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Let’s get physical: K-12 Students using wearable devices to obtain and learn about data from physical activities
TechTrends (2015)
  • Victor R Lee, Utah State University
  • Joel Drake, Utah State University
  • Kylie Williamson, Utah State University
Abstract
Accessibility to wearable technology has exploded in the last decade. As such, this technology has potential to be used in classrooms in uniquely interactive and personally meaningful ways. Seeing this as a possible future for schools, we have been exploring approaches for designing activities to incorporate wearable physical activity data tracking technologies to help students learn how to interpret data. This article describes four instances of designed learning activities in which wearable physical activity data tracking devices in use with K-12 students. Of special note is how the devices could be used to help students learn both content related to statistics and about physical activities in general. We also identify some of the challenges associated with the use of such devices that others who may use wearable technology in the classroom may wish to consider.
Keywords
  • activity trackers,
  • sensors,
  • statistics education,
  • wearable computing
Publication Date
2015
Publisher Statement
This is a post-print of the following article which is available in published form at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11528-015-0870-x
Citation Information
Victor R Lee, Joel Drake and Kylie Williamson. "Let’s get physical: K-12 Students using wearable devices to obtain and learn about data from physical activities" TechTrends Vol. 59 Iss. 4 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/victor_lee/34/