Why Online PE?

High school students these days are often turning to online lWhy Online PE?earning to help them get the credit they need for graduation. Online math, science, and language arts are now considered mainstream, but what about PE? Is there a need for online PE? Why are students turning to an online physical education solution?

Three Reasons Why Students Take Online PE

1. Need for a flexible schedule.
One of the most common reasons students take an online course is the need for a flexible schedule. Oftentimes students want to take additional elective courses during the school day—foreign language, band, choir, drama, wood shop—there’s too many good options! Taking online PE or health classes frees up a period so students can take an additional class of their choice.

Additionally, students want the flexibility to take the course how, when, and where they want. Online learning provides that anytime, anywhere flexibility. We often work with students who have limited schedules because they are training for the Olympics, traveling concert pianists, or focusing early on a career. However, this need for flexibility is also seen as a major factor for almost every student we have—whether they are a premiere athlete or a struggling teen. Online learning provides the freedom for students to work on classes at their own pace and however they see fit.

2. Don’t want to exercise at school.
There’s a variety of reasons a student may not want to attend gym class at school. For one thing, the locker room scene can be an uncomfortable situation. Plus, having to change your clothes, shower, and redo your make up or hair in a matter of minutes is less than ideal. Getting hot and sweaty in the middle of the school day is not generally something to look forward to. So many students opt to keep their clothes on during school and take an online PE class where they can choose to exercise at a time that is more convenient to them.

3. Setting the stage for life long fitness.
Although there are certainly some great in-school physical education programs out there, more often than not, they focus on playing group sports and learning the rules of the game. Yes, these are great skills to have, but how well do they set a student up for life long fitness? What are the life management and personal fitness skills a student needs to have to help them be healthy and fit for the rest of their lives? Because of the personal nature of online learning, a virtual environment is actually an ideal setting for learning about personal health and fitness. Students learn principles about health and fitness and practice applying those principles to their own lives and workouts.

Although online learning may not be for everyone, there’s a variety of reasons an online PE course is the perfect fit for many students. Carone Learning is the premiere provider of online PE and health courses. Learn more today!

How Do Olympic Athletes Keep Getting Better?

Relay raceLast August we all watched in awe at the XXXI Olympiad in Rio. As Katie Ledecky once again broke the world record for the 800 meter freestyle, we couldn’t help but wonder: how do we keep getting faster? 100 years ago, the world record for women’s 800 meter freestyle was 13 minutes. Last August, Katie Ledecky shaved about 5 minutes off of that time.

In his TED talk, David Epstein shed a lot of light on this phenomenon. He argued that it’s not humans that are evolving. Rather, it’s the games themselves.

Huge Leaps Forward

Epstein shares a graph that illustrates huge leaps and bounds in swim times throughout the years. He correlated those to new developments in methodology, tech, and engineering. For example, when the flip turn was incorporated into swim races, it cut off a significant amount of time in the world record. Additionally, new developments in swimwear allow swimmers to cut through the water and move more effectively.

Wider Access Makes the Field More Competitive

One major reason for the growth and development of athletes in general is the way that access to the sporting world has grown hugely in the last hundred years. Today, athletes are professionals, not amateurs who train in their free time. Today, access to athletics is available for more women, for more races, and for more socioeconomic groups. Between that and the growing population, we have a much larger group from which to choose our best and brightest athletes. After all, who’s better: the best of 100 people, or the best of 5,000?

The Rio games this year illustrated this development dramatically with our American women. They absolutely dominated, and many attribute that to the wider access that women have to sports over other countries and locations.

Sports Psychology Teaches Us To Test the Boundaries

The final big reason for the constant improvement of our athletes is harder to put your finger on. It has to do with the mental limitations that we put on ourselves. This was most dramatically and memorably illustrated by the shattering of the four minute mile. In 1945, the world record for running a mile was held by Gunder Hagg, who completed it in 4 minutes and 1.3 seconds. For almost 10 years, it was believed that humans had gone as far as they could go; there was no way to conquer a mile in less than four minutes.

It could be due to this psychological barrier that so many people made it their goal to defeat the four minute mile. In 1954, Roger Bannister completed a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. Only two months later, another athlete broke this barrier, Australian John Landy. Since then, the four minute mile is the standard for world-class runners, although it’s left the common vernacular since sports shifted to the metric system.

However, this incident illustrates an interesting point: sometimes, the biggest barrier to achievement is psychological. Sports psychologists work with athletes to help them push the boundaries of the human body. Any marathon runner will say that the race is just as much a mental feat as a physical one.

Exercise Science

For those fascinated (as we are) with the amazing feats of the human body, as demonstrated through Olympic athleticism, Exercise Science may be an optimal field of study to pursue.  To get you on the right track, Carone Learning’s Exercise Science course covers aspects from the physiology of body systems  and analyzing biomechanics to sports psychology and nutrition.  Learn more today!

PE for Students with Physical Limitations

online student Many traditional schools offer waivers in PE so that students with physical limitations will not have to take PE courses.  However, that is really doing a dis-service to the student.  Rather than opting out of PE, students should still have the opportunity to learn about health and fitness principles and participate in physical activity (if able) at their own pace and level.  Schools should offer these students an alternate option.

Online education is an excellent option for students with physical limitations because course requirements can easily be adapted to meet a student’s abilities. Students will still learn vital fitness principles, and they can work on progressing in areas where they are able. Carone Learning offers an adaptive PE course specifically for students with limitations, and we can also adapt the requirements of many of our online courses to meet special needs. Continue reading “PE for Students with Physical Limitations”

What Does a Fully-Rounded Education Look Like?

StudentAn effective education is so much more than grammar and algebra. Education is meant to prepare children for the future challenges that they’ll confront in their lives. In such a rapidly-shifting world, it can be hard to know exactly what will be useful to students in the future. Children need to be flexible, lifelong learners. That’s why modern educators are calling for a shift that in our system that educates the whole child. Continue reading “What Does a Fully-Rounded Education Look Like?”

What Is Health Education?

health wordHealth education is so much more than just nutrition and fitness. It teaches students about all aspects of health, including mental, emotional, social, academic, environmental, and consumer health. Students learn not only about each of these aspects of health, but also about how these many aspects work together. Health education, in short, revolves around the whole individual. Continue reading “What Is Health Education?”

Carone Learning Announces Partnership with Edmentum

EdmentumCarone Learning is excited to announce a partnership with Edmentum, a leading provider of technology-driven individualized learning solutions.  Carone Learning’s suite of quality health, PE, and career & elective courses will now be available to the thousands of school districts that use Edmentum’s online learning course libraries.

Read the full press release: http://www.edmentum.com/news/edmentum-announces-partnership-carone-learning

Essential Skills Our Students Gain through Online Learning

online educationOur online health and PE courses offer a different kind of learning experience and teach students essential skills and healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Here is a look at some of the skills our students practice most when they pursue online education with Carone Learning. Continue reading “Essential Skills Our Students Gain through Online Learning”

What Makes a Quality Online Course

online coursework Just as with face to face courses, best practices have been established for online learning to ensure students receive the high quality education that they need.  Standards of quality for online courses have been outlined by organizations such as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and Quality Matters. At Carone Learning, we pride ourselves on consistently meeting and exceeding these quality standards. Here is a look at some of standards we hold ourselves to when designing our health, PE, and elective courses. Continue reading “What Makes a Quality Online Course”

Help Your Child Succeed in Online Learning

Online learningOnline learning can be a major advantage for your child. The flexible schedule is a lifesaver for kids with complicated schedules and obligations. Students get to set their own goals and focus on the areas where they need the most help with personalized curriculum. Through online learning, students can also receive personalized feedback from a highly qualified instructor.

However, distance education can come with its own challenges. As a parent to an online student, it can be hard to know how best to support your child’s learning. Here are some tips to help you both succeed:

Have a Set Schedule

Although one of the many benefits of online learning is the flexibility, it’s still important to have special times reserved just for learning. If your child simply waits until the whim strikes them, they’ll get distracted with other things. As much as you can, set a definitive schedule and help your child stick to it every day. Monitor breaks and make sure that they’re just that–breaks–instead of an excuse to get distracted.

Give Them an Appropriate Space

Have a zone (in your house, or elsewhere) specifically reserved for learning. This will put your child in the right mindset for online learning. They’ll need sufficient computer resources and tools, but they also need to have minimal distractions, so it might be appropriate to set up restrictions on the internet for certain study-only times.

They’ll also need enough space for whatever activities the course requires. If there are physical exercises involved, your child will need an area to perform activities, and any exercise equipment would be welcome as well. Support them with all the materials and resources they’ll need to be on top of their game.

Be Involved in their Learning

Most online learning takes place using technology-enabled interface with the curriculum and instructors. Although this one-on-one learning is effective for most students, it’s still nice to have someone to talk to in person about the subject matter. As a parent, you have the power to help ignite passion for the subject in your child. Learn what your child is excited about in their course studies, and discuss it. Be in contact with their instructors so you know what they need to work on, and above all, keep track of their schedule, deadlines, and personal goals so that you can follow up regularly.

At Carone Learning, we believe that parents are a vital part of each student’s education. We want you to be actively engaged in your child’s success, and we partner with you to make it happen. Contact us for more information.