Use of Fitness Bands by Teachers in the Classroom
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Wearable technologies are increasingly gaining attention. Gadgets such as Smartwatch, Fitband, Google Glass, and similar healthcare devices can be worn by the consumer and have several benefits in various contexts. This study examined teachers perception on fitness bands and if they have any benefits to classroom teachers. 28 classroom teachers were each given a fitness band for 35 days. Prior to giving them the fitness band, a pre-survey was administered. At the end of the 35 day period a post-survey was administered. Ninety-three percent of the teachers completed both the post and pre-survey in which they responded to change in teacher motivation and teaching practices due to wearing the fitness band. There were also four open ended questions that addressed benefits and challenges of using the fitness band in educational contexts. This study has implications for those considering using fitness band in an educational setting.
KeywordsFitness bands Wearable technology Teachers Motivation Teaching practices
This study was funded by Institute for Emerging Issues, NC State University. Grant Titled “Beginning Teachers Matter”.
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