AUSTIN (KXAN) — When it’s too cold or rainy outside, your kids at school probably have indoor recess with something called Go Noodle. They are popular videos designed for kids to get them moving in the classroom.
Soon, Austin ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Hays CISD will not have to pay for the videos this year like in the past.
This comes from a partnership between “Go Noodle” and Dell Children’s Medical Center. They’re sponsoring three years worth of subscriptions to Go Noodle Plus — that’s the version that includes games and other tools for teachers.
That’s 133 elementary schools and more than 78-thousand students who will be doing these brain breaks.
The idea is that taking a short pause from normal lesson plans gets the blood flowing, and helps refocus students so they learn better.
“If we have in the past just sitting at a desk, not moving, staring at a worksheet all day, they are not going to learn and we are not teaching innovators so in today’s modern society we have to teach students how to think and if we just make them conform to a desk all day long, they are not going to want to do it,” said Erin Smith, a teacher at Old Town Elementary.
After those three years, Dell Children’s will evaluate how the program helped and whether they want to keep funding it. It’s a more than $230 thousand commitment in all.