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IU High School Online Launches ‘Kinetic Play 101’ to Revolutionize PE

IU High School Online (IUHS) has partnered with Flow Circus to launch an exciting new course titled “Physical Education: Kinetic Play 101” in a bid to revolutionize physical education and redefine traditional notions of play.

Mar 27, 2024
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IU High School Online (IUHS) has partnered with Flow Circus to launch an exciting new course titled “Physical Education: Kinetic Play 101” in a bid to revolutionize physical education and redefine traditional notions of play. This groundbreaking class aims to engage students in a dynamic exploration of movement, creativity, and physical fitness.

The course, which is accessible through the IUHS Online course catalog, deviates from traditional physical education curricula by integrating kinetic play practices that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Students are encouraged to think creatively and develop their own distinctive methods for physical exercise, with a focus on developing creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking.

Developed with Dawn Daria and Paul Miller of Flow Circus, “Kinetic Play 101” immerses students in a variety of movement-based tasks, challenges, and projects. IUHS Course Specialists Aditi Sonawane and Cristie Kellar, with the help of IUHS Instructional Designer Tom Hunt, were instrumental in the course’s creation and preparing the learning environment for students.

Using your body to move items by tossing, flipping, catching, throwing, spinning, or swinging is known as kinetic play. Students will discover via this kind of play that, with practice and concentration, obstacles can be rewarding and that failure is part of the journey. With this one-credit course, they’ll have the chance to employ applied physics, have fun, and jive to their own beat.

“As an online asynchronous high school, we have a responsibility to ensure our students have opportunities to build wellness practices away from the screen,” said Dr. Rebecca C. Itow, Assistant Vice Provost in Undergraduate Education and former IUHS Principal.

Kinetic Play 101 makes physical education accessible – both because it offers a non-traditional, standards-aligned physical education curriculum that supports modifications and adaptations to accommodate students with varying needs and skills, and because students can take the course at any time of day, anywhere in the world.

As educational institutions continue to explore innovative approaches to physical education, classes like Kinetic Play 101 serve as a unique example of how technology and creativity can be harnessed to transform the learning experience. Through a blend of motion, play, and digital innovation, IUHS is paving the way for the future of physical education, inspiring students to embrace an active lifestyle and experience the joy of movement in novel and engaging ways.

The US Play Coalition’s 24th annual Conference on the Value of Play offers diverse perspectives and innovations in play, aiming to inspire and educate attendees on its significance across contexts. Through engaging presentations, workshops, and networking, it fosters exploration of research, policies, and approaches supporting play for all ages and backgrounds. Attendees connect with experts to advance play in education, health, and community development.

Join IUHS Online and Flow Circus at this upcoming event to further explore the global influence of this curriculum on physical education or visit the IU High School Online website to learn more.

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