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Physical education in the age of online learning

For students from Meraki High School outside Sacramento, California, staying fit during the coronavirus pandemic has been as easy as playing solitaire.



a group of people playing frisbee in a park: Fitness trainer Myriah Volk (far left) of Sebastopol, California, leads a socially distanced gym class through her PE Express 101 business.


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Fitness trainer Myriah Volk (far left) of Sebastopol, California, leads a socially distanced gym class through her PE Express 101 business.

Since the school shutdown this spring, students have taken part in a modified physical education class with the help of a special deck of cards. Dubbed “Super Fitness Fun Cards,” the deck is comprised of cards with different exercises on each one: push-ups, squats and crunches. There are multiple games students can play with the deck; with most, students can shuffle the cards, take a predetermined number of them, then do the exercises that the cards depict.

The tool is the brainchild of Dan DeJager, physical literacy and wellness advisor at the school in Fair Oaks, California. DeJager is a self-proclaimed “gaming nerd,”

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