Bands track how hard students work in P.E.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette High School is using heart rate bands to track how hard students are working during physical education activities.

The cardio bands came in part from a grant from the West Lafayette Education Foundation and are placed around the students chest. Students are required to keep up at least 70 percent of their maximum heart rate for 10 minutes. The monitors track and send student heart rates to an iPad for the teacher to see.

PE Department Head Andrew Kiernan said the live feed and reports makes it easier to see who is trying and who isn’t.

“Honestly, it takes some pressure off the teacher. We can now more accurately assess participation, instead of just speculating,” Kiernan said. “…Now, we can give feedback to the student, accurate feedback during class and show them.”

The information collected from the heart rates is also sent to parents, so they can see their child’s progress.

Kiernan said he would like see program expand, so that teachers can track the progress of students from elementary school to high school.

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