Hey now Hey now Don’t dream it’s over!!!

First of all let me say that this was a fun class and I’m glad I decided to take it when I did (even though my wallet wasn’t very happy with me when I had registered).

Now on to some Q and A. My game was mainly based on chance. I made it this way so that everyone would have an equal chance at being successful. I even made sure that I didnt even know where the cards were put so that I would not be able to give away anything through unconcsious gestures and shared genuine disappointment and excitement with the player. The game both required basic knowlede of probability and predictbale outcomes, but also taught it as well. I really encourage each contestant to think hard about their chances of winning more tickets then I would offer them (although many just refused and made me pull more envelopes cough cough… like Anthony). There were times when I would explain the odds to the player instead of letting them figure it out for themselves, but other then that the game went as I expected. Constructing it was simple although I had to teach myself how to color in the lines again which has never been more best ability.

I enjoyed seeing how creative other people were with their games. One of my favorite games was the adding computer game. Once I saw there was a high score I immediately saw it as a video game and didn’t even think about the education factor. Such a simple concept that I could see a lot of kids getting into. I also want to give a special shout out to the awesome switch operated spinning wheel on the fraction game. That was awesome!

As a general criticism I would suggest that every game had a chance to win even if you were bad at it. Mainly because I am a sore loser.

Honestly when registering for this class I had no idea of what to expect. I think it’s great that the class is constantly changing because our world and technology are constantly changing. My favorite non arcade assignment would have to be the researching of bloggers. At first I thought it was crazy for a physical educator to need technology but after researching I found a lot of useful outlets and have even considered creating a twitter account to easier access the information thats being shared over the world wide web.

In closing I’d like to say my favorite parting words… It’s been real.

Spoiler Alert: Chuckie Cheese is fun

DUring a recent trip to Chuckie Cheese I got to relive my childhood. My favoirte childhood games were their including skeetball and a basketball shooting game called street hoops (which I tied the high score of 159). I only ended up with 86 tickets but had a good time while conducting my “research”.

For this assignment I decided to step aside from my physical education background since most of our teaching is based on skill development through various games and practices. As I wandered through around and tried the different games one game caught my attention

After watching a few of my colleagues play Deal or No Deal I decided I would remake the game for my project (sadly without the models). The game is based on probability and averages. The contestant selects a suitcase in the hopes that it contains a million dollars. They open other cases revealing their value in the hopes that they are of low value. The more low value cases they open the more money the banker will offer them to buy their case. The probability of them actually winning a million dollars is low so most contestants have to decide when the best time to get out with the most money is. The concept of probability is very clear in the game and I hope to make it more of a focus as I remake it.

 

 

 

Superhero’s and Jokes in Spanish. Thanks DS 106

The assignment I chose to do for the visual assignment is entitled “troll quotes” In this assignment I was set with the task of linking three similar yet differen figures. My figures were Superman, Batman, and Spiderman. As a huge fan of comic books and superheroes in general i quickly developed this concept. Here is my finished product.

The picture is of Superman, the quote is from Batman, and the quoted is credited to Spiderman. While attempting to complete this task I had to refamiliarize myself with photo editing software. The ideas of layers and text boxes that lie dormant in the back of my mind  had to be pulled back to the front.

For the audio assignment I chose to do the assignment entitled “Make’em laugh“. For this assignment I had to tell a joke in another language. I enjoyed doing this assignment although it’s was a bit awkward to record myself. I also tend to laugh at more inappropriate jokes so it I tried to keep it pg with a friendly kid joke.

Tennis Toss game

Step 1 Gather Materials: While looking through my house I came across several supplies. One object that caught my eye was a set of red bowls all different sizes. I then grabbed a few tennis balls

Step 2 Explore Activities: it wasn’t long before I put together an idea for a skeet ball type game as this is my favorite arcade game.

Step 3 Core Activity: while attempting to build my skeet ball game I became frustrated with the idea of finding a ramp to roll my tennis balls so I decided I would throw them instead.

Step 4 Pick a Goal: The goal became to get a tennis ball into each bowl in the shortest amount of time. Either by bounce or direct toss.

Step 5 Rules: As I am highly proficient in tossing and my competitor was not we changed a rule and required that the ball had to bounce atleast once before entering the bowl

Step 6 Play: We played the game several times continuously changing the rules. We played a round where each bowl was worth points and you had 5 tosses and the most points won. We also played a round in which the person that got a ball in with the most bounces won the game. We also changed the distance of the bowls several times

The card game remix

Rules: The rules of this game are as follows. First the contestant must pick a card randomly. The value of this card shows the number in which the contestant must fall within compared to the actual price. The contestant then begins picking playing cards at random. Each card has a numerical value (1=100, 2=200, Jack Queen King=1,000 Ace= wild card). The contestant picks as many cards as they want until they feel they are within range of the value of the prize.

Components= cards, the player, calculator,

Core Mechanics: the player reveals the card they randomly selected and the value of all cards collected is added up.

Goal:  The goal is to get the correct value of the prize within the alowed value

Space: at a table

Mock up: For the mock up of this game i simply had to produce a series of papers with numerical value as well as a prize value in which to aim for. I chose to make two sets of the playing card tiles as well as 5 of the value tiles. I also used a calculator to add up the points as the contestants were picking cards

Modification: A modification I would make to this game is to increase the skill required and decrease the luck. In order to do this I would place the cards on a dart board. The contestant would be able to see the value of each card. The contestant would be required to throw a dart at the card value they want. Contestants would have a limited number of trials.

 

The search for the Physical Edcation Network

This picture has little to do with my post but guess what? it’s awesome. And so are you!

When first set with the task of finding a network of physical education bloggers i thougt to myself “who blogs about physical education?”. I quickly found that the answer to this question was with another question “who doesn’t?”

So I decided to give it the ole college try and keyword searched “sports education” and narrowed my search to blogs. In doing this I came across a blog entitled All Things Physical Education & Sports Coaching by Dylan Blain. Blain’s posts focus primarily on the infusion of technology into the PE setting. When first introduced to the concept of becoming a better educator by incorporating technology I initially believed that I would be at a disadvantage teaching PE. In many instances technology is used to make a stagnant class more engaging, but what can be more engaging then chasing an opponent up and down a basketball court? One particular post that caught my eye was one entitled What’s your REACTION with the iPod Touch?

The post goes on to describe how the sportscam app on the I-phone can be used as a tool for measuring reaction time to various stimulus. A very well thought out and executed lesson.

Access to this page also lead me to click a link to Mr Robbo. This page gave me even more information on different types of technologies that can be used in PE. With access to these networks I feel I will be better able to utilize technology in the PE setting and I encourage others to check them out

   

 

Man Kitchen 101: Cooking without cooking

Greetings and salutations!!! As I am not a very talented craftsman I decided to make something in the only place I truly know how (the kitchen). Here is a step by step post on how to make my famous (in my  own home) chicken salad.

First the ingredients:

 

two eggs, relish, mayonnaise, chicken, and some seasoning

Brands of course are not important but for of course I chose to use some of my favorites. Some people may choose to add onions celery or even red pepper flakes their chicken salad. As I am not a huge fan of any of these food items I left these items out.

Procedure:

First boil the two eggs on a medium flame. This will roughly take a half hour. After boiling allow the eggs to sit in cool water for several minutes.

After peeling the shell off your ready to add your first ingredient, the chicken. Open your can of chicken and place it into a bowl. Be careful not to cut yourself.

After adding the chicken it is time to add your eggs. Use a bitter knife to cut the egg into pieces as you place it into the bowl

The next ingredient we will add is the relish. Personally I like to add around 1 1/2 fork full of relish, but adjust according to your own preference

I know it looks delicious but we must put the final touch of seasoning first. Resist the urge to eat right away. With just a pinch of seasoning your ready for the last step MIXING. Use your fork to mix the ingredients together. Be sure to break the chicken and egg into smaller pieces while you mix

 

 

 

 

Anybody want some free textbooks?

Audrey Watters is an education reform enthusiast. She has written many blogs about the various reforms taking place in our world today. Among them is the idea of “open textbooks”. After reading her post I was left with a feeling of both excitement and disappointment (more so of the latter). Allow me to explain this cnocept and why it may or may not be happening in a town near you.

David Wiley Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University speaks about the wonders of open textbooks

First let’s define the terms . Open in this case meaning free or cheap (but preferably cheap) access as well as digital access. And of course the next part “textbook” an arbitrary tool students are forced to purchased at usually astronomically high prices only to be devalued as soon as they turn a page and possibly never to be read again at the end of the term, not to mention a restrictive tool used ot teachers usually in lecture form. So when we put these two words together what do we get? The free and cheap access to a once arbitrary tool which allows flexibility for teachers as well as the ability to edit content as they see fit. Sounds great doesn’t it. Sadly Water’s goes on to state in her post:

most professors (88%) still prefer (and assign) the printed versions of textbooks and other class materials. The survey also found that while 32% of faculty reported making digital versions of textbooks available, just 2% of students said this was the primary way in which they accessed the materials..

From these numbers it is clear that not all professors have taken advanage of this radical idea. Even thogh Watters goes on to share that “Coursesmart said that among the students it surveyed, more said they were likely to bring a laptop (51%) than a print textbook (39%) to class” Disappointed yet? Well ld school professors aren’t the only obstacle. If you haven’t guessed it by now its big business textbook distributors. Surprise! Free doesn’t come easy.

The issue of copyrighted material has led to lawsuits such as Boundless v Pearson, Cenage, and McMillan. This type of bad publicity is a hinderance to the open textbook movement. As well as companies attemps to cash in on poor desperate students with digital access to textbooks at a reduced cost to their paperback counterparts.

Alas their is a glimmer of hope. The state of Utah is taking a step towards open textbooks in an announcement made in February. Also innovative professors such as Erik Christensen professor at South Florida state college have utilized open textbooks with great results. Take a moment to listen to his own testimonial.

Allow me to reiterate some key points that stood out to me:

1. 700 pages worth of material for $13

2. The flexibility for free flowing class structure in opposiion to the rigors of a table of contens

3,4, and 5. 700 PAGES WORTH OF MATERIAL FOR $13!!!

In all the idea of open textbooks could be a great way of using the benefits of technology to lesson the cost of materials as well as allow educators more flexibility in teaching. Change is hard to come by, but this is a change that could do wonderful things for education

Learn by doing its the Maker way

A photograph of Limor “Ladyada” Fried entrepreneur and owner of Adafruit Industries.

Our society is becoming more advanced technologically everyday. It only makes sense that our education system advances along with it. Pencils and exams are so 30 years ago. The infusion of the maker culture into our education system is a must and the time is now. Examples of successful makers can be seen across the country including maker pioneer Limor Fried.

Thomas Kalil, deputy director for policy, White house office of science and technology is a huge supporter of this infusion as he spoke at a workshop entitled “Innovation, education, and the maker movement” he said the following:

After all, we wouldn’t teach kids how to play football by lecturing to them about football for years and years before allowing them to play. And if education is about the “lighting of a flame not the filling of a pail” — we should be putting the tools of discovery, invention and fabrication at the finger tips of every child — inside and outside of the classroom.

What does all this mean for an educator such as myself. HANDS ON LEARNING. As a future physical educator this idea is already an important aspect in my teaching. “Learn by doing” as I was told in my youth. Making culture is not limited only to the gym space. I can recall being first introduced to fractions by sitting in a class eating pizza. At the end of the month we were making our own pzza pies and dividing it into fractions. The ideals behind the maker culture are not new just forgotten by the masses. As the abacus became old and outdated so have standardized testing. There’s a wealth of untapped potential in todays technology and the maker culture is bringing it to the forefront. Why make? Why not? Jst take a look atAndrew Carles’s “maker” elective class at Flint Hill located in Northern Virginia.