Overview of my Study
For my study, I wanted to explore if the use of running applications within smartphones, such as Nike Run Club, would ultimately increase the amount of running students outside of PE class. Would the use of a running application improve their run performance, such as distance and pace? Especially during these strange COVID times with sheltering in place and an unfamiliar model of hybrid learning, the goal was to increase student motivation to be physically active!
My students were directed to complete weekly running logs in which they were expected to go on at least two runs outside of PE class per week. Within their run logs, students set goals and recorded dates and time spent running. They were provided the option to use a running application or not. If using a running app, students could also record distance ran and be more specific in goal setting. When we returned to in-person learning, the running app users were encouraged to use them for in-class runs as well. The idea was to see if those students who used running applications ultimately ran more days per week, demonstrated greater improvement, and were more effective in setting and reaching goals.
This research implemented Standards 2 and 3 from Physical Education Model Content for California Public Schools - High School Course 2.
Standard 2: Students achieve a level of physical fitness for health and performance while demonstrating knowledge of fitness concepts, principles and strategies.
Standard 3: Students demonstrate knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.
Academic Tools to Explore
Nike Run Club
Nike Training Club