# Finding Factors And Our Educational Arcade

From the beginning of the semester we knew that we are going to have a real educational arcade at the end of the semester.  We had field trip to Chuck E. Cheese so that we have a better idea how does an arcade works.  I am really proud to say that we build an arcade of our own and it turns out really really great.  We  had a lot of fun.  There were 14 educational game and all of them were enriched with the possibility to learn different educational skills.  Not only that people won a lot of tickets and redeemed them with different prizes.

My game was Finding Factors.  This was a game of both chances and skills.  I had a wheel that spins which gave the player a chance to land on a number and the skill was to find the factors of that number.  My game definitely allowed players to acquire knowledge because they were playing and learning how to find out the factors.  Even though this game was educational but the mechanics of the game turns out a little hard which makes it slow.  I decided to give the players 30 second, but while the players were playing the game I realize that it is not possible to find out all the factors within 30 second.  I would change the time and give them more than 1 minute because I saw that adults were having hard time to find the factors within 1 minute.  If a child wanna play this game they need more time.  The game would have been better if I had a counting machine and also a machine that will help the player to distribute the pastas more faster.  Here is a video of my game…[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsVvjjlwxDc[/youtube]

There were more games that attracted my attention and I played.  I loved the game called Bingo Speed not only because the player has a chance to win a lot of tickets but also because this is a speed game and the player will show how fast they can add and subtract faster.  This game gave you only 10 seconds to find the addition that matches the number.  I enjoyed a lot while playing the game.  If I have to change some thing in the game it would be making it learn addition because I felt that this is a skill game and it allows to show that how fast you can add and subtract. I would give the players chance to draw 2 numbers and whatever 2 number they draw, I will give them same amount 2 sets of objects and ask them to combine them and count how much it turns out.  By doing this players will actually learn how to add.  Otherwise Bingo Speed was a great game of showcase.

I have to confess that this was the best final I have ever had.  I took this class so that I can learn how multimedia facilitate education and It really helped me to learn a lot of new things such as blogging which I never did before, editing pictures and videos, find other peoples’ educational blog. I also learned about Moocs and found it really helpful for students.  This was the first Arcade our professor ever built and I would recommend to do it every semester and by doing this he will be able to improve more skill and as well as the students.  I enjoyed doing the visual and video assignment the most because I have done this for the first time and learned a lot of new things such resizing a photo, adding caption to photo and also make a video of my own and edit it.  This class was awesome. Now I can have my own WordPress blog.  It sounds great.

# Learning The Factors of A Number Through Game

Since I played the super spin game in Chuck E. Cheese I planed to come up with an educational game.  I brainstorm to make a good game.  I started to play with the spin and numbers and finally I decided that I will teach children to find the factors of a number through this game.  Here is my mock up of the game in the video.  I will have candy instead of pasta on the day of our arcade.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyDscJP6Z0E[/youtube]

As I said in the video that I will ask them to divide the candies between different number of people,  I will ask them to start with the lowest number which is 1 and they will go by 1,2,3,4…. until they have all the factors.  They will stop if the numbers start to repeat.  and they will be given paper bowl to distribute the candies so that they can do it easily.  I hope this will work.

I played this game with my sister and brother several time and they said that students will learn all the factors of a number by playing this game.  At the end of the game the player will  get the same amount of candy.

I would love to hear some feedback from my peers and professor. I am still thinking how can I make this game more fun.  I want to teach all the factors through this game; not the prime factors or the proper factors. What should I do to make it better? please comment and give me suggestion.

# One Day In Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese is good place to go with children, but we went there as a field trip.  Even though we were adults, still  we enjoyed playing different games, gambling and wining tickets.  I shoot this video when I won 250 bonus tickets while plying Supper Spin.  I had a lot of fun plying this game.  I played this game the most in Chuck E. Cheese.  The rule of the game is that you have to spin the wheel and press the button when it come closer to the highest amount which is hundred or the bonus which is 250 to win tickets.  There are a bunch of different amount in the wheel you can land on any of them.  Wherever you land you get same amount of ticket.  For example, the first time I landed on 5 and I got 5 tickets.  The goal is to try to land on the highest amount.  This game cane be turned into an educational game.

If I want to make it an educational game, I will have the same wheel with different amount and the player (children or students) will spin the wheel and wherever he or she lands he or she has to find out all the factors of that amount or number.  For example,  If I land on 36 then I will have to find out all the factors of 36.  If I can say all the factors correctly only then I will get 36 tickets and the sum of the factors.  For example,  if I can correctly find out all the factors of 36 six then I will get 36+1+2+3+4+6+9+12+18=91 tickets.  If I fail to find out all the factors then I will get only 36 tickets.  The goal of this modified game is to learn to know to find out the factors of a number, try land on the highest numbers and win more tickets off-course.

I really think this is a good educational game.  The students can make a factor tree to find out the factors.  The students will learn the numbers and the factors and also will have fun while the playing the game.

# President Obama and Mitt Romney Celebrating Christmas Together

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For the audio or video category I made a funky greeting card using this website called Card Funk and I had a lot fun doing it.  I thought when I embed the video link, it is going to show the animated video but unfortunately it does not.  Please click on the link and it will take you to the site and you have to click play.  It will show who created this card (which is me).  In this animated card I made Obama and Michel Obama, Romney and Ann Romney celebrating X-mas together.  I chose these character to show that whatever happens; whoever wins or loses the election, we should work together to build our nation.  After all this is our country.  I hope you like it.

# Digital Storytelling

My Nephew’s Funny picture..

I decided to do the visual assignments part for our DS106 assignments.  I had a lot of funny and cute picture of my nephew.  I just use one of them and add the caption.  I had a lot of fun doing this. I saw other people’s post of this kind of edited picture.   But this time I learned how to do it and I made a funny picture with funny caption.  To edit my picture I used a this website one of the classmate shared in his blog.

I saw the caption somewhere and just add them to my nephew’s picture.  Computers were really created to save our time but we waste our time the when using computer.  The reason I put this caption is because on one hand computers and cellphones made our lives easy but on the other hand it made us lazy and waste our time.  I don’t have a Facebook account because I think this is such a waste of time.  I see how my brother and sister waste their in the Facebook My sister supposed to study for her SAT, but she is on Facebook most of the time, either playing or just wondering someone else pages.  My supervisor also told me one day that last summer he played FarmVille for nine days continuously without doing anything else and last day he realized how much time he wasted and stopped playing it.  So, we should utilize our time and invest it to do something creative.

# Modifying The Card Game: Crazy Eight

Since I get the assignment of GAMEKIT- Build Your Game Design Skill I brainstorm to modify a card game and guess what I just modified the called Crazy Eight which is one of my favorite game.  I made it little more easier and little more challenging and little more fun.  In my modification the winner gets an egg as prize. Isn’t it funny  ;).  Here is the link of the original game of Crazy Eight.  Even thought there are more modification of this game I like mine the most.

The Modified Value and Power of The  Cards:  The value of the cards are Kings=13, Queen=12, Jack=11, Ace=1 and the rest has the same value they have such as a 10=10 , 9=9… like this..  In my modification I gave all the Jacks the power to command. For example If one player has a Jack, he can play this card on the ground at any time he wants and will command the other player to play the card he wants or needs to finish or the card he has the most to finish them up.  The power of Twos remains the same which is if one player plays a 2 of any cards the next player has to draw 2 cards, but if the next player has a different color 2 than he will play it and the next player has to draw (2*2=4) 4 cards. In the same way if the next person has another color 2, then the next player has to draw (3*2=6) 6 cards.  In worst case if there are 4 players than the player who puts the first 2 will have to pick up 8 cards if every one has a Two.  In the original game the Queens are played to stop the next player, but I gave this power to Aces.  For example if I play an Ace the player next to me will  be stopped (he cannot play a card).  Here comes my another modification.  When a player is stopped he or she has to role one dice and if can score six he will be able to play a card, but if can’t score a six he has to wait until the next round to role the dice again.  He will not be able to play until he score a six.  Other player will continue to play.  In the original game it’s not like this.  In the original the stopped player is able to play in the next round.  In the original Aces are played to reverse the direction becoming anticlockwise if it had been clockwise, or vice versa. I deleted this reverse part of the game because I don’t think it makes a different.

The Goal: The goal of the game is to get rid of all the cards.  Start with larger cards and keep the lower cards and try to finish all the cards faster than other players.  If you can finish all the cards you win.  In my modification if you win you will get an egg 😉

I am drawing 2 cards coz the player before me just throw a 2 and I don’t have a black 2.

Here I am drawing 4 cards coz the 2 player before me put 2 Twos and I don’t have another one 🙁 poor me….

The modified Rules:  We need more than 2 players.  It could be 4, 5 or 6 players.  If there are 5 or 6 players the initially given card will have to be less, I will say 6.  We were 4 players, me, my brother, my sister and my husband.  After shuffling the card each player gets 8 eight cards and 1 card will be on the ground open so that players can see it and the rest of the 19 cards will be left upside down. In the original game one player is chosen to draw the card for the first time, but in my modification each player will role 3 dice and who ever score the highest will start the game and play the first card.  I did this to add luck in to the game.  Now let’s say the open card on the ground is 8 of Hearts.  The first player will look the cards in his hand and check for all the cards of hearts and will try to get rid of the highest card he has.  If the player do not have any card of heart, then he will then check  (in this case which is 8) if he has a  different color of 8 .  If he has it he will put it on the open card.  But if he does not have any, he will then pick up a new card from the rest (19 card). If he gets a card of heart he can use it and if its a different card he’ll have to keep it and the next player will throw his card.(the next player must continue with the open card) In the original game It has to be 8 to change the color, but in my modification it does not have to 8, you can change the color of any card if you have a different color but the same number.  In the original game there is a rule that the player has to alert the other players when you have just one card left and If you fail to do so you must draw cards (usually two) from the stock as a penalty.  In my modification the player has to alert the other player when he has two cards saying Last Two and the last card can not be a command card (Jack).  If he fail to do that he has to draw a card as penalty.

A black king can be changed with a red King. Any card can be changed like this, such as a black 3 can be changed with a red 3

One player played Jack and commanded us to play Clubs, so I just Get rid of the King. 😀

I stopped next player to play by playing Ace and the player rolled one dice and he was lucky and score six and played the highest card he had.

If the extra cards from where players draw cards, finished then we leave the last card and take all the cards and shuffle them and draw from there.

Leave the last played card and shuffle the rest and draw from there to continue the game.

Strategies:  The players has to try to remember what cards other players don’t have when they draw cards and if one player declared that the Last Two and other player has a command card (Jack), he can then play Jack and Command to play the card that player do not have.  For example, If I see that the player next to me does not have hearts and drew cards then I should try to remember (do the same with other players) that and if the same player declared the Last Two, and I have a Command card, Then I can command to play Hearts, so that that player has to draw a new card.  Try to keep the Twos if you get it; don’t give them away in the beginning of the game, so that you don’t have to draw 2 cards when a player play a Two.  You can then just play another color Two and avoid drawing 2 or 4 cards.

This is how we played the Modified crazy Eight game.  We played this game a lot of time and made changes.  It was really fun.  Yesterday we slept at 2 o’clock in the morning because we had so much fun playing this.  I lost most of the time. My husband won most of the time, but he decided not to eat more than 1 egg per day, so we kept the egg for the next day.  You must try to play my modified version.  Trust me its more fun and more easy and challenging at the same time.

# Price is Right-Check Game

The Check Game: This is one of the old games on TV.  Originally, the game was known as Blank Check and the winning range was \$3,000–\$3,500. The range was subsequently increased to \$5,000–\$6,000 in February 1989, then to its current range in September 2008.  It is very simple and easy to play.  The contestant has to guess an amount and if lucky he or she will win the price money.  Let’s look at the rules and regulations.

Rules: The contestant is shown a prize and asked to write an amount on an over-sized blank check. The host will ask the contestant to guess an amount and write it on the check.  The value of the prize is then added to the amount written on the check and if the total falls between \$7,000 and \$8,000, the contestant wins both the prize and the cash amount of the check. If the contestant loses, the check is voided. Although the contestant keeps the check as a souvenir regardless of the outcome, it is not a negotiable instrument.

Core Mechanics: The player has to just guess an amount which may be smaller than \$7000, because this amount will be added to the prize value and amount has to be between \$700 and \$8000.

Goal: The goal is to win the check amount and the total amount of the check amount and prize value.

this is how we played the game in class

This is Anthony’s check which is voided coz he lost the game

Space:  The need some space because he can not show the amount he is holding in his hand.  Once the contestant writes the amount on the check, the host will flip the holding amount.  Then he will calculate the total and show if the contestant win or not.

Components: In  class we used 1 calculator, a pen, some over-sized check (I made them) Some piece of paper with different prize values.

Description of the mockup: As we did not have a digital board I draw the board and then ask one of my group member to guess an amount and put his name on the check.  I was holding the prize value upside down so that he can’t see it.  Once he put the amount I flipped the prize value and add them to see if he win the game.  Unfortunately no one won the game.

In my group we decided to modify the game called “The Card Game” used by Mr. Anderson and my suggestion was to limit how many times the player can choose cards because I had to pick up more than ten cards which is a little-bit too much and if I loose I will be frustrated.  So,  I think there should be a limitation of the time the player can pick up cards.  I believe this would speed the game up but also put the pressure on the player to estimate the value of the prize and make a faster decision.  Even though did not get to play the modified game I think this will enhance the game.

I wish the library had a door that had one of those big misting foggers. You know, the ones at Six Flags in the summer where the water gently washes over all the sweat and grime of a hot day at the park? I’d like a mister to wash away all the negative feelings my students have about books–or at least dilute it, so I have a chance to baptize the kiddos into the wonder of the written word.

Above quote is written by Amy Rasmussen, who is an ELA teacher and a blogger.  The quote is from her blog page Threeteacherstalk, where she writes about her fifteen years teaching experiences and share it with other people.  I think this blog page is a really good source especially for those who want to become teachers, so that they have an idea what is going to look like in the real world.  The quote is taken from her blog titled If You Can Talk About a Book, You’re Not an Average Kid. In this blog she shared her experience that her students hate reading books and she tried to find out why do they hate books and some strategies that she used and going to use to make her students love reading books.

I was searching for blogs written by middle school English teachers because I am majoring in Education/Education middle school extension, and the threeteacherstalk.org pop-upped. I visited the website and liked the blogs because these blogs are enriched with teachers’ personal experiences with their students and future teachers have a lot to learn from them.  I liked this particular blog is because this about reading.  I also do not like to read.  Actually not “like” I should say I don’t have that patience to read any entire book or story.  I never have that patience maybe because I have never been encouraged or presented books in a manner that I will like them.  This is exactly what Ms. Rasmussen is talking about in her blog.

Ms. Rasmussen is saying that her students say that they hate to read books, but she is saying that her students actually do not even know if they like to read or not because they did not read that much book.  She wonder what middle did her students did in middle and elementary school.  She also said that teachers in elementary and middle schools should give their effort to make students like reading because this is the time build the base.  If they fail then she will do everything to make her freshman students to love reading books.  This my favorite from the blog where she said:

I will if it will help me match books to students’ interests. I will if it will help me show kids that books can help them solve their problems. I will if I can get kids to stop saying they hate books.

This is my favorite because in this quote she stated how dedicated she is in teaching her students.  I believe a teacher should be like this.  Teacher should have that passion to do everything to help their students and to support them, to give them voice, to give them opportunity to change their lives.  I believe in this and I will try my best to practice this while teaching.  I recommend this blog for all the future teachers.  You can also follow her in twitter if you have an account.

# How to Make Payesh or Rice Pudding

Payesh or Rice Pudding

Hey everyone, my name is Tanuja and I am from Bangladesh.  The picture above as you can see, is one of my favorite Bangladeshi desert.  It’s called Payesh in Bangladesh.  Most of the time it’s served as a desert, but you can eat this any time you want.  It’s tasty, healthy and very easy to make.  Today I will tell you how to make it at home.  Let’s look at the ingredients first.

Milk (Bottom Left), Kalijira Aromatic Rice(Bottom Right), Sugar(Top Left), Bay Leaf, Cinnamon stick. Raisins and sliced Almond (Top Right) for garnishing.

Ingredients: We need 3 cups of whole milk, 1 cup of Kalijira aromatic rice, 1 cup of sugar, 1 bay leaf, 1 cinnamon stick, some raisins and sliced almond.  You can find the Kalijira Aromatic rice at any Bangladeshi or Indian grocery store.  The reason I used this rice is because it has a very nice fragrance.  If you can not find this rice use any parboiled rice.

Step 1. Pour the milk in to the pot

Step 1. At first in a medium pan pour the milk and turn the stove on a medium heat. Bring the milk into a boil.

Step 4. Add cinnamon and bay leaf

Step 2. Then add rice,(don’t forget to wash the rice).

Step 4. Add bay leaf and cinnamon stick in to the milk one by one. Keep stirring.

Step 5. Cook it for 25 minutes on medium heat.  Cook until the Payesh get thicker.

Make sure you always stand in front of the stove and stir it.  Otherwise the Payesh will overflow from the pot. If needed lower the heat. Once it gets thick turn the heat off.

Last Step. Garnish with sliced almond and raisins

Last Step. Now your Payesh is ready to serve.  Put the Payesh or the rice pudding on a medium bowl and garnish it with sliced almond and raisins. You can use any kind of nuts and dry fruits to garnish the Payesh, such as cashew nuts, Pistachio etc.

Isn’t really sweet and simple to make it?  Trust me you are going to love this.  This is so delicious.  My younger brother and sister love this desert.  Must try at home.

# Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Audrey Watters, an Educational Technology blogger, completed a review of 2012 in her blog Hack Education.  In this blog she presented ten post and she called the Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012.  One of these trends is Automation and Artificial Intelligence.  In this trend Watters presented how technology facilitated automation and artificial intelligence in the year of 2012.  She started describing the trend with a nice example of Google’s self-driving cars.  She mentioned that when she took the ride, the developer of the car told her that “This will be the most incredibly boring drive ever.”  She also realized that the ride was really “uneventful.”  She also mentioned that she saw the future and look forward to it.Then she linked this experience to today’s education and the use of technology in the classroom.

Watters at first talked about AI and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  AI is about “Online Introduction to Artificial Intelligence is based on Stanford CS221, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. This class introduces students to the basics of Artificial Intelligence, which includes machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, robotics, and natural language processing.”  This sounds interesting and it is also free.  I believe this is a great opportunity for the students to learn to create computer software that runs Humanoid robots, self-driving cars and Google Goggles.  Isn’t fascinating? Hell ya!

Then Watters mentioned about the automated essay graders.  I know abut automated multiple choice graders but this is the first time I heard about the essay graders.  Watters said,

Robot essay graders – they grade just the same as human ones. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by University of Akron’s Dean of the College of Education Mark Shermis and Kaggle data scientist Ben Hamner. The researchers examined some 22,000 essays that were administered to junior and high school level students as part of their states’ standardized testing process, comparing the grades given by human graders and those given by automated grading software. They found that “overall, automated essay scoring was capable of producing scores similar to human scores for extended-response writing items with equal performance for both source-based and traditional writing genre.

Watters also said that our duty responsibility does not end by doing automation, but rather we have to make sure that it’s efficient and students are learning from it.  She also said that a robot can not replace a teacher.  I also agree with her because I believe that a robot can be a helper of the teacher but not the teacher itself. Robots can be used to make teacher’s job easier so that teachers get more time to interact with their students.

As technology has been integrated in to the curriculum, we should take advantage of it.  Online courses or YouTube videos suchas Khan Academy, these are some wonderful resources that can facilitate students learning hugely. Year 2012 was a very good start and we are looking forward to see more success.