Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gaming is the new Learning

Gaming and Learning
So Technology is always updating itself, something new last month is so old right now because we are always trying to improve what we already have. Why not look back and remember the old interactive games? The same games I grew up on, those were the best. I played all those JumpStart Interactive Games and found them challenging and got me ready for my next year of school. I remember playing Math Blaster and JumpStart all the way up until 5th grade. All those games prepared kids for what they would encounter next year at school, plus they engaged kids with a mission and had fun learning at the same time.

My all time favorite game back then was "Read Blaster" This game helped with my Reading Skills, Grammar Skills and Analogies. I still remember the storyline, Rave lives in Monster Ville or something and the Evil Dr. Dapple invited all the Town Council Member to dinner and they disappeared so it was up to me and Rave to save the day or night because it was always night time. (Which made it way creepier!) I would still play this game to this day, but like I mentioned earlier "We" (the Computer People) are constantly updating computers and Reading Blaster only operates on Windows 1998 and the year is 2011 so the game is too old for my computer today to read the disc.
What if we were to bring these Games back into the Classroom?
Certain games can go along with certain curriculum's, whichever the Teacher wants to emphasize, for example My friend is creating a thematic unit on Communities. If she wanted the kids to create their own community she could have the kids play "Sims Town". That way the kids can design and create their own communities and each of them would have to learn what certain communities need to have like schools, police stations, post offices and so on. For history,  Amazon trail so the kids can learn about the variety of animals living in the Amazon, they can learn about the people and tribes within the Amazon, how to navigate a map and river systems and the Teacher could also cover who the Inca People were in History.
I think using Learning Interactive Games like Reader Blaster, Amazon Trail  and the old JumpStart games in the classroom can engage the kids and keep them learning while trying to beat the game. I am sure those same Computer People have created new computer games for the newest generation of kids to continue learning from, all I am saying is; "Hey why not update the old games so the kids today can enjoy the same educational games their Teachers grew up on too."
Images from Wikipedia

                                                      Math Blaster scene

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Ripples

One of my favorite quotes from a wise willow tree once said:

"The Ripples, so small at first but then look how they grow, but Someone has to start them."

I think I am going to start making some ripples, Something as small as saying hello to a stranger. 
This is something I have been told I do too many times. My Mom, my Sister and sometimes my Friends tell me I talk to people too easily. Truthfully I am sometimes too friendly and I do enjoy talking to others. But this small ripple I want to start is due to something I personally have noticed since coming to UNI. I was surprised to notice that many if not all of the students avoid direct eye contact with other students while walking to or from place to place.

What if this is my first ripple?

So Starting today I will be keeping my chin up, walk straight and tall and just say "Hello!" to everyone I meet while passing on the street. I will encourage my friends to take part and maybe this will change. My Dad told me in his college years, attending Texas A&M it was customary to say "Howdee" to everyone you passed on campus. I don't know if I will be able to start a cool word like "Howdee" but Hello is simply enough and that's all I really want is a little "Hello!".    

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

See me @ UNI 
I am a student who dares to become a teacher.
I will be rambling about anything and everything and anyone who know me, know I like to talk more so than ramble. :)
My first post... Hello!!!!