Using Technology to Monitor Step Count Patterns of Youth
Tyler Johnson, Janel White-Taylor, Arizona State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Antonio, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-61-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Regular physical activity participation leads to health benefits. Choosing to be physically active on a regular basis (i.e., daily) is a defense against a number of diseases like heart disease, some types of cancer, diabetes, and depression. It is reasonable to assume that children and youth who develop habits of regular physical activity now will be more likely to participate in physical activity as they age. Physical activity participation can be measured by using a pedometer, a device that calculates the number of steps a child takes during a specified time period. Pedometers can be utilized in the school setting to help students monitor their physical activity participation and to provide opportunities for goal-setting. This session will provide hands-on experience to attendees regarding the use of pedometers in their classrooms to faciliate a greater awareness for the need to be physically active.
Johnson, T. & White-Taylor, J. (2007). Using Technology to Monitor Step Count Patterns of Youth. In R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2007--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 675). San Antonio, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).