Moki Measure Steps and Success
It’s great to see Moki making waves in the world of edtech. All of our team have ‘smart watches’ that measure our moves and steps. Not is a 1984 Big Brother way – but as a way to nudge us towards activity, especially on days when we are office-based. But what about moving the kids? How can we incentivise children to get more steps in over the course of the day? Some of our children wear Fit Bits or similar and there is often friendly rivalry between the children – and indeed some of the teachers! However, we wanted to take things one step further and wanted to trial different approaches to recording activity in our schools.
Step forward Moki, who we first encountered at the BETT Show in January this year. Bizarrely, we met Moki founder James Huggins many years ago, when he was pioneering edtech innovations to develop a love of reading and curiosity. Once the connection was re-established, we set about trialling the bands in our schools.
A Sensible Approach
Rather than going whole school straight away, we set about trialling them with one teacher and one class – in this case with Year 5. According to the teacher, “the boarding process is easy – it really is user-friendly.” As to the children, they loved it – especially when they were put into teams. The teacher challenged them to get a certain number of steps and then beat their previous bests – with even the more reluctant learners joining in.
In terms of impact, the data is tracked by the team at Moki and the results make fascinating reading. We need to ask ourselves Why:
- is the variability between individual children so large?
- are girls less active than boys?
- are there still many schools with an ‘inactive curriculum’?
- do we sit more on a Monday than other days?
For full details of Professor Dylan Thompson’s initial findings into measuring steps, click here.
If you want to find out more about fitness trackers for children, check out Moki. Their ethos and approach definitely resonates with the team here at Move & Learn. In our experience, nudge theory works. You can get in touch with Moki here. Tell them we nudged you in their direction and we’ll look forward to hearing how you get on with Moving Kids in your own settings.
PS. Do you want to know how Moki can help you move & learn at home during these challenging times? Click here to see their suggestions and ideas.
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