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 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.


The Business of Education for Better or Worse

In the top Ed-Tech trends of 2012 Audrey Watters writes about many issues but the issue I am concerned with is the issue of the business of Ed-Tech which is a rabbit hole of many issues that hit home for an educator

In the review Watters begins with a brief introduction to the buisness of Ed-Tech by providing a number of examples.  She is concerned not only with education technology but more so the business of education and the growing trends that surround them.  Watters focuses on the particular trend of education technology start up companies – “Clearly education technology entrepreneurship exploded this year”.  Watters follows up this statement by explaining the reason for this explosion, such as the low cost of business start up, the rising cost of public education and consumer call for education technology among others.

Watters introduces a handful of education entrepreneurs who were successful this year.  Of particular interest are entities like Coursera which offers online classes from some of the countries best universities, Khan Academy which offers users the opportunity learn many subjects for free and which is a site designed for educators to buy/sell/share a variety of resources.  By following the links in this section Watters really points to the entrepreneurship in education.

In the next section Watters details the issue of education technology investments and this issue really hit home as a college student and future educator. Watters looks at the investment numbers comparing the internet boom of the late 90’s to the present numbers.  It reveals that there was a boom in ’99, a boom in ’11 with a lull in the years between.  This suggests that education technology is on the rise and is very profitable for investors.

The issue I found interesting in this section was a point Watters made about how a large number of investments are being made to Ed-Tech start up companies as opposed to funding for public education.  Watters  uses the example of  California in which the state is freezing enrollment of 470,000 students into public universities. As a student and future educator this is a big concern of mine because it points to the trend of limited access to higher education in the future and it is also discouraging that investments are being steered toward business rather than public education.

Cal State Freezes Student Enrollment

This is a trend students and educators in many communities may have to face in the very near future. To me this is the most relevant issue in Watters review, on one hand you have a boom in education technology business and on the other hand the investments into these businesses is taking away from funding for education, therefore this boom in education technology business is like a double edge sword and it is up to us to decide which path to pursue.

Overall I found Watters review of this topic to be very eye opening, I came to understand the elements of entrepreneurship with regard to the business of educational technology and just how diverse technology is influencing education.  Yet my biggest conclusion on the issue of the business in Ed-Tech is where the funding is coming from, who its going to and who is getting left out.  I feel that technology in the classroom is the future but it should evolve around learning as opposed to money making.






Maker movement fused with education

Hello everyone my name is Meir Galed and my major is Health Education (K-12).

Education as we know it is on the rise and is being fused with technology. It is starting from elementary levels and it is amazing how children are learning and using new ideas and coming up with new concepts. The ideas and concepts of creating something other than just sitting in a class in rows and facing the teacher with a bored face and showing no interest. One of these new concepts is technology and how children are incorporating technology with their education. Below is an image of people creating new things at the Maker Faire and they are in the young makers program and the faire shows many of their inventions.

Maker Faire Africa 2010 – Nairobi By Maker Faire Africa

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