A month ago I was told I had $2000 to spend buying new technology for my classroom. I immediately thought, well I would love to have some flip camera's so that we can make more movies, and a couple iTouches would be great also for center work. I was very excited to get some new things in my classroom, but was also looking for an idea that is different.
A teacher down the hall came to me and shared her idea, she wanted to get a Wii. She went to a session about gaming in the classroom during ICE last year, and she wanted to see what she could do with it in her classroom. She also has a theory that video games can help bring up Math test scores. So we were told to start collecting data and they would buy her a Wii.
She looked at this as a challenge and I was right on board ready to help her with any research she might need. I found this curriculum map done by someone and posted on the web https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/brookwood167.org/lv?key=tv_XLTCAQzrwR1MpaXZbsyw&type=view&gid=0&f=true&sortcolid=-1&sortasc=true&rowsperpage=250.
So this week I am being observed in Math, and we are learning about graphing and data analysis. So it looks like a perfect time to try out some of these lessons. I would love to hear people's thoughts on gaming in the classroom, even if it is negative. Wish me luck with this observation!