Phys. ed. goes high tech in District 24
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Zucker said that he hopes a program like this will encourage students to make exercise a part of their daily lives, whether it is by using these interactive video games, or doing something active outside. “Hopefully it will get them to try other things,” he said.
He added that when children are fit, they feel better about themselves.
Jackson Morton, a second-grader at the William L. Buck School, said he enjoyed playing video games in school last week. He said he plays a lot of fitness related games at home already. “I like to play for hours,” he said. “You keep your heart and muscles working.”
For Jackson, he said that regular exercise can make him strong, and agreed that it is important to be active outside, as well.
Classmate Alexandra Bartolomeo admitted she was a little bit tired after 50 minutes of interactive video games, but said she felt like she got a good workout. She does a lot of the dance games at home.
Testa said that bringing in the program was easy because many students already play a lot of these games at home. He said the students were able to come into the gym and just start playing. Instead of teaching the kids how to use the games, the instructors from iGame4 were able to spend time teaching them what parts of their bodies they were exercising with each game.
Brooklyn Avenue School Principal Dr. Scott Comis, the district’s coordinator of physical education, said he was impressed with the program and hopes to make it a regular activity in District 24. “It’s an amazing way to couple 21st century technology with phys. ed.,” he said. “I hope the children retain the experience of interacting with technology beyond a keyboard and a mouse.”
Testa agrees that he believes a program like this is the wave of the future. “I want to be more creative in phys. ed.,” he said. “We don’t even play dodge ball anymore. We try to do things that the kids can relate to.”