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Byron High School combines physical education with modern technology

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App keeps track of student performance in physical education class at Byron High School App keeps track of student performance in physical education class at Byron High School

BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) -- When most think of physical education classes they may think of running, a few sports, and an easy A. However, Byron High School is making sure their students get the most out of the class by using apps and iPads.

For the past two years, the school has used heart rate monitors to track how hard and how long each student is working out during class. The data is then sent to an iPad app that each PE teacher can check in real time. If a student doesn't work out to at least 70 percent of their heart rate, they fail class for the day.

"We can't really screw around or anything," said Byron senior Isaac Jestus. "You can't just sit at your machine. You have to actually try."

Byron PE teacher, Chad Rolandson, signed up for the program after being challenged by the Byron school board to get students to be more active. With a $10,000 grant, he registered for the program last school year.

"They're used to the old school phy ed where the athletes stand out," said Rolandson. "They never get challenged and they get an easy A."

Since the program was instituted, Rolandson has noticed how motivated his students have become.

"Whether they're in great shape, moderate shape, or superior shape, they all have to push themselves to get their grade," said Rolandson.

As for the students, they are adapting to Byron's modern phy ed.

"The technology's not gonna fail," said Jestus. "It's on there and it's not gonna go away."

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