Marathon Kids Connect

At Marathon Kids, the team behind this smart product is on a mission to get kids moving. For 25 years, they have partnered with educators to encourage daily physical activity in school. This past year, to increase access and equity in their programming, they launched Marathon Kids Connect, a free physical activity-tracking app and cloud-based SaaS platform that makes it easier than ever for teachers and parents to join forces in tracking kids’ active time and celebrating their progress throughout the year.

Marathon Kids Connect is an innovative physical activity toolkit that includes an app that turns teachers’ phones into scanners that automatically sync with a cloud-based reporting platform, offering real-time data and personalized communications to parents about their child’s achievements.

With Marathon Kids Connect, teachers can create and print runner ID cards with unique QR codes to scan laps and track activity minutes with their phone or tablet, even when no wifi is available. Runners can view their personal dashboard with a scan of their ID card. Teachers can run quick reports to share with administrators and district leaders. Parents can create a free account to view their child’s individual progress via the parent portal.

Thanks to the flexibility of the platform, it is meeting shifting needs even as the pandemic caused disruptions in schooling. Parents can log and share children’s active time at home, while teachers can manage and share data effectively and with transparency—all so kids can continue building their physical activity progress, no matter where they are.

Marathon Kids Connect is the Cool Tool Award Winner (2021) for “Best Emerging Technology Solution” as part of The EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest. Learn more.


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