Here is a link as well: ed-386.01-week-7-digital-storytelling-across-the-curriculum
The game “Lets Go Luna” has been overwhelmingly helpful in introducing me to the idea of using video games in the classroom. This has been an eyeopening experience for me because I had no idea that there were so many educational opportunities in the video gaming world.
James Gee’s article discusses many different ways that video games can be beneficial in a classroom environment. One of these benefits is that they allow children to experience a simulation of events that they may not experience in real life. My favorite point that Gee makes is that video games can “build simulations to understand and make sense of things, but also to help you prepare for action in the world.” Especially at the elementary school age, it is important to allow students to experience things that they might face when they grow older. These experiences might impact how they want to make decisions in the future. Not only that but video games can give these students practice for what is to come. We are given an unlimited amount of resources on the internet to help students progress their learning and it is our job as teachers to find these resources and implement it in learning. Technology has advanced to the point that it is almost a necessary component of learning. This video game exploration has shown me the ways, not only technology, but video games are beneficial in student learning.
I had the opportunity to play the McDonalds Video Game and I wanted to do a comparison to the video game I am exploring (Lets Go Luna). These two games had many similarities. For instance, they both provide a simulation that is engaging to students and allows them to make decisions how ever they choose seems fitting. These games provide information and access to opportunities that students might not be able to experience in their everyday life. I love that both games allow the player to have full control over their actions
These games also had a couple differences. The McDonalds Video Game seems to have an ulterior motive as an underlying factor. The same had political stereotypes and and biased motives. Although it was informational, it is hard to tell what parts of the game are accurate to real life. For the Lets Go Luna game, there is no bias involved, just factual information that can provide new and interesting knowledge about an unknown area of content.
Overall, I really did enjoy playing the McDonalds Video Game because it was fast pace and always had me on my feet. There was always a task needed to be done and it was fun trying to keep the company running smoothly! Maybe I will be a CEO one day…or maybe not.
Below is a screenshot of the game. This is a scene where the player is farming to create more soy and meat for the company.
When browsing through the games provided, I wanted to find a game that was information as well as fun. I have always been a huge fan of geography, and I found an awesome game from PBS Kids that takes you on a journey to different cities throughout the world. This game is called “Lets Go Luna” where an adorable moon guides to you through the cities New Orleans, London, Paris, Juneau, and Rio de Janeiro. https://pbskids.org/luna/games/lunas-seek-and-find
Each city that we traveled to had different tasks to complete while visiting. In Juneau, Alaska we had to help a photographer take pictures of the animals that lived there. Every time we took a picture, Luna the Moon would give information and random facts about that animal. In New Orleans, Louisiana we collected instruments for a jazz band. When collecting the instruments we were able to hear how it sounds and the impact it has on the jazz culture. In Paris, France we entered a bakery and made some delicious French cuisine while also learning the french words for that food. In London, United Kingdom we helped a street performer collect items for his juggling act. I really liked this city because the items used to juggle were objects that we have in America, but are called something different in the UK. For example, we had to find the soccer ball which is actually called a football in London and chips that are actually called crisps. Lastly, we traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While visiting Rio de Janeiro we helped an artist create a float for the city festival called “Carnival.” Luna explained what this event is and how it is important to the Brazilian culture. I absolutely loved this game because every task that we did involved valuable information about that city and their culture which might not be familiar to students especially at a young age.
I could definitely see myself incorporating this game in a geography lesson to give the students the feel as if they are actually traveling to the country. This game reminds me of other games I use to play as a child, but with better graphics. A couple games that I remember playing in elementary school were games on coolmath.com and study island. Many of those games were considered “drill and practice” games which I got bored of very easily. “Drill and practice” games can be beneficial when used for a short amount of time or in a group setting but for an individual, they need a more complex or puzzling game to keep their interest. Looking through this PBS platform, I would highly recommend using it in the classroom because it provides games for all ages and most subject areas. Not only that, but PBS has very intricate games that allow the student to feel like they are really inside the activity.
Below are some pictures of the game. As you can see, the first picture shows all the cities and where they are placed on a world map. You should check this game out!
1. What is your first name? Please use your preferred name, nick name, etc. Do you have preferred pronouns?
Hi there! My name is Hannah Ingram.
2. Where are you from?
I am from Willoughby Hills, Ohio which is about a 20 minute drive from John Carroll. I currently live in an off campus house on South Belvoir with some amazing girls! I grew up around Cleveland so I love that I am so close to my favorite city during my college experience.
3. What are you into; what makes you special? Share a few “unique” aspects about yourself that would help our classroom community get to know you a bit.
Before college, I spent a lot of my time teaching swimming lessons at the YMCA and working at different summer camps. My experiences with teaching and helping children was the main reason for my decision to be a teacher. Every education class that I have been in, so far, has validated my desires for being a teacher. In my free time I enjoy being around my friends and roommates. We always go on crazy adventures including spontaneous trips to Florida, Myrtle beach, and anywhere that peeks our interest. Covid has put a halt to our adventures but we still try and find joy in our everyday activities.
4. Being as specific as you can, what must be in place for you to feel comfortable taking intellectual and creative risks in a course?
Classes on zoom can be difficult for me because I get very tired looking at my computer screen for a long time. I work better when the class has a lot of discussions and activities throughout it so that I can keep my mind focused. I have been struggling at getting a routine this semester. It has been hard to manage in-person classes, asynchronous classes, and synchronous classes. I am trying to figure out how to manage my time everyday so for the first couple weeks I might be struggling with the format. Overall, I am really excited to learn more about this class but I will need time to adjust to the different circumstances.
5. I want to know what matters most to you about education. To this end, please share with the class an essay that is essential to your interests/concerns as a preservice teacher. (Include the reference to the essay [chapter, article, website] and a few sentences about its significance to you).
It is very important that my future classroom incorporates differentiated instruction. I have learned how to differentiate my instruction through many different classes here at John Carroll but I am not sure how to effectively do this when teaching online. I found this article from Education Week talking specifically on differentiated instruction for online classrooms. Not only does this article talk about how teachers can engage diverse groups of leaders, but it explains how to accommodate a student who is not physiologically comfortable learning in a stayed position for a long period of time. https://www.edweek.org/teaching-learning/opinion-five-ways-to-differentiate-instruction-in-an-online-environment/2020/05
6. Write down a question or two that you would like to ask about me or the class.
Will you also be giving us tips this semester on how to run an online class, especially with elementary school students?
I think that society is stuck in their old ways with stereotyping people and limiting themselves from diverse environments. This idea has contributed greatly to the school to prison pipeline. While discussing this in class, we talked about “white flight“ and how it affects certain neighborhoods. Legally we do not have segregation in schools and in the society but it happens slowly and indefinitely. This is not the same for all areas. At my school, Willoughby South, I believe every year we become more and more diverse from the families in Cleveland city schools moving out to the suburbs. A lot of the diversity in schools depends on the area that you are from. This affects the school to prison pipeline because of the uneven ratio of white to black kids that get put into prisons and go through juvenile courts. What happens is that schools with a majority of black students have more security within them. Creating more arrests especially for minor offenses. The intense amount of security is not helping the students or keeping them safe, it is increasing arrests which effects the students lives in the long run, creating a prison like environment. In the article, it discusses how rare of an event like a school shooting is. I calculated the statistics and it states that a billionth of a percent chance that a school shooting will take place. With all of these security measures into schools that are meant to help students feel safe, have actually just increased the amount of arrests with in the schools of high-security. Most of these arrests are for actions such as speaking out in class, fighting, truancy and others just like it. With actions like this it does not declare the student harmful to the community. It is an unfair system that needs to be fixed but in the long run. This can start when desegregation becomes enforced again to create equally diverse schools and communities.
- After viewing your demographics from your own high school, do you think that segregation is making a comeback in American schools today? After viewing my high schools demographics I was not very shocked. My school is pretty diverse with a mix of all different cultures. It was however not completely even. About 50% of our school population was white and the other 50% consisted of other cultures. What happened to be the most shocking was the other students input on the graph with in the class. Every single one of the schools had a majority of white students that attended the school. It is hard to think about segregation nowadays considering all of the laws against it, but it is clearly still apparent in the school systems in the US. The graph calculated by the class blew my mind and how little diversity there is within schools. Even with how shocking the graph is, I do not believe that segregation is making a comeback in American schools today. I believe that it is very difficult trying to change the past, but many people are stuck in their old ways. I do not think that it will fully return to segregated schools considering how much fire that will fuel many people to retaliate and make a scene. I feel like it is gradually getting more more diverse but there should be a plan in place to try and fight back on the school that seem to be predominantly a certain race. Diversity is important in the school systems because it makes them more culturally understanding country. Therefor United States is considered a melting pot and it should be represented in that way in schools.
- Difference between Brown vs. Board of Education and Green vs County School Board? he difference between these two court cases is pretty important. Brown vs Board of Education created laws making it illegal to segregate in schools. Whereas Green vs County School Board actually started implementing the previous laws. Schools that did not want to desegregate, were taking their own time and really not changing any of their old habits. Green forced schools to start desegregating and not take their time. This was the start of diversity in schools. Both court cases were important in American schools, but should be remembered when it comes to today’s education system.
- Do you believe school choice is fundamentally against the “democratic vision of public education”? If so, how? If not, why? I do not believe that they are against the democratic vision of public education, I feel that they are just creating schools that can only fit certain types of people. In a way, school is like a business, and each type of school is run differently. I do believe however it is hindering the overall population of public school kids. In the quote stated in the article and in the presentation, I feel it describes perfectly how this division of public and charter school are effecting one another. In the quote stated in the powerpoint is describes how this has a major effect. “The question for the future is whether the continued growth of charter schools in urban districts will leave regular public schools with the most difficult students to educate, thus creating a two-tier system of widening inequality. If so, we can safely predict that future studies will “prove” the success of charters schools and the failure of regular schools, because the public schools will have disproportionate numbers of less motivated parents and needier students. As charter schools increase in number and able students enroll in them, the regular public schools in the nation’s cities will be locked into a downward trajectory. This would be an ominous development for public education and for our nation.” In a sense, this division has to do with money. It should be equally distributed but as stated before, school is like a business and functioning to stay open. Especially in a charter school. The students tuition is the basis of their money flow and is they reason they stay open.
- How can charter schools have detrimental effects on public schools? (Think: who are the majority of charter students?) As stated previously Charter schools consist of students with a wealthier background and parents/family members that have the drive for the students success. It is creating a separation of public school and charter school students having different standards, even if the flow of teachers does not change. I did not experience this in my public high school. I feel that expectations were still upheld and the wealthier students were not dropping and transferring to a charter school. I do believe that the urban schools are spanning outward toward the suburban areas which might influence the wealthier children to move their children to charter schools.
- Do you believe that the Administrative Leaders should come from a background in business experience or come from teachers with experience in a classroom? In my personal opinion, I feel that a background in both business and classroom experience is important for many reasons. Teachers and professors spend each day figuring out ways to better there teaching for all of their classes. Every class is different because ever person is different. Teachers have learned to adapt their teaching to every class setting, and over time, their experience provides them with an open mind and ideas for change. To be on the school board, these qualities are important because teachers know the the way around a classroom and the way around a students mind. The business major would be able to provide a different view then the view of teachers. A business man or woman could see the statistical point of view along with keeping the order without an unbiased view.
- What do you think was the most defining characteristic of the Progressive Era? The most defining characteristics of the Progressive Era were a combination of social activism and political reform across the United States. The main objectives of the Progressive movement were eliminating problems caused by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and political corruption. This era brought out many educational leaders such as John Dewey and Margaret Haley. John Dewey was a philosopher, psychologist, democratic socialist, and educational reformer. He believed that students should use real world problems to enhance their learning to find interests and that the role of the teacher in this setting would be to serve more as a facilitator than an instructor. John Dewey thought that teachers should observe the interests of the students, observe the directions they naturally take, and then someone who helps develop problem-solving skills while learning through a hands-on approach. He started the Laboratory School at the University of Chicago in 1896. Dewey had a huge impact on education that still effects the role of educators today. Personally, I find Margaret Haley’s effect on education was inspiring. Haley was a school teacher in Chicago where she had a strong voice for teachers. This was years before women could even vote. By the year of 1904 she was already recognized as the best-known teacher advocate in the United States. Margaret fought for: Increased salaries, job security and pensions, an end to overwork in overcrowded classrooms, and recognition of teachers as educators instead of “factorized education”. Both have been a huge impact of education today as well as become a huge icon of the Progressive Era.
The banking method of education is a term used to describe and critique the traditional education system. The idea of the banking method hinders the learning of students. Students learning is being hindered in the way that banking method takes away creativity and individuality of the students. Throwing information at students without letting them dive into what they find important or interesting, is basically just teaching to the test instead of teaching to better the students future. While reading this article some oppressive statements were brought to my attention. For example one of the of these ideas stated that “The teacher knows everything and the students know nothing.” This perfectly describes the idea I had already brought up. In this scenario, the teacher is pictured as an authority figure that dictates the entire class. This takes away the students voice in the classroom because they are not treated as equal. Along with this idea of teaching, students are not able to become involved in the learning experience that a classroom can bring. Another example from the text states “The teacher is the Subject of the learning process, while the pupils are mere objects.” With this state of mind, the idea of letting the students become involved in the learning is nonexistent. In my opinion, middle school students along with high school students need to be in control of their learning while the teacher guides the students into their academic endeavors. Especially at the young adult age, becoming involved in the lessons will challenge the students to use there brain instead of taking notes and memorizing facts. This might not be the case for elementary school kids. I believe that at that age, the students need more structure while learning the core ideas of their every day subject skills. Having the kids become more involved in the classroom would definitely keep the attention of the students, but structure and guidance by the teacher is greatly needed. Children at an elementary school age have such a creative mind, it is very important to make sure that they are understanding the concepts along with going in depth on areas that spark their interest. Freire used problem-posing as an alternative to the banking method of education. Problem-posing refers to a method of teaching that emphasizes critical thinking. This way uses the creative and interactive teaching methods in the classroom. Both methods affect the students inside classrooms today because they are the one interpreting all that the teacher is saying. The methods used by the teacher will affect the way the students understand and comprehend the lessons being taught.