There is so much to pack into the school year—it seems there isn’t a second to waste. Every minute must be planned thoroughly to get the most out of each school day. Adopting a new technology can throw a wrench into well-laid plans, but Walkabouts were designed with the teacher in mind to be one of the most time-effective products on the market.
The struggle to adapt EdTech into the classroom is very real, and so our staff provides support for teachers to work efficiently, cover the required content, and learn how to play Walkabouts with minimum effort.
Fitting Walkabouts into Your Lesson Plans
Walkabouts are web-based lessons for pre-K to second grade students that integrate movement with language arts, math, and reading content. These lessons were inspired by years of published research. Dr. Julian Reed, the creator of Walkabouts, is among the nation’s leading researchers studying the connection between health and academic achievement. His team confirmed that integrating physical activity into elementary curricula leads to greater cognition and higher scores on achievement tests, so he combined movement with academic content. Educators can get kids moving in the classroom while still teaching required material.
Walkabouts were designed so that teachers can quickly select a grade, subject, subcategory, standard, and press play! These five steps take just a few seconds. Professional development is not required. However, if teachers want to learn about the additional features of Walkabouts, ActivEd provides step-by-step quick reference guides and videos.
Walkabouts help teachers use their time effectively in the classroom, are known for ease-of-use, and include technical support. In a recent survey of over 150 teachers who use Walkabouts, 84% reported that Walkabouts were important or very important to reinforce a math, language arts, or reading concept that was previously taught. Many educators leveraged Walkabouts to review a concept before starting new material. One teacher commented that her students were excited to do Walkabouts. “They really enjoy the opportunity to participate in a Walkabout. They don’t realize they are learning or reviewing material…they just think of it as a game!”
Independent researchers at Iowa State University and the University of California at Irvine examined the impacts of Walkabouts as a supplement to traditional lessons versus controls with traditional lessons alone. Pre-K to second grade students exposed to Walkabouts’ standards-aligned, physically engaging lessons for eight weeks showed significant improvements in inattention, reduction in hyperactivity, and increase in classroom engagement, an indicator of academic performance in math and language arts.
Convinced? Contact us to try Walkabouts today!