Tuesday, May 1, 2012

#Exergaming with DDR Classroom (Gym) Edition: Appropriate?

The field of large group #exergaming just got a little more crowded with Konami's release of DDR Classroom (Gym) Edition. Which really should be labeled Gym Edition because you could not fit 48 pads in a classroom. In a field with already packed with iDANCE, Move+, iSTEP, BlueFit (now discontinued), HopSports, and Xerdance...Konami jumps in with SmartCard tracking to log steps and most likely MVPA. A great way for teachers and students to be more accountable for the time they spend in PE and PA.

After using iDANCE for the past couple of years, I really like the appropriateness of their songs for schools (click here for a story by Andrew Snide on how he used iDANCE in a local elementary school to great success)  and question the use popular songs with  suggestive lyrics especially in the trailer they released to the market, http://www.gametrailers.com/video/debut-trailer-ddr-classroom/729365

So this is exactly what I tell teachers and students that when we choose activities, stories, songs, and topics - we have to make sure that the subject matter and content is developmentally appropriate for the audience.  These are the lyrics to the song that accompanies the Konami trailer video - so you decide if you want to play it during school time as part of your students' Academic Learning Time (ALT)...



Uno, dos, tres

It's been a really really messed up week
Seven days of torture, seven days of bitter
And my girlfriend went and cheated on me
She's a California dime but it's time for me to quit her

La la la, whatever, la la la, it doesn't matter, la la la, oh well, la la la

We're going at it tonight tonight
There's a party on the rooftop top of the world
Tonight tonight and we're dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign
I don't know if I'll make it but watch how good I'll fake it
It's all right, all right, tonight, tonight

I woke up with a strange tattoo
Not sure how I got it, not a dollar in my pocket
And it kinda looks just like you
Mixed with Zach Galifianakis

La la la, whatever, la la la, it doesn't matter, la la la, oh well, la la la

We're going at it tonight tonight
There's a party on the rooftop top of the world
Tonight tonight and we're dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign
I don't know if I'll make it but watch how good I'll fake it
It's all right, all right, tonight, tonight

You got me singing like
Woah, come on, ohh, it doesn't matter, woah, everybody now, ohh

Just don't stop let's keep the beat pumpin'
Keep the beat up, let's drop the beat down
It's my party dance if I want to
We can get crazy let it all out

Just don't stop let's keep the beat pumpin'
Keep the beat up, let's drop the beat down
It's my party dance if I want to
We can get crazy let it all out

It's you and me and were runnin this town
And it's me and you and we're shakin the ground
And ain't nobody gonna tell us to go cause this is our show

Everybody
Woah, come on, ohh, all you animals
Woah, let me hear you now, ohh

Tonight tonight there's a party on the rooftop top of the world
Tonight tonight and we're dancing on the edge of the Hollywood sign
I don't know if I'll make it but watch how good I'll fake it
It's all right, all right, tonight, tonight
It's all right, all right, tonight, tonight
Yeah it's all right, all right, tonight, tonight

Just singing like
Woah, come on, ohh, all you party people
Woah, all you singletons, ohh (even the white kids)

Just don't stop let's keep the beat pumpin'
Keep the beat up, let's drop the beat down
It's my party dance if I want to
We can get crazy let it all out

Just don't stop let's keep the beat pumpin'
Keep the beat up, let's drop the beat down
It's my party dance if I want to
We can get crazy let it all out

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