Video Game Blog Post Final Thoughts

As a teacher, I believe that one of the most important ways to see if a game is useful in the education world is through experience. I have decided to go to the Atlas Mission app and take a look at the many reviews that were given by many different parents and teachers. One review stated “As a teacher, I recommend the Atlas Mission to parents because with the Atlas Mission, kids learn without realizing they are learning…because they have so much fun playing, giggling…and just having an amazing time learning. I also love how the Atlas Mission takes kids around the world when they don’t have the opportunity to do so themselves. When my own daughter played the game, she smiled, laughed, giggled…and wanted to play it again and again and again.”

The review page on the app store also laid out why this app is different from other apps and educational games.

THE ONLY PRE-SCHOOL GAME THAT:

  1. Has eye-exercises that help your child’s eyesight
  2. Has a parent controlled timeout feature that lets you determine how long your child can play with the game every day
  3. Gives real-life context to what your child is reading, which improves reading skills

DESIGNED FOR PARENTS’ PEACE OF MIND

  1. Can be played offline (so you can keep your child busy during road-trips and on flights)
  2. No ads, popups, or links to other sites
  3. Up to 4 children can play on the same account

This review page showing the many positives of this app really made me realize how fun, educational, and beneficial for student learning Atlas Mission really is. I would use this app as an everyday app in my classroom throughout many different parts of the day. Since there are many different categories and subject provided on this app, you can use it for a handful of lessons as well as free play if the students wish.

Video Game Blog Post #3

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To start off, I decided to click on the 5-7 age group category. During this game you planted different seeds in the dirt every time you “wrote out” a word. In this case, students would select a seed to plant (I picked flowers). I then spelled out the word “cat.” As you trace the letter, the app will say the sound that letter makes. At the end, the sounds are said and combined with the final word being said.

I decided that this may be a little easy and boring for a 5-7 age group. At the top right hand corner there is a pause button. With that button, you are able to change the level of difficulty as well as change the world that you are in. If you would like to make the game more difficult or change to a different world, you are able to at any time.

The more I play this app the more I love it. One great feature about the app is you can set the settings to give you progress report updates on students reading. The app will update you when students grow/advance in their reading on the app.

Another reason I love Atlas Mission is because if you decide to leave the game, the next time you open it, it will bring you back to the same place you left off at in about 1 minute. You never have to restart even when you are in the middle of the game.

Video Gaming Blog Post #2

For my second blog post I tried finding a game that would last longer so students wouldn’t get bored of playing so quickly. I chose to use the game Atlas Mission on aslasmission.com. The Atlas Mission game is a new groundbreaking educational game that can be played on almost any device you can think of. The game is generally for 3-7 year olds where they go on an epic adventure along with their friend “Atlas Finch” who is the traveling robot in the game. During the students adventure, they will complete a number of missions set in different countries including US, Canada, Mexico, UK, India, Brazil, Australia etc. Each mission involves a variety of games designed to improve skills in vocabulary, spelling, reading, writing, STEM, and 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and coding). Each mission will also help students understand unique cultural characteristics of the countries they are visiting.

I enjoy Atlas Mission because it is a fun yet educational way for students to work on many different skills in many different areas. It also gives students to opportunity to experience first hand wonders of the real world. Not only are they learning different skills but they are learning different cultures as well.

One downfall about this game is the ages that it is designed for. I think 3-7 year olds will have a great time learning and playing this new game but I think it would be a lot more beneficial if the game was designed for older kids as well.

Blog Post Video Gaming #1

Having different games to play in your classroom can be very beneficial to new learners. But, there are many things that must be considered while choosing an educational game for students. It is important that the teacher play the game first to make sure it is appropriate for both the curriculum and development level of the student. The game should not be too challenging but challenging enough for students to have to think while playing the game. Overall, the game should be educational along with beneficial to new learners.

The website that I found for my game is education.com/games. Throughout this website, there are many different language arts and math games you can play. These games are categorized by the game itself, grade, subject, and/or topic. Once you select what you are looking for, there are a handful of games that fall into that specific category. This website also offers printable worksheets, activities, songs, stories, and guided lessons/lesson plans. What I like best about this website is every game that you choose, goes along with a common core standard. You are able to click on any game and at the bottom will be the standard that is being practiced throughout.

The game that I chose was “Bubble Buster: Addition to 10.” This bubble buster game is designed for first grade students who are looking to practice their skills with adding to 10. The student will be asked to click on two different numbers that add to 10 as quickly as possible. If the student is too slow, the bubbles will fill up the screen and they will lose. If the students are adding to 10 quickly, they will graduate to more challenging levels as they play. When I first started to play this game, I found it to be a bit slow just because there are only so many different ways to add to 10 and the game gives you quite a bit of time to do it before another bubble falls down. After moving up to different levels, the bubbles get faster and faster so a student really has to know their facts to fulfill that level. I do like this game because I believe it is a quick and easy way for students to practice adding to 10. I also believe that the students will be motivated to play this game because there is a challenge providing many different levels of speed. A way to better this game would be to have numbers other than 10 to add up to. This way, students are able to practice with many different numbers and they aren’t just adding to 10 all of the time. A way that I would use this game in my classroom is to make it competitive and more fun for students. I would do this by giving each child an iPad and having this game on the screen to play. I would put a timer on for a certain amount of time and at the end, students with the highest score/points/level can pick a prize. By presenting the game this way, you can move the game along by just having it be played for a short amount of time. In this time, since students are competing with other students, they will feel motivated to play the game as well as practice their addition skills.

Personal Information

 

Personal information
1. My name is Allie Chimera

2.  I am from Buffalo, NY.

4. My favorite thing to do in my free time is to try new recipes. I love trying new foods as well as cooking many different new things. I also like to go shopping and hang out with friends/family. During this semester, I hope to make deans list.

Learning Style and more:

5. For me to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a course, I must have a full understanding of what is going on. If I don’t have a clear explanation of what is expected, I may become shy when it comes to taking different risks in a course. What also helps me to take risks, is when I am close with the class, as well as the professor. I am able to be more creative when I know who I am presenting in front of.

What have you been reading?

6. http://theconversation.com/how-parents-and-teachers-can-make-school-a-happy-place-for-kids-53314

This article explains how parents and teachers can make school a happy place for kids. As a future teacher, my goal is to make sure that all students are always comfortable, safe, and happy in the classroom. It is crucial for children to be in the right environment to be able to grow and succeed. This article gives many examples for parents and teachers to refer to, to make sure that their children are successful.

About Dr. Shutkin:

7. One question I have about the class is will it be more group orientated other than the blog posts? Or, is the class more individual? Another question I have is what is your favorite course to teach at John Carroll?

 

Power and Control in American Education

Implemented in 2001, “ The No Child Left Behind Act” introduced new standards to the American education system. The goal of the act was to improve federally funded school’s academic standards nation wide. The act has produced many good results, but has many drawbacks as well. Because of this, the effectiveness of the act has been highly debated in recent years.

The act has increased the quality of education in America. By introducing standardize testing and content, children are held to higher academic standards in order to proceed through school. Also, the act increased bettered learning environment by increasing teacher qualifications. Previously, teachers could utilize more excuses to alleviate blame for poor student performance. Further, the act looked to improve children’s lives attending unsafe or failing schools. Parents in these districts could choose other public schools or take advantage of free tutoring being offered. Throughout the years the act benefited many American Children.

Though the act has many positive aspects, there are also many disadvantages. Schools had to meet certain adequate yearly progress requirements (APY) in order to keep receiving funding. After two straight years a school did not meet APY standards students were given the option to transfer to other schools. This allowed many bright students to leave the school district. With many people leaving and continual decline in overall performance many schools were forced to close. Also, the act left a student reliance on testing instead of actually obtaining knowledge. This leads to all sorts of problems. Other negatives included a decrease in teacher’s salaries, though standards for being a teacher increased and not many accommodations for students who needed them.

After reviewing the No Child Left Behind policy, though flawed I still believe the act was a good thing. The act started us on a track for academic improvement in America. However, I do believe provisions could be added for overall improvement. In high school, I had a few friends that did not pass their AP tests, though received A’s in their classes. As they did not pass the AP test, they were not able to receive credit for their courses in college. This caused them to spend extra money to retake classes they did well on because they could not receive a certain score on a standardized test. As this cost my friends, I feel this is something that could be changed to improve the system.

Queer Theory

There are two main categories that teachers should always have in the back of their mind while interacting with students. One is the demonstration of love and respect. Teachers are with their students more than the students are with their own parents and families. Considering the classroom is like a home to these kids, it should also feel like one as well. Walking into a loving and respectful environment will make it easier and more comfortable for each individual to voice their views (whether it entails queer theory or not). The second category that should always be portrayed is teachers remaining neutral on issues. Teachers should always remain neutral to simply educate their students into holistic people and to endorse all thoughts and ideas. If a teacher voices her beliefs out to the students and they have a different opinion then it may lead to questioning the validity of their thoughts. Children will always be growing and developing so when it comes to their thoughts and ideas, it is very important to be respectful and remain neutral to help discuss and educate these students to become the best version of themselves as possible.

 

The more viewpoints that are discussed with a student, the more that student will understand which will help with the growing as a child. Students will relate with others and create bonds, further developing their identities and coherencies. While the teacher is participating in these discussions while remaining neutral, students will most likely buy into the authenticity and feel a lot more comfortable in the classroom environment. In my opinion, the best way to create an inclusive classroom and combat injustices is for the teachers to give each individual the respect that they deserve and to also remain neutral in complicated issues.

 

When it comes to “heteronormative standards in the education system,” it is always a good thing for teachers to talk about different relationships that they have in their life. Obviously not too personal but it is always good for the students to hear what is going on outside of the classroom, especially to grasp what a healthy relationship looks like with all aspects of gender. Though it may feel pressuring, talking about the debate of gender is healthy for a classroom setting.

 

In my high school, all of my teachers were pretty open about most things. I always felt comfortable and respected to go talk to them if I ever had an issue. What was also really nice was we usually had assemblies talking about different issues that would go on so it was more of a whole school thing rather than just something that was discussed in the classroom. We also had many clubs that you could join and many after school activities that had teachers actually stay later just to discuss certain topics with students that chose to stay with them. There are many ways to dismantle these socially invented categories and we as educators need to focus on doing so with each individual in the classroom.