Dance Battles?

Exergameing: the activity of playing video games that involve physical exertion and are thought of as a form of exercise

Just Dance 2018

Just Dance is a game that has been around for years. I personally remember hanging out with my friends and literally playing for hours, going through all the songs over and over again. 2018 is one of the newest games out for Just Dance(obviously) and it has really created a buzz. A lot of users were used to playing the game with the XBOX Kinect, but as of recently, they have been discontinued. Ubisoft, the creator if the game had to come up with something new, and so far its has been working. Although I did not get to actually play this game because I do not own a game system compatible, or the game itself but I did do a ton of research. I am going to break the game down for you below so be sure to check it out!

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Pros:

  • Colorful, attractive graphics
  • General songs that many people know
  • Lyrics and Dance moves are displayed in the corner
  • Kids mode, which makes it more simpler and there is also no winning or losing
  • Routines are well rounded, ranging from easy to challenging
  • Interface is easy to navigate
  • great way to get moving
  • Shows calories that were burned in each dance
  • Many platforms to play on
  • A lot of different modes to play on
  • Controller app on your smartphone

Cons:

  • There is a mode called Unlimited where when you buy the game you get a free 3 month subscription to songs from past games, the drawback being that you have to pay after the 3 months is up
  • Kinect is being discontinued, so there is no for sure way yet to know of the game is going to go back to having to use controllersScreen Shot 2018-12-03 at 8.08.52 PM.png

To me these graphics are great, they are fun and colorful. They are attractive to the eyes of adults and also younger children playing the game. Just Dance 2018 can be played on many systems such as, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch, Wii. Wii U, X-Box One and X-Box 360

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The next game I am going to be reviewing for you all is called Dance Central 3

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Dance Central 3

This is a game I was not familiar with prior to my review, but after doing a ton of research I have learned a lot about it, it has similarities to Just Dance, obviously both being dance games,but it also has a lot of differences. Down below I am going to break down my personal Pros and Cons for you guys to give you a little idea about the game.

Pros:

  • Diverse Playlist, songs from every decade are available for you to dance to
  • Story Mode, where you are a CIA Agent trying to save the world by racking up power moves, this to me gives you a purpose.
  • Multiplayer where you can dance battle your friends
  • Choreograph your own routines
  • Rehearsal Mode if you are new and want to get a look and how things are going to go in the game
  • Easy to track calories

Cons:

  • No Live, which means you cannot play other people from around the world (to me this would be very weird to have someone watch my dance moves, but hey the people want it)
  • I personally was not attracted to the graphics, it looked a little dated to me, kind of reminded me of Grand Theft Auto Graphics
  • Only can use on Kinect, which means this game is only available for the X-Box 360

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MY OPINION:

Personally I am more of a fan of the Just Dance games, they are more appealing to me and I may be biased but I would much rather dance freely than, trying to save the world through dancing…like in Dance central.

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CESS Podcast for Health

This week in class we had to do a podcast about different topics in the health and technology world. My group and I (CESS) made sure that we knew a lot about the topic so that the conversations could just flow. We talked about preventative medicine, new innovations in the digital health world, games for health in reference to the benefits of playing video games and also social media.

Listen below to find out more info!:

 

Creating this podcast was a very good experience in my opinion, to got us talking about all the new things that are coming in the digital health world in 2018 and beyond. I also found myself listening to  lot of other podcasts. I am going to list a couple of my favorites below:

  1. https://megaphone.link/DHT4445549617
    1. Can Wearable Fitness Trackers Help Drive Behavior Change?
      1. Dr. John Moore, focused on wearable devices and their link to behavior change. I found this very interesting and east to listen to. A couple little things that I noticed was that he was a very good speaker, he was easy to listen to and was very enthusiastic about what he was talking about rather than some others I listened to with monotone voices.
  2. https://megaphone.link/DHT9916385335
    1. “Artificial Vision. Real Results.”
      1. This was a very interesting one for me, it focuses in on artificial vision. It talks about a company design of a device called the MyEye2.0 and all of its successes.

 

Group Members:

Sam Duncan

Elianna Sanchez

Sherisse Maloney

Casey Gray

 

Digital Health on the Brink of Successes

4 Reasons Video Games Are Good For Your Health

This article outlines some of the positive aspects that can come from playing video games. Obviously in context of moderation, because sitting playing video games for 6 hours isn’t healthy for you. This article talks about positive impacts that are cognitive, motivational, emotional and social. First person shooter games can enhance accuracy, quicken attention allocation, and increase mental rotation ability. Gamers develop spatial skills that can be compared to people that are in formal courses designed to teach that same skill. There are a lot of games out there that have to do with problem solving, so it only makes sense that gamers develop better problem solving

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skills. As for the motivational tactics, gamers and kids normally keep working on a game, say on story mode to beat the game, no matter how many times they fail they have something in them that makes them want to keep going. “Gaming may be among the most efficient and effective means by which children and youth generate positive feelings.”


 

Wearables, the quantified self and synthetic biology: The Day Before Tomorrow kicks off with a look at health disruptors

This is an article and a video segment that explores things like wearable technologies which I have talked about in my previous blogs. There is an obvious growth in the reaction ship between technology and health. As said before, wearable technology in an extension of individuals and lets them monitor their health while also maintaining it. They also talk about synthetic biology, which is the practice of engineering bacteria on a bid to allow human to do things they are incapable of in their natural state. A quote from the panel session stated that “As human beings we’re not great at doing calculations, but computers are, so we can get them to do calculations in the most easily digestible form for humans. There’s a lot of optimisation that can be done.”

Video Segment below:

 

HOW IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE

In this article, it talks about how the world is getting smaller and smaller and in reference to healthcare, that is true. A claim stated that the world will be short 12.9 million health care workers by 2035. Artificial intelligence could be the solution for this problem by integrating it into apps. AI help with optimizing clinical processes they can check for vitals, and also suggest education for common allergies. With is Doctors are more free for more critical cases. AI can allow for early and precise diagnosis, it can help with prevention which is better than the cure as the saying goes. Something I found very interesting is AI is in the works of trying to find a solution for blindness, diagnose sleep disorders and many other things. As for the future “Currently humans are irreplaceable when it comes to caring for another human. No algorithm is able to empathize with any of its cases. That’s for a human to do! It yet cannot function as a doctor or a nurse on its own, it can only be consulted.”

Know Your Do’s and Don’ts on Social Media

20 Basic Do’s and Don’ts for Digital Citizenship

This article was written by TeachThoughtStaff.

I found this chart very intriguing to me. Even the small things stood out, it was very eye catching and I think that is a good aspect to it to draw people towards it. I like how it brought basic manners used in everyday life to the social media world as “rules”. It is a combined list of Do’s and Don’ts on social media platforms. I am going to share some of my favorites from both sides.

Do’s: Build your own Brand(promote yourself positively), Treat other the way you’d like to be treated(be pleasant and polite), Use proper english(spelling and grammar), Be careful what you share(make sure it is legal, i.e., others retweets).

Don’ts: Dont steal others work(copyrights), Don’t feed the trolls(ignore and report), Don’t just retweet(make your own content).

This is a very beneficial for any person that uses social media. It shows you how you should and should not act online, which could also be applied to offline.

 

University of Michigan Teaches Digital Etiquette to Middle School Students

This article is written by Meghan Borgardus Cortez.

To continue the topic of digital citizenship, I chose this article to reflect on that ties into the first article.

This article is about master’s students from University of Michigan that teach middle schooler in Ann Arbor how to be safe and treat each other online. Digital citizenship is a key role in the first step to improving cybersecurity. If these children learn how to treat each other online and learn about these new things then they are less susceptible to being a victim or being the person cyberbullying.

This program teaches kids about privacy, security, phishing, copyright infringement, online reputation and cyberbullying. I am sure that at some point in everyones life someone instills in our minds that whatever you put online will stay on there forever no matter if you delete it or not. I think that this program is an amazing thing to teach young kids about this and show them the right thing to do online and how to be safe.

This article goes hand in hand with the Do’s and Don’ts article and I think that this is a very interning topic that a lot of people don’t think can be taught.

 

Straying away from the above topics, another I found interesting is wearable technology.WearablesStatsImage_1be205394ef7

Checking your vitals: Wearable technology is changing the way we monitor health

This article is written by Angela Haggerty.

It is no surprise that in today’s world mobile technology has changed the way we interact with each other. Wearable devices such as Apple Watches, FitBits, Garmin etc… are becoming very popular for many reason. They allow us to track our health in areas such as measuring exercise, heart rate, calorie intake and also keep close watch on someone’s vitals.

I think that wearable devices are such smart invention. They are for the sole purpose of mining health, reaching your goals and preventing problems. People are so accustomed to typing in their symptoms on google and then results come up with such things like cancer and then it freaks you out(I have done this before). This in no way is a substitute for a professional opinion, but wearing one of these can help you keep track of yourself and maybe if something isn’t going right, it will push you to see medical help.

I have always wanted an Apple Watch and when I finally get one I am very excited to be able to have that technology to keep track of myself and goals right at my wrist.

 

 

https://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/11/12/checking-your-vitals-wearable-technology-changing-way-we-monitor-health

https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2016/12/university-michigan-teaches-digital-etiquette-middle-school-students

https://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/20-basic-rules-for-digital-citizenship/?_escaped_fragment_=dxHogC