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Video games can make gym class fun again

Once again another great article on using exergames in PE., this one was recently published on Edutopia.  It reports on how teacher Helge Ziazie, who acquired Dance Dance Revolution equipment for Marvin Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles, has been using it with students in gym class. Ziazie says she’s amazed by how much the DDR system has transformed her students’ attitudes toward exercise. She further reports that every morning, before she opens the gym at school, there are at least fifty to sixty children already lined up wanting to workout with the DDR equipment. Besides the DDR equipment, Ziazie also purchased free weights, an outdoor climbing wall and stationary bicycles that connect to PlayStation consoles with a $100,000 state grant from the Governor’s Challenge Fitness Program. To accommodate the new equipment, the school emptied out a bungalow on campus, which has officially become its new exercise room. In addition to using the equipment in gym class, Ziazie also opens the gym during the free periods before and after school.

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