The Wii In the classroom?So my students have asked me to bring my Wii to the classroom to play during recess when I know that its going to be a rainy day and we cant go out.  (First let me say...

The Wii In the classroom?

So my students have asked me to bring my Wii to the classroom to play during recess when I know that its going to be a rainy day and we cant go out.  (First let me say that we have to go to the local park for recess becuase they are building a new school so we have no indoor play place.)  What would be the downfall of bringing it?  I know that retirement homes have Wii's for the elderly to workout.  I know that it would have to be planned so that the rest of the class is not just waiting to play.  I know Wii fit has yogo and step class. What are the Pros and Cons? Does anyone know of another Wii game that more than two people can play.   

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think it's great!  I've played the Wii and it is incredible exercise.  Especially the boxing...yikes!  The only thing is that you will need to teach them the proper handling of your game components so no one drops and breaks it...they are all very expensive and kiddos aren't always as careful as they could be.

Otherwise, I don't see a thing in the world wrong with it.  Kudos to you for fostering creativity and action for all kids.  We need more of this as our nation balloons into obesity even at the youngest levels.  It kills me to see some of the kids in my sons' school so overweight. 

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Well, I personally think it's a WONDERFUL idea so long as it's approved by your administration.  Many games can play up to four players, including Cranium's "Kadoo".  This game encourages creativity, along with utilizing multiple intelligences and skills.  Talk about an extremely relevant differentiated instruction activity!

Wii SPORTS is also very fun, and with four Wii-motes, you can play quite the game of Tennis!  Bowling is also great for four players, but is a bit less active.  Monkey Ball Banana Blitz is a safe game for students to play, up to four at a time.  There are a variety of matching skill games, along with logic and other skills involving hand-eye coordination.

Of course, you could always take it home and become HOOKED on Mario Kart or Super Smash Brothers Brawl... those games offer online play for free via Nintendo's WFC network.  Happy playing!

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lynniejo | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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I believe this is a great idea.  Everyone needs exercise and the students would love it.  They would really love it if the teacher played with them and they beat the teacher.  Not only would it provide great exercise, it would also give the students a much needed brain break.  Sometimes students will shut down because they have been taught too much in a short amount of time.  This would help give them that break they need while providing much needed exercise.

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mjfish | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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I also think this is a great idea!  We all know that exercise is "good for you", but research also shows that exercise improves concentration levels.  Kids need frequent Brain Breaks.  This would be another great way to stimulate their minds!

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