Monday, May 11, 2009
“ I wish to create a cancer-fighting video game.” Ben , age 9
The objective of Ben's game is to destroy all mutated cells and to collect the seven shields that provide protection from common side effects of chemotherapy. Each shield is also guarded by a monster who generated mutated cells.
• Colds - Iceman Monster
• Barf – Robarf Monster
• Chicken Pox –Big Chicken Monster
• Fever - Firemonster
• Bleeding – Vamp Monster
• Hair Loss – Qball Monster
• Rash – Tornado Monster
Three health levels serve as ammunition in the game:
• Health you get from the hospital
• Ammo you get from the pharmacy
• Attitude you get from home
When first playing this game I was really confused and had no idea how to get started. I kept on escaping the game and going back and reading the directions. After I got a basic understanding on how to play the game, and all I wanted to do was kill the monsters and get the shields. I made my cousin come play the game, and she kept screaming in anger that she couldn't kill the monsters. We both found it astonishing, how such a young kid like Ben could create a game about cancer and the effects it has on your body into one animated game. Ben was able to create a video game to help other kids endure their cancer treatments.By creating this computer game, it helped Ben think about something positive to help others kids as well as himself battle their illnesses. Ben's game has helped thousands of children across the world, and has been translated into nine different languages. When doing some research on Ben's game I came across a really intriguing article about the effects of video games on children in the Washington Post.
Friday, May 8, 2009
The web site is from Canada, which is located in North America. If I was asked to locate Canada on a map I could be able to locate it because it is located right above the United States. The video and articles are about Brain Gain, a research done by teacher Allison Cameron with her 8th grade class at City Park Collegiate in Saskatoon. I found this new piece to be very interesting because it talked about how exercise can affect the brain. In health class I was also taught that exercise when your tired can always boost your energy, and make you less fatigue, but I was never informed that it can also improve your thinking skills. In today’s society most kids are moving less and less, and are standing still in of Physical Education classes. The City Park Collegiate School is mostly a school with students who have behavioral issues and have never succeed in the classroom. Teacher Allison Cameron wanted to find a way to help her students succeed and she did it by moving exercise equipment into the classroom. By having her students perform 20 minutes of exercise once a week in the classroom she noticed that her students began to concentrate more, work harder, and there were no behavioral issues. Research has proven that exercise challenges different parts of the brain and increases concentration and mental ability. The class was first tested in February, and later at the end of school in June. Results show that due to the 20 minutes of exercise students test grades tremendously increased in math, reading and writing, comprehension, and word sitting. Physical Education teachers at this school were not involved during this experiment, and it was done in the classroom to improve the grades of students who were unable to succeed in the classroom. I think that the outcomes are similar to our New York State PE Standard 3, which is, participates regularly in physical activity. They want every student to stay active, but they do not look at the skill level of their students like we do in Physical Education. As a future teacher this article taught me that physical education is not only beneficial for ones health, but also my students academic achievements.
In New York State I strongly believe that Physical Education teachers are still teaching some bad P.E and need to re-evaulate their programs and move towards good P.E. Currently, all Physical Educators are trying to create “ Physically Educated People” and by learing the New York State standards it will help guide them and organize the process of creating more physically educated people. My goal as a teacher is to make sure all my students come to class and enjoy taking part in physical activity, and they carry out that physical activity for a lifetime. Also as of right now Physical Education is not on the school report card, and by moving forward towards good P.E we need to make improvements, and make more people aware of the importance of Physical Education on their children. I think it is a really good idea to create regents exams in New York State for Physical Education to test students on their knowledge on physical fitness.