ISTE 17: GoNoodle Is The Classroom’s Connection Between Movement, Mindfulness and Learning
Keeping the body moving keeps the brain exercised and with an exercised brain students can learn more. Decades ago recess and gym could equate to nearly two hours of instructional time. Back then, educators understood the importance of having breaks, not just to run around and play but because the brain needed other stimulation. That’s the ethos behind GoNoodle, a Nashville edtech startup that serves as the bridge between movement, mindfulness and learning.
Whether it’s arrival in home room, morning meeting, daily subject transitions, afternoon math, or even indoor recess, GoNoodle is there to help keep the body and the mind moving.
So what is GoNoodle?
GoNoodle is a series of web based videos and games that focus on bringing short bursts of activity to the classroom. There’s singing, dancing, jumping, clapping and more packed into each and every video. GoNoodle has launched a series of characters like 3 twenty something rappers that go by the name Blazer Fresh, and they’re “nerdy by nature”. These three guys sing rap songs and do dance moves that kids can easily move along to. Each GoNoodle video, game and activity is also infused with some kind of learning as well. For example in the Blazer Fresh video below they sing Banana Banana Meatball a song and dance all about making patterns.
There’s hundreds of videos to choose from so it’s easy for teachers to create a strategy or playlist that will hopefully, at some point, appeal to every student. Outside of your normal skills learning, GoNoodle also incorporates videos designed to help students consider mindfulness, like how to manage emotions and calm themselves. Another great GoNoodle theme is “Brain Gym” these activities help students motivate creativity and encourage coordination.
GoNoodle is also mobile with the GoNoodle Kids App which turns any screen into fun and active time with video that will keep their blood flowing and brains growing, even outside of the classroom.
Take a brain break with GoNoodle at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #3529 and online at GoNoodle.com