Reflecting Back to an Educational Arcade

Our Arcade Prizes

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- “Bingo Speed” was a game that was a combination of both chance and skills. The reason I say this it is because for the “chance” part ANY one of the contestants can get a Bingo first because the number problems are the same on each given bingo cards except just scattered at different places. The number that gets chosen on the spinner board is on everyone’s Bingo card but just one can get a Bingo before the other. The skill part is giving them the importance of mathematics. The addition they have a knowledge of but when playing my game, you have to be thinking very fast because each number spun on the wheel only gives you 10 seconds to be able to find the problem on your Bingo card to place the chip on.

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 did not allow for players to construct knowledge because through playing Bingo Speed, they did not learn addition rather just learn to be able to add faster.

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 turned out pretty well but at times my spinner would give me a little problem (or maybe it was just my finger-tired from flickering the arrow so much).  Although, it was able to get all bingo rounds done neat. It worked well in a steady way- it wasn’t neither too slow nor too fast. I think me counting up to 10 seconds was a little annoying since it would distract people. What I would like to change about the game is to get a better spinner ( Get Shaira’s Son to make me an electronic version! 🙂 ) and also to get a stop watch or something for the 10 seconds period.

AC 230 Reflecting Back.

My Academic Computing class was very educational and fun. It was totally different from what I had expected the class to be- in a good way. When I had registered for the class, I expected the class to be very computer relating knowledge although it was but it was far more than just that. I can honestly say I learned a lot from the class- Blogging, Making Tutorials, Editing pictures, Fixing image size using pixlr, Making Videos, Mocking games, Building our own game, Connecting with our peers and those of our field related “role models” and most importantly having fun through it all. Who could have possibly say they learned all these stuff in just about 4 weeks! I love the way Professor Smith had designed the class for us, it was truly amazing to have him as our Professor for AC230. Thank you for all your support and feed-backs Professor! My favorite assignment was the “Network Assignment” – it taught me a lot and gave me the opportunity to look across the web for a blogger who’s ideas and blog post would help me when becoming a teacher. I was able to find a great blog page of Mr. Yang- his postings are so recent and interesting to read. He adds  tips and lessons on how to prepare oneself when becoming a teacher. The constructing of arcade was a lot of fun; much more then I had expected it to be. I got to be a kid again and become crazily creative. I would not want to change anything about the class but if possible- if students want to create a really great arcade game, can they work in groups? I think this would allow them to build something much stronger and better. The knowledge I received from this class, I would be looking back at it in helping me become a better teacher in the future.

 

The Making of Bingo Speed.

My Documentations of “Bingo Speed” in process.

Outline of Bingo Speed

 

Pasting of numbers and darkening of the lines.

 

The Final Piece.

 

Bingo cards constructed

 

Bingo Chips

When I decided to turn the BINGO education, I did not know how to get there besides the fact about adding addition problems to its card. I did not know how to be able to go about creating the game fun and challenging. However, though the support of my Professor – Prof. Smith and My Class Fellows- I was able to turn my boring game of Bingo to a fun “Speed Bingo.”  The idea was really good but I did not know how I was going to get my numbers drawing to work- my first thought was to just pick out numbers from the hat but that did not show any “creative-ness.” I wanted to get artistic and what not. I wanted to make something that would be fun to play with and also a little bit challenging and intense for one to play. Therefore, I began to think of games that I found fun while my time at Chuck E Cheese and also Dave Busters. I like games that involves spinning wheels. Right then a light bulb switched on and I decided to make my Speed Bingo a game where it involves me spinning a wheel 🙂

Although I had my idea thought out and designed. I had trouble getting my spinner to spin! It got so annoying to the point where I wanted to design something else =/ I knew I did not have much time but also knew I had to get it done no matter what. The thought of YouTube-ing “How to Make a Spinner for board games?” came to my mind and I had my bestfriend help me find a simple video to help me get my project done.

I had wished for my game to be fun and educational with a little bit of  intensity. I think i was able to accomplish that-  Watch my video!  The more I played with new contestant the more ideas grew. I was able to grasp a better hold of my game with better rules! I could have done a better job at first but since I did not have the opportunity to play it with many people, I did not get much feedback nor any advice.

Thank you guys for playing my game and helping me in improving it 🙂

BINGO SPEED

One of the main traditional lesson plan is teaching students how to add. The knowledge of addition allows students to move on to learning how to subtract, multiply and divide. It all starts with addition, so I believe. I remember growing up and first being taught the concept of adding from my family. Learning to count my toys and money(coins) were just the beginning. When I started school, I can clearly remember my teacher teaching us how to add from using blocks and other class materials.

I was able to find a Lesson Plan on Addition online:

Objectives

1. The students should be able to explain up to 3 different reasons that being able to add is important                                                                                                                                        2. At the end of this lesson the students should be able to add different objects together to find out how many objects there are total.

Materials

1. 5 colorful building blocks
2. 5 pieces of paper with the numbers 1 through 10 on them

Introduction

The teacher should start out by explaining that addition is simply the combination of 2 or more different groups of numbers. For example if you have a pile with 2 objects in it and another pile with one object in it you get three. The teacher should count the separate piles, then put the piles together and count them again. Next the teacher should get five students to come up to the front of the room. The students should be split up into 2 groups one with 3 individuals and the other with 2. The students in the first group should each get pieces of paper with the numbers 1, 2 and 3 written on them. The students in the second group should get the numbers 4 and 5. The class should then count the students in the first group. The teacher should then say that we are now going to add 2 and 3 together. As the group of two moves to the group of three the teacher should say that we have just added 2 to 3. The students should then count the this new group and come up with the number five. The teacher should not move on if the students do not readily recount the new group and do not seem to understand that the groups have now been combined.

Main lesson

The teacher should now talk to the students about the different ways we can use addition in our everyday lives. The teacher should give the example of figuring out how many fish are in the fish tank. The fish could be separated in several ways depending on what fish are in the tank. If there is 1 black fish and 2 gold fish this is an easy number for the children to add. The teacher should then have the students take turns going around the room and looking for things they could add together. The teacher should be accepting of most anything the students want to add. If one student want to add three block and one desk that is OK. The teacher should then ask the students about things in their homes that they can add and ask everybody to think of something at home tonight that it could be beneficial to add.

Conclusion

As a conclusion to this lesson the teacher should have several different objects that she has gathered for the students to add. Each student should get a chance to do this. If any students make a mistake the teacher should correct them and help the students by having them count each pile and then count the piles together.

Evaluation

The students should be informally evaluated based on how the teacher has observed them answering questions. A short quiz could be used as well, but should not take more then five minutes to finish.

To get students to have more fun with addition. A play I decided to add to is- BINGO. Each student gets a bingo card with random number problems on them (2+1, 3+5…etc). Each bingo card may have different number problems but at the same level of difficulty. The game is played just like bingo except the teacher gives the answer to the number problem and the students have to see which number problem equals to the given answer, if the student have that number problem on his/her bingo card then they can cover it with a chip. Some cards may have more then one number problem to the given answer, which is okay the student can cover all the number problems that gives the answer the teacher announced.Once a student has 5 in a row either horizontally  vertically or diagonally then the student wins BINGO.

Using BINGO to learn addition

I tried this game a couple of time with my younger brother and his friend,Nick. Of course I was playing the teacher and calling out the numbers as they were playing the students and trying to figure out which number problems made the answers. Even thought the math problems were easy they were still having little difficulty because the game makes you think fast. It was a fun and exciting game because they both were so desperately waiting for me to say the next number so they can try to hit BINGO before each other. I found it really fun and I believe if we have more players it would be even more fun. It is a really good way to teach students math because kids love games. They would be competing against one another which will make them want to do the math problem at the same time learning it too.

Nick won the 1st round.

I had called out the numbers- 10,5,6 ,7 and 3.

Nick won the 2nd round also

I called out the numbers – 8,6,3,7,10 and 11

Rasheed won the 3rd round

I called out the numbers – 12, 8, 2, 4, 6, 5 and 15

The Feedback I got from them:

“It was really fun, and educational. I felt it was kind of tricky because an answer could have more than one problem for it. The rest was basically just like bingo.” -From Nick

“I had a good time playing this with nick. Nick won the first two times but then I got the hang of it. I think you can make it even more challenging by mixing it up with subtraction, but again it’s for little kids so it’s ok”. – From Rasheed

Prize-

Since it was short notice for my brother and his friend Nick. I did not have any appropriate prize to give so they came up with the idea “The winner gets $5.” I really needed participate so I went with it. However, when playing the game with students- prizes would be school related.

Ticket winning- would be pretty easy. They would have to add up the rows of number they made BINGO in. Depending on the amount, they would win prizes in that range.

Chuck E. Cheese- Fun Day

Dog Pounder Arcade Game

My Academic Computing class took a field trip to Chuck E Cheese on the 14th of January. Our goal was to be able to figure out an arcade game there and to create something similar with mechanism changes added to them. I played several of games there but I did not find them as interesting nor fun. I may sound like a kid but I actually kind of enjoyed playing Dog Pounder and decided to create a similar arcade game.

Dog Pounder was a simple game

1-Insert Money

2- The game will automatically start

3- Push the bone down. The more balls you feed the Dog, the more you win.

While my time at Chuck E Cheese, I was sure Dog Pounder was going to be an easy game to create. However, when I got home- I really started thinking and felt overwhelmed with how I will make it really work. I will be modifying game in about 3 parts. There will be mechanism, Rules, and the Prizing system changes. The modifications changes to the game would not only make it easier for me to create but also much more educational for K-12 classrooms.

As we all know, especially in Elementary Schools, students are given vocabulary list- to help them build on their vocabulary skills and to also help the young learners better understand vocabulary words.  Depending on the grade level- Vocabulary terms can/would vary.

Dog Pounder would be played to build vocabulary skills.

I would use the Five Core Design Elements to give you all a better understanding of the game Dog Pounder Modified.

Rules-

-Every students are to participate because it is an Educational game and will help them on their upcoming class quizes or even Exams.
– There would be about 40 index cards placed on a table.
– At random, student would be called on ( Every student is assigned a random number- the number Teacher calls out at first would help start the game.)
– The teacher would have to have a coin on her. ( to flip and in order to decide on whether it would be Heads or tail. NOTE Heads- vocabulary word.
Tail- Definition of the word)
– Teacher would flip her coin and say it lands on heads and the term read is “Cabin”. The student would have to give the definition of the term.
If the coin had landed on tails – the definition of the word=” A Wood house in the forest.” If the student gets it correct- he gets 1 point. ( 1 point = 1 coin) BONUS POINT is when the student also gives the correct “part of speech” ( ex. – Noun, Adjective) wins 2 points ( 2 points = 2 coins) In total 3 coins. Once this is done- they get to feed the 3 times since they have 3 coins. The amount of balls they feed the dog will determine the amount of tickets a student can win.
– Once this student is done, he/she gets to pick out a number from the bag and a index card from the table and repeat the process the teacher did when it was their turn.
– Note if a student does not answer it correctly- he/she doesn’t get any points.
– One can not give the correct part of speech without giving the correct term or definition ( depends on which one they had to answer)
– If a student does not answer any correctly, their number goes back in the bag filled with numbers- therefore they would get other chances.
Core Mechanics-
Every student gets 20-30 seconds to give an answer.
Goal-
To get  students to learn and help them build on their vocabulary skills.

Space- 
In an educational setting.
Components-
Dog pounder game, index card with vocabularies and definitions, a coin, list of numbers(depending on the total of students (participants) and a Timer.

The game is very student centered!

 

 

Digital Storytelling

 

For our DS106 assignments, I chose to do the visual assignments part ( Caption That). I was able to find this cute picture from Google search and then edited it from Photoshop Express. It allowed me to add text to my imagine and also work with the contrast and brightening of the picture. I did not know much about editing photographs, as I was working  on this part of my assignment- I was also learning the different techniques on how to edit pictures, add bubbles, frame etc.  Photoshop express will definitely be my to go site when I will need to work on editing photographs. At first it was hard to grasp the understanding of the website but after playing around with it- it became a lot easier to use.

Learning objective for K12 would be how the kids can be creative and make a story or conversation from a still picture. Finding a picture from the web and them being able to create a story around it.  They would all be given a certain amount of time period and the tools to complete their assignment.  I think they would all really enjoy doing this if given full explanation and an example of their assignment. For example- I found a picture of a girl and a penguin and tried to make a conversation about it. To modify the assignment, the kids will have to find two pictures and then use their creative minds to make a story to link two different pictures together. This would allow them to explore more and help become better critical thinkers.

 

For the second part of our assignment, I chose to do a video (Inanimate motion). Making inanimate motion video was a lot harder than I had thought it would be. First I thought of the script and which toys I would have to use. I went over to my cousins house and used the toys they had. We took pictures step by step trying to make the script work. Taking pictures of every move and putting it all together to make it seem like they are actually moving took me some time. I had to fix the timing and put it all together. Windows Live Movie Maker helped me a lot in completing my assignment.

Learning objective for K12- how to bring creative thoughts into a video. Students can write a short story first and then based on it would have to make a video. They can either use their toys or draw pictures of their choice in order to play out the story they wrote. This would also help modify the original assignment. I learned how to use the video media to make a video with using just pictures. I learned when making video using pics, timing is very important, because with each photographs- it is a movement in the video. It took me a lot of tries and a lot of photo shots to get it just right.

Overall, this assignment helped me acquire skills I did not think I had. I love photography but never really worked with editing them. I made videos but did not know how to edit them either. I was able to learn a lot from this and the tools used gave me a better understanding of how to be able to use them correctly.

 

 

Snakes and Ladders with a Twist

MOD A BOARD GAME

STEP 1: PICK A BOARD GAME TO MODIFY

I will be modifying the board game- Snakes and Ladders. The original rules and materials for this game is listed here.

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

I will be using UNO cards and trivia questions (questions can vary depending on who’s playing) in order to play this game.

STEP 3: PICK A NEW GOAL FOR THE GAME

The goal of the game of the game remains the same- try to reach to the 100th step before your opponent.

 STEP 4: CREATE A NEW CORE MECHANIC

Players will get a chance to roll their die and draw an UNO card and also have to answer a trivia question.

STEP 5: WRITE RULES

If you role a 1 or 6 on the die. You are eligible to draw a card from the UNO deck and  one of the team player will pick up a trivia question to ask you. If you don’t give the correct answer- your turn gets skipped.

If the card is a number you can move that amount of steps right then

 

If your card is a reverse card, you have to go back the steps you rolled on the dice

 

If your card is a wild card, you can role again

 

If your card is a draw 4 or draw 2, you can use that against an opponent making the opponent go back 2 or 4 depending on the card drawn

 

If your card is a skip card, then you remain where you are and your turn gets skipped.

STEP 6: PLAYTEST YOUR GAME

My best friend and I played this game yesterday since it was only the two of us, the game took some time. I wasn’t getting much in having to draw “draw 4 or even a 2”- it was him who would get them the most and of course I would have to go back the steps and the most annoying part was when moving back and landing on a snake! -_- which would lead me to do down another 10-20 steps. The game was very fun to play but I just wish I had better luck in playing so.

I used to play snakes and ladders with my friends when I was younger. When I got the project to modify a game, snakes and ladder jumped in my head right away because it is my favorite board game. First I thought of adding playing cards to it, but the playing cards were simple and I could not add much to the game with them. Then I thought of the UNO cards, because the UNO cards have many more variety of cards involved I was able to add more twist into the game. The game was more fun with the new twists using the UNO cards. It got harder because you would never know which card you would draw; the cards can be your friend or your enemy.

We played the game again using trivia questions, it became a lot harder since it was not just based on luck anymore. This time around I won 😀 I was able to answer most of the trivia questions correctly which lead me to moving on with my moves on snakes and ladder. The trivia questions adds more fun to the game. I suggest you should give this game a try and see how you like it!

Bonkers- The Price Is Right

Bonkers

Five Core Design Elements

Rules– The rules are very simple. An item is presented to you and you have to guess the correct pattern of the price. There is a board that contains four numbers- it is not mixed and eight spaces- above and below each number. For example- The numbers are 4857. What you have to do is place the marker  on top or bottom of each number which identifies “lower” or “higher” of that price. You have to place the marker according to what you think what the price might be – you ONLY get 30 seconds!

Core Mechanics– Since you only get 30 seconds, you have to be really fast.

Goal– The goal of this game is to guess the correct pattern of the item.

Space-It is a game-board display so you have to move around and place the marker in its correct pattern.

Components– Board with 4 digits, Four markers and a 30 second clock.

Modification of the game.

The original game is played within 30 seconds in trying to guess the correct pattern price of the item. I am going to modify this game by changing the rule. Instead of 30 seconds of guessing, the contestant will now only get 20 seconds to be able to guess the correct pattern. I believe this modification will make the game a little more intense and that is what we usually look for. Once the game was modified, I had my brother play it. Due to the fact he only had 20 seconds, it involved him to be very fast and it created this intensity. I think the 10 seconds difference helped improved the game to become interesting. 10 seconds does make a big difference. Although, my brother was not able to guess the correct pattern  of the game, I hope the game isn’t as difficult to play when trying with others.

In The Shadow of Others

 

One step at a time

I was researching for an informative blog on Google.  I saw and read many blogs, but out of the many, the one that really caught my attention is the “wearenewyorksbrightest.”This blog is of a Middle School math teacher, Mr. Yang, who teaches in the South Bronx. He shares his first year of teaching experience.

I find this blog really interesting because Mr. Yang really enjoys what he does and it shows in his blogs. He even shared several lessons he learned as being a teacher. One lesson he shares is “always stay organized- you never know when your organization is the only thing that can keep you and your students sane”. That is an important lesson because if the teacher is disorganized then only one can describe how the class will be. I really enjoyed reading a couple of his postings. I cannot wait to read all of them from the start. He seems like a very passionate and enthusiastic teacher and I wish to have the same attitude when I start my teaching career. The reason I chose his blog is because he became a teacher in 2011- a new teacher. The advice and lessons he posts on his blog can help prepare me. I want to join his conversations and be able to ask him couple of my own questions. The information he has to provide can mentally prepare me in becoming a teacher. Another lesson he shares is “never try to juggle two physical tasks at the same time”. That is a problem I have, I take on too much as once. I will definitely read his lessons over and start to work on it myself.

I am interested in this piece of conversation because it’s a guide for my future career. I believe becoming a follower of such related blogs would help me get started on building strong connections with my peers. This connection would also allow me to feel more comfortable and more prepared for my teaching career. Looking through “wearenewyorksbrightest.” blog, I can truly say, Mr. Yang would become my role model. In the way he is so passionate about teaching and how he does not waste any time in educating his students. He stays on top and this is very important. There are a lot of teachers out there who just teach for the sake of teaching. However, this teacher he truly loves his job and willing to help students in whatever ways he can. I am so glad I was able to find this blog- it makes me feel like I am a lot closer to my dream than I was ever before.

 

A Little Taste of Heaven :)

 

Oreos Chocolate Truffles <3

Hello Everyone.

After giving a lot of thoughts, I came up with the idea of making Chocolate Truffles😀

I use to make them a lot but sadly there would ever be any left for me in the fridge! They seem to disappear VERY fast. I remember the first time my brother and I made Chocolate truffles, it was like HEAVEN! It is so delicious; we would eat one (or maybe more than just one) after every meal. The first time we ever tried it was at our cousin’s place and I remember asking them where they had gotten it from? My cousin -Marium’s response was –“I made it.” I looked at her like she was 3 headed, saying she’s lying! But she did not lie: x

Of course, I had to ask her how she made it. She ended up giving me the whole recipe and how to make it in complicated steps. At first, it did sound complicated. When my brother and I finally decided to make it ourselves, it was not actually too bad. When you get extra hand, things get done a lot faster. You won’t even imagine that they are made out of OREO!!

Now that I have your attention 🙂

Let me list down the materials and tools you would need

  • Oreos– It can be the regular kind or the double stuffed
  • Cream Cheese– Any would do, however I prefer Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • –  Hershey Chocolate– Come on what else is better? If you prefer another type- go ahead and use that.
  • Aluminum foil– Just a sheet would do.
  • Tray– Any, you can even use plates if you’d want
  • Bowl– Nothing too big.
  • Spoons– You will need two spoons; this would be used for mixing and dipping.
  • Food processor– Any kind that’ll crunch the Oreos.

Steps 

Step 1– Blend the Oreos in the food processor until they are fine like powder

Step 2– Place it in the bowl- put in the cream cheese and mix it either using spoon or your hands- Until dough is formed.

Step 3– Take a little ball and roll them up and place it on your tray or plate

Step 4– Put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Step 5– Melt your chocolate in the bowl

Step 6– Take out the frozen Oreos balls from the freezer and drop them in the melted chocolate bowl one by one

Step 7– Using your spoon toss is around to cover it in chocolate

Step 8– Place it on your tray; make sure to place the aluminum foil sheet on the tray first

Step 9 – You’re done! 😀 Put them back in the fridge to let the chocolate harden a little

Step 10– Enjoy the little taste of Heaven!!

The Main recipe- Oreos, Hersheys Chocolate and Cream Cheese

 

Drop the Oreos in your food processor

 

Blend them until they are crunched up nicely

 

Put the crunched Oreos in your bowl and add in your cream cheese. Mix them with a spoon or your hands.

 

Mix them until you get a dough

 

Take little bit of the dough and make them into a ball. ( Pretend it’s play-doh :P)

 

Get your Hershey Chocolate into another bowl

Melt them. ( Microwave it 30-40 seconds)

 

Gently dip the little Oreos Ball into your bowl of chocolate. Cover it nicely and then place it on your tray or plate.

Your hard work is now done.

But before munching on them- Put them in the fridge for about half and hour – so that way the chocolate hardens.

then SERVE!! 🙂

There are a lot of tutorials on the internet by regular people that just enjoy what they do and want to share how they did it. I think the reason why people do this is to be able to get their ideas and talents out there. I strongly think what compels them to be able to do this would be the support of someone. It can really be anyone. It can either be their friends or family- even teachers. Just like how my Instructor- Professor Smith got us to make something and be able to present it on our blog.

I think I did pretty well on my “project.” Although, it did not really seem like a “project” because I was having fun with it. I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY so since I was making my chocolate truffles and taking PICTURES, it was quite awesome!  I really hope people find my steps easy. It is not as complicated as it may look and trust me- your “hard work” will be worth it!!!

The Politics of Ed- Tech

 

This article is based on Education being political. Government role is not the only reason for Education to be political. According to the article, Audrey Watters states,”it is political because of the Polis– the connections between education and community. Education is political because learning is at once personal (and, of course, “The personal is political”) and social; is it both private and public.” If education can be political so can Ed-Tech.When people think about Ed-Tech- a lots of other words to comes to mind. Such as, Technology, education, Politics, Communication, Learning, connection and a lot more.Ed-Tech has all sorts of meanings to it.

 

 “Ed-tech” is often used too as a shorthand for brands: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pearson, Intel, HP SMART, LEGO, Discovery.”

 

I Believe this trend was chosen to allow us to be able to understand what exactly is the Politics of Ed-Tech and how it has our lives involved into it.  We can for sure say, 2012 was the year of technology. The influence of technology in our life has been increasing dramatically.  The article mentions about the business of ed-tech and its top ed-tech trends- Ipads, Khan academy, online learning, social media and much more. All of these top notable ed-tech has a connection to learning through technology. Technology has changed the way of teaching and learning. Through the usage so much technology, it is starting a business of its own. Now there is a business of education through technology.Its a win win situation on both side. A child gets his/her education and the business company makes money off of their tech.

— we witnessed in 2012 the (education) technology sector discovering, seizing, wielding its power and influence.

 

 The companies listed on the image above contains all sorts of different age and social related learning corporations. They all deliberate to meet the expectation of parents and teachers.Many of us are probably familiar with quite a few of them.

 

An example of political influence on education is that the government wants more educated people in fields like the army and air force. The video gives a small introduction to a program called the key influencer program, which gets people excited for fields like army and air force. The program trains individuals so that they can be interested in such fields. Overall goal for such programs are, as Dr. Filippenko stated at the end of the video “we need to keep the US strong in science, technology, innovations, leadership, team work, creativity and individual pursuit of this high ideals”.