While at first glance this article may not have anything to do with this week’s discussion I think it actually does.  What happens you take one thing that parents have thought to turn kids into couch potatoes and turn into something that actually promotes being healthy.  The Chelsea Intermediate School has wrote a grant to obtain Nintendo Wii hardware and software to incorporate in the physical education program for students.  When I was in middle school, the types of activities we had to choose from were playing sports like basketball, baseball, and dodgeball…yes some consider dodgeball to be a sport.  With time, technology has even influenced how gym class is conducted by using something that is marketed to kids to get in shape using something as fun as Wii Sports.  Some of you may be thinking, “It’s a videogame.”  This no ordinary video game.  You actually sweat and get tired after playing a couple games of it.  No joke.

The culture of the video game world and the technology involved in it has mixed with the school culture of gym class to produce a product that educators and parents can be proud of.  Their kids becoming more active.  This started with DDR aka Dance Dance Revolution and now the Nintendo Wii. It is great to see the video game culture coming up with this kind of technology.  Makes you wonder where it’s going to go in the future.


One Response to “Wii”

  1. When I was in middle school gym class was called ‘recreation class’ and we actually went bowling and to the tennis center to play and learn to keep score, etc. I can completely see Wii being incorporated into gym class. If offers learning a technique as well as score keeping, and healthy competition without permission slips and chaperones.

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