About meir

My name is Meir Galed and I am a Health Education major (K-12) and I think this is going to be an awesome class during the winter session.

Arcade day (game day) and Reflection

My game Aim and Build it healthy, was to teach children how to build a healthy meal and identify what is healthy and what is not. The kids who played the game came back even the students came back as well and wanted to play again was to obviously win more tickets, but to also to aim better and not get the ball stuck or landed on the junk food parts of the board. But overall it looks like everyone had fun and enjoyed the game.

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1. Was your game one of chance or skill or a combination of both? How did people respond to the style of play?

My game was based on both of skill of aiming right and chance that it lands on the healthy sections and not the junk food/pizza and fries. After several times of trying it, the players responded to my style in a positive way of playing by trying to aim and make sure it landed right and  wanted to try again and again even though their turn was over, but they had lots of fun.

2. Did your game allow for players to construct knowledge (through play they learned the lesson) or was it more of a showcase of knowledge (asking players for answers to questions would be a good example)?

My game was more towards the direction of the players to construct knowledge, learn,  and challenge themselves at the same time to see which food groups they need to build a healthy meal and focus on that part of the game and try to win.

3. How did the mechanics of the game turn out? Was it slow, fast, cumbersome, just right. Same with the rules. What would you change and why)

The mechanics of my game were great. There was no timing involved, the rules were to focus on aiming the ball and landing it the right spot on the board, and they get 3 balls, but towards the end I made it 4 balls to land on what they players thought would be the correct way to build a healthy meal. One thing I should have changed and will do is to give adults and children separate distances to throw the balls on the board this way the distance will vary if the aimed and it landed on either the healthy foods or the junk foods.

My reflection:

I though this class was going to be boring because the other ed classes I took were long  and boring and I thought it was going to be the same, but it turns out that it was a totally different class altogether. I learned so many things in this class such as how to blog and embed videos, music, photos, movies, etc. I learned how to incorporate technology with education and how to make my health lessons fun and exciting and not have students fall asleep or not pay attention in class. In such a class where we had about only 3 weeks or so, I learned a lot and it was fun and I didn’t realize class went by so fast. i have to say this class and Professor M.B. Smith are one of my top favorite and best classes I have ever taken here at York, thank you Professor Smith and it was an honor and a privilege being in your class this winter semester.

Making of Aim and built it healthy

The creation of my game consisted of the materials; cardboard, clear/see-through velcro, sharpie markers, pin-pong balls, and crayons.

Aim and built it healthy and the materials put together to create it

My original design was to put small pictures next to each slice or section on the cardboard,  but due to limited and short on supplies, I had to improvise and move to Plan B. It was using sharpies and crayons to trace and fill in pictures, and then cover velcro over the ping-pong balls and test to see if it would stick and it did, plan b worked!!!!.

I am happy to say that with the help of my fellow classmate and how she helped me last minute, the project came out great and both the classmates and kids who were at the studio had fun an awesome time. 🙂

Arcade day

 

Aim it and build it healthy

My game for tomorrow’s arcade is called “Aim it and build it healthy” and the game is taken from a lesson plan that I have used in my educational classes. The lesson was about identifying healthy foods and non-healthy foods and then once identified, one would learn how to build a healthy meal. So in my game version,  a player is given a several amount of balls instead of darts. Then the player has as many tries or get as many parts of healthy foods to build by throwing the velcro balls at the section of healthy foods instead of hitting the junk foods. Once the player has got many sections of healthy foods possible, you get tickets, win, etc. when landed on  junk foods, you lose points. The mechanic of the game is  guessing for the children to see if they know how to identify healthy from unhealthy foods, chance, aiming and throwing the ball on to the right target.

Aim and built it healthy!!!!


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Chuck E Cheese a great place for games, learning, and winnning prizes

At chuck e cheese, one I saw that I was thinking to recreate was the Street Hoops game in where you get a certain amount of time (short time I think) to get as many basketballs as you can in the hoops. What I thought about modifying it was to ggive the player 30 seconds to get as many basketballs as they can in the basketball hoop.

Street Hoops

What I think and know about this game and how it is educational, is that it has to do or relate with hand-eye-coordination from  a physical education perspective. What I also think it does educationally is that with in the allotted time given to the player, the game makes them think, decide, aim, and shoot faster instead of having unlimited time. The only other game I can think of that is relative to very limited timing and has player’s think and make the move faster is Chess when they have the small clock next to them. I’m trying to come up with ways to change the game myabe with having double points if the player gets two shots in a row or if the ball bounces a couple of times on the rim and then falls off the rim they lose points, but I’m still thinking what to do.

Russian Checkers

Modifying a board game

Russian checkers

STEP 1: PICK A BOARD GAME TO MODIFY

I will be modifying the board game checkers.

STEP 2: THINK OF NEW WAYS TO PLAY ON THE BOARD

For this game I added dices and points to the game to be more interesting and exciting.

STEP 3: PICK A NEW GOAL FOR THE GAME

To get more points and king mates than the other opponent.

 STEP 4: CREATE A NEW CORE MECHANIC

Players will get a chance to roll their dice and the one with the higher number goes first.

STEP 5: WRITE RULES

If your dice has a higher number then you go first, and so for each turn. But when you have a chance to eat your opponent and you chose not or didn’t notice it, then your opponent takes away that piece. Once king, you can fly from the space your on to the other side.

STEP 6: PLAYTEST YOUR GAME

I played this game against my mother who taught me about the russian version of checkers  and with my new rules and adaptation to the game, she still managed to beat me twice. My friends on the other hand weren’t as good and also we place bets to make the game more exciting.

The Bargain Game

Rules:The rules for this game is simple. It starts with two locations and each                                 location has a price that has already been reduced. The goal is to figure out                       which location has the bigger bargain based on the difference of the reduced              prices.

Description of the game: I had one card saying a 7 night stay in a hotel with concert/event for $4,000 and the other was a 6 night stay in a resort and spa in Paris, France with a tour through France for  $6,000. Both were already reduced prices, but the contestant would have to figure out which location had the bigger bargain, was it the $4,000 location which was originally $6,500 but had $2,500 taken off, or was it the  $6,000 location which the original price was $7,000 but had $1,000 knocked off.

Mechanics: For this game it would be guessing which of the two locations has the bigger bargain.

Space: There are no spaces, just me holding the cards and pictures.

Goal:To see which location had the bigger bargain based on the price difference

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Modification: My part of modifying Uzma’s Bonkers Price is Right game in which the player has 4 numbers and has to guess if its higher or lower than the number on the board, and that once the player has got which ever number right the first time, I close that section as a clue to the player that he or she leaves it as is and moves on instead of going back and changing it which is the original way of playing the game.

Healthy kids in middle schools

As a future Health Education teacher, I was researching through the web to help me become a more effective health educator. I came across a topic in the health education area that caught my eye and it was about children’s mental health and one person who speaks about this topic is Julia Steiny.

She mentions how vital it is to put children’s mental health as the primary in education other than their physical state of education. When it comes to Putting Kids’ Mental Health at the Center of Education people assume that its always the opposite and that other aspects of health education should come first such as substance abuse, sex education, nutrition, and physical education. But she mentions that the first thing that should be taught or educators should be aware of is the state of the child’s mental health and educate them about it and its different perspectives of mental health education.

When kids aren’t using pro-social ways to meet their needs, doctors often prescribe psychoactive drugs to manage the unwanted behavior.  While I generally hate the impulse to pass laws to legislate every little thing, giving a kid psychoactive drugs without talk therapy really should be illegal.  Drugs can’t get to the bottom of a problem or teach a kid pro-social skills.  Drugs can be hugely helpful by supporting people in the throes of therapy, unpacking painful experiences.  But too often drugs are just excuses to avoid the harder issue of helping kids form the strong, caring relationships that are an everyday safety net.

Mental health education of children

I think that as a future health educator, I will be able to implement and incorporate and start off with each student’s mental health and ask them about the topic or subject and what they think about it when it comes to their mind and provide me with a lot of feedback. Also, I think it will benefit the children more and have engage, be interested, and be active both now and in the future.

The future and a new purpose on education

In today’s day and age education technology and its formal methods continue to grow and blossom into “the flipped classroom”. I have been researching several articles and videos about classrooms that are being flipped or teachers flipping their classrooms in order to have their students be more engaged in he curriculum. An article by   quoted from  Daphne Koller that

There’s a growing amount of content out there on the Web,” says Koller, “and so the value proposition for the university is no longer simply getting their content out there. Rather, it’s fostering that personal interaction between faculty and students and students and students.” By being able to take advantage of online educational content – particularly lecture content from some of the best professors at the most pretigious universities in the world – students will benefit too. It’ll mean that the university classroom can be “flipped” – with lectures pre-recorded and assigned as homework. Koller, who’s been flipping her classroom since well before Khan Academy popularized the term, says that universities have been reluctant to add “active learning” opportunities at expense of covering “the curriculum” via lecture. And thanks to the increasing wealth of online classes, there’ll be more opportunities for hands-on on-campus experiences.

In the 2011 TED Talk  with Salman Khan and his creation of Khan Academy on how using flipped classroom methods benefits the students from K-12 by having them approach the subject in an easier way and better enable them to grasp the subject without any difficulty. Over the years, educators across the country and the globe have started to incorporate the idea of flipping the classroom by having the students be more interested in the activity now and then homework and lecture from their computers at home. By flipping the classroom, students are using their ideas and experiences plus they get to use hands-on training as well, killing three birds with one stone. This has shown significant amount of both physical and educational proof that elementary students actually want and have a joy to learn more when fusing flipped classroom with the standard education curriculum just as in the 2011 Ted talk Salman Khan and Khan academy.

The flipped classroom

The image above shows what the idea(s) of being in or instructing a flipped classroom and by having the inversion, both the educator and the pupils benefit more in the educational curriculum as oppose to the regular or traditional methods of education. I as a future educator will definitely use this method and fuse it with my health education methods and I think that my future pupils will be active, interested, and engaged to learn more about it.