Technology propels PE into new era

By Nancy Thomason, Charlotte Observer

PE has taken a page from the school’s academic classes and now embraces technology as a tool to optimize physical training and encourage lifelong fitness. Kristie Oglesby, PE teacher and Health Department chairwoman, said the Providence Day Wellness and Athletic Intensity programs began a pilot program in 2011 to align themselves with the school’s technology goals. The programs are utilizing heart-rate monitors, computer software and smartphone applications to provide students a method of measuring wellness-based training. The program is meant to provide students optimal tools to continue with a lifetime of exercise, fitness and wellness. “The ultimate goal of this method of instruction is to increase the level of fitness in every student in the school,” Oglesby said.

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