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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It’s Catching On

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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It’s Catching On
Photo caption:  Grace Brown, 14, poses for a portrait while jogging at the park where she does her jogging workouts for her “online PE” class, in Alexandria, Virginia on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Grace Brown’s schedule at West Potomac High School in northern Virginia is filled with all the usual academics, and she’s packed in Latin, chorus and piano as extras. What she can’t cram into the 8:10 a.m.-2:55 p.m. school day is gym class. So she’s taking that one minus the gym, and on her own time.

The 14-year-old freshman is getting school credit for virtual physical education, a concept that, as strange as it may sound, is being helped along by availability of wearable fitness trackers. […]

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