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Friday, March 30, 2012

The iDance Equipment Has Arrived!!

The iDance equipment is finally here and in working order!! 
Everything is wireless and turns on and off with one simple switch, the game is also just software uploaded to a pc which is connected to a wireless detector which can detect up to 32 player pads at one time. 
What's awesome about the game is that each person can be at a different difficulty level and at the end of each song you get your own personal stats about how you did! 

The equipment really is cool and I can't wait to get in the lab and get to try it out more. 

Next week I'll be in the lab constructing picture & video instructions on how to set-up the system and work the iDance game so keep coming back for more info! Happy Weekend!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

iDance - Lab D!!

So for my final teaching lab of the semester I will be introducing my class to iDance! 
A full system can accommodate up to 32-players at once and they can play up to 3 different difficulty levels, all with real-time performance feedback!

I get 20 minutes to teach my iDance lesson and I will be incorporating the FITT principle of training.

I will be teaching April 20th and I am very excited about it!! In the mean time I will be posting Lesson Plans, Task Progressions and details for the next few weeks!!  
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To view more about iDance check out: iDance Games 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lab C - Shinty Time!!

So the week before Spring Break brought about my Lab C teaching session and I was super excited for it! I had 10-12 minutes to teach my tasks and the scenario was that I was instructing a group of 4th graders! One thing I did great was my instant activity! It got the group going, got them working together, and also incorporated some cultural information about Scotland. Shinty came from Scotland a long, long time ago and this was a great way to get the students into it! I had four blue triangle pieces spread out in the middle of the court. Each piece had magnets on the back that would lock on to a corresponding spot on the white board. Also, on each blue piece there was a math problem, the answer was on the white board where the piece should be put. When the students solved each problem and put them on the board, it made a complete Scotland flag! Everyone really enjoyed it! 

My main task for today was to continue working on passing skills for my students and then get them into small game play. After a few short warm-up activities we got into our game positions. One thing I did not do so well was after I informed my students the rules of their small game and got them situated to play, I did not make clear boundaries of play. This was a small mistake that could cause injury and confusion and at first I couldn't believe I forgot to. It was a simple forgetful mistake that I fixed quickly. The students didn't even notice and they kept playing and having fun! 

Even though I did make a simple mistake I did not let it affect me in how my students were cooperating in their activities. I moved past it and still taught an effective lesson. I saw that my students improved on their passing skills and even incorporated game-like skills. Reflecting on how I taught this lesson makes it possible for me to know what I do good and what I need to improve to become a great teacher. I am learning in every situation I am in and it is benefiting me greatly. With reflections and experiences during these labs I will become a great instructor for my future students. 

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My Statistics for Time Coding were as follows: 
56% Activity
16% Instruction
13% Management
2.5% Waiting