Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

Implementing Wearable Technology at Schools Boosts Engagement, Motivation

Posted in Blog on 20 October 2016

Long a staple of athletic workouts, wearable tech is now seen as a future influential piece of education technology.

Wearable tech has been identified as an advancement that will be growing more widespread in the next four to five years, according to the NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K–12 Edition,

“Well-positioned to advance the quantified self movement, today’s wearables not only track where people go, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished. This category also has potential to interest a variey of students in STEAM learning, as classroom activities can encompass multidisciplinary efforts of design, building, and programming.”

At the A. Harry Moore School at New Jersey City University, we have had great success using wearable technology to support the needs of our students.

The students at our demonstration laboratory school have low-incidence disabilities; they represent a small percentage of the school-age population.

However, the success we have had implementing various wearable technology is something that can be applied in variety of settings, including special education and general education environments.

Here are some of our tips and takeaways from our wearable implementation:

Fitbit Increases Student Motivation to Explore

Getting students up and moving is an important part of our school day. Integration of the Fitbitinto our Adaptive Physical Education program has given our students added encouragement to move throughout the day. Counting steps and tracking movement has motivated even our most reluctant walkers to amble down the hallways and strive to make their daily step counts.

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