Classroom Activity

Virtual Traveler

Initiative Description: A program of pre-prepared physically active lesson sessions. Sessions included embedded Google Earth videos showing transitions between different global locations. Accompanying text provided questions on session content and prompted children to simulate appropriate on-the-spot movements of moderate-to-vigorous intensity as they “travelled” to and interacted with locations. Schools were randomized to an intervention (n=113) for control (n= 106) group. The intervention group received 10 minute VT sessions 3x/week for 6 weeks during math and English lessons. Children in the control schools received regular teaching. Measures were taken at baseline, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks during the VT intervention and 1 week and 3 months post-intervention

Study Results: Improved on task behavior.

Reference: Norris, E., Dunsmuir, S., Duke-Williams, O., Stamatakis, E., & Shelton, N. (2018). Physically active lessons improve lesson activity and on-task behavior: A cluster-randomized controlled trial of the “Virtual Traveller” intervention. Health Education & Behavior, 45(6), 945-956. doi:DOI: 10.1177/1090198118762106

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good