utilizes QR codes to help count laps. When students run by his mobile device, he/she flashes an index card with a code on it, and the app records the students’ name and lap and calculates the total distance they’ve gone.
Fietta – who has four classes of fifth grade students – separated the students in each class into four groups. He said the goal was to motivate the students and get them excited about fitness.
“We’re having a competition amongst teams through the month of December to see how many laps they can accumulate during the next four weeks,” he said.
“We’re going to see which team runs the most, and we’ll see how many miles they’ve gone.”
Cameron Fraher said she’s excited about the month.
“I’ve never done anything like this. It’s kind of competitive, which is fun,” she said. “I want to beat the other teams.”