Boost your school’s activity levels with a Moki wristband

James Huggins, co-founder of Moki, explains why its wristband is a valuable tool for schools wishing to become more accountable for student health and wellbeing

Moki is a wearable activity tracker and software application designed specifically for schools.

By wearing a Moki wristband, teachers and students can monitor their physical activity levels throughout the school day. The Moki desktop app presents the data on a student, class, year or whole school basis and empowers staff and leadership teams with an unprecedented view of whole-school activity levels.

With mounting pressure on schools to become more accountable for student health and wellbeing, the ability to monitor physical activity levels is close to impossible. Moki was developed in schools as a solution to this problem. A system was needed that is robust, affordable and incredibly easy. Physical activity is not just a function of sports and PE and so Moki offers schools a complete picture allowing them to measure the impact of various initiatives and activities, as well as identify those less-active students that may need extra support.

Chris Willan, headteacher at Water Primary School, discusses the impact of Moki at his school.

Has your school noticed increased activity levels?

Absolutely. As a school we are extremely passionate about health and wellbeing. We are a very active school and we put a large emphasis on encouraging children to being active both during school hours and outside of school hours.

However, since the introduction of Moki we have certainly seen the children respond with extra enthusiasm and engagement.

The custom challenges feature has been a brilliant way for us to set up some healthy competition between both pupils and staff. Moki has created a focal point for the school to think about our physical activity and keep it at the front of our minds. We have also been mindful of exerting extra pressure on children in terms of improving step counts. All competitions are completed with sensitivity and fun.

The Moki bands have also been an invaluable link to our science curriculum. The children have used them to enhance their learning around the heart, activity and fitness.

Moki bands are available in large and small sizes, meaning teachers can use them too

Can teachers and students use Moki?

Yes, the Moki bands are available in small and large sizes. Interestingly enough our first use of Moki was to run a staff step challenge. Staff wellbeing is extremely important to us and it was a great way to start discussions about making sure we didn’t overlook our own wellbeing and happiness.

This also worked perfectly in terms of getting the kids excited and engaged.

Needless to say we had some spirited efforts from our staff as they pursued the top spot!

What kinds of challenges have you taken part in?

The challenges feature in Moki is simple and flexible. You can create teams, targets and track progress so it’s easy to get creative and think of different ways to frame it.

Recently we ran a class challenge where students would choose their favourite sports personality and compete in a weekly step challenge as their role model. This led to
some very entertaining moments as we watched the likes of Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi jostling for positions on the leader board!

What makes Moki stand out compared to other activity trackers?

The Moki bands are simple and comfortable, plus, without any visual display, they cause no disruption or distraction in class. But the biggest difference between Moki and other pedometers and trackers is the app. The Moki app is incredibly easy to use and allows us to quickly set up teams, create challenges and view reports. There are so many reporting and analytics tools out there that are confusing and complicated, whereas Moki just gives you the useful data without any fuss.

James Huggins

W: https://moki.technology/

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