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Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Posted by Michael on 20 March 2005, 18:23 GMT

TI has designed a rather unique game entitled Classroom Countdown. I really don't know what to say. It's a classroom version of the classic Whack-A-Mole game - only instead of hitting moles, you have students who fall asleep at their desks. Your goal is to use your calculator, presumably as some sort of adrenaline-firing phaser device, to click on the students and keep them all awake. Should you find yourself in a tricky situation, there are four activities that will provide an energy boost to the entire class.

So teachers, go out there and slap your lazy students upside the head with a TI-84 Plus! Just watch out for lawsuits...

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Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Patrick Davidson  Account Info
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Seems that someone is celebrating April Fool's Day a bit early this year...

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:30 GMT

Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Peter Wakefield  Account Info

... and I'm celebrating my birthday today. I saw this game a few weeks ago on TI's site. I must say, it had me confused for a minute.

*crosses fingers and hopes he does get a TI-86 sometime today* :-)

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:38 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Sebastian Schmied Account Info

Happy birthday! :)

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:44 GMT


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Sebastian Schmied Account Info

By the way, it's my grandma's birthday, too. She's 72 now. :D

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 20:20 GMT

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slimey_limey  Account Info
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The 21st would be Ivar Haglund's 100th, were he alive today.

http://www.ivars.net/

Reply to this comment    22 March 2005, 15:44 GMT


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calcvids Account Info
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<lamejoke>
Next year get her a TI-73...
</lamejoke>

Reply to this comment    27 April 2009, 23:46 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Coolv  Account Info
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Mine's on the 23rd.

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 19:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Peter Wakefield  Account Info
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Well, I got it. Now I should start porting Bot Attack. :D

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 21:21 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Timmc Account Info
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Yessss'port it to the TI-80, TI-85/86

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 21:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Shawn Zhang Account Info

TI-80?

Reply to this comment    28 March 2005, 02:20 GMT


Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
korkow Account Info

What the heck was TI smoking when they thought this up?

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 16:43 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
W Hibdon  Account Info
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I don't know, but I am going to e-mail them because I want whatever it is.

-W-

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 19:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Sam Kumar  Account Info
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yea, lol... :D

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 20:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
burntfuse  Account Info
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Exactly what I was thinking...

Reply to this comment    27 March 2005, 21:50 GMT

Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Rodney Blythe  Account Info
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It doesn't look like non-educators can sign up. The game was quite funny though (I got a measly 77%).

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:45 GMT

Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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I got a 92%. I only used the four bonus things in the last round, and the first rounds were pretty easy....

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 00:19 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Ayial Account Info

I got a 82%. I didn't use any of the bonus thingies. I'm still slightly confused about the whole thing... Enter to win a Navigator system? I also can't believe how pricy it is. $4000! yikes. Are they making this open to non-educators? I'm pretty sure if a anyone other than a teach won it, it'd hit ebay pretty quick.. lol

Reply to this comment    22 March 2005, 03:15 GMT


Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Morgan Davies  Account Info
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Rodney, how disgraceful! :-)

My second attempt I scored a 97% average which included a 100% on the last round! Yeah I did use all 4 thingies though!

Reply to this comment    22 March 2005, 18:12 GMT

Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
CajunLuke  Account Info
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It's been on their site for months. It's actually kind of fun.

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:45 GMT

Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Kevin Ouellet  Account Info
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Dude as soon as I started writting this article I thought that Michael V forgot to turn out the border red instead of blue but then I realized that was true O_O

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 18:52 GMT


Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
James Montelongo Account Info

I thought the exact same thing. The site didn't even look all that real.

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 19:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Andy Janata  Account Info
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Well let's look at the whois record for the domain, shall we?

Registrant:
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Robert Rayshell
6500 Chase Oaks Blvd.
MS 8440
Plano, TX 75023
US
+1.2145671125 (FAX) +1.2145675522
63636@whois.gkg.net

Administrative Contact:
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Robert Rayshell
6500 Chase Oaks Blvd.
MS 8440
Plano, TX 75023
US
+1.2145671125 (FAX) +1.2145675522
63636@whois.gkg.net

Technical Contact:
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Robert Rayshell
6500 Chase Oaks Blvd.
MS 8440
Plano, TX 75023
US
+1.2145671125 (FAX) +1.2145675522
63636@whois.gkg.net

Billing Contact
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Robert Rayshell
6500 Chase Oaks Blvd.
MS 8440
Plano, TX 75023
US
+1.2145671125 (FAX) +1.2145675522
63636@whois.gkg.net

Registrar..: gkg.net (http://register.gkg.net/)
Domain Name: TINAVIGATOR.COM
Created on..............: 13-JUL-2001
Expires on..............: 13-JUL-2005
Record last updated on..: 23-JUN-2004
Status..................: ACTIVE

Domain servers in listed order:

NS.TI.COM
NS2.TI.COM

That pretty much proves it's real. Doesn't mean it's not stupid, or even just plain sad. Which it is. -_-

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 19:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Timmc Account Info
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You can make up your contact info for domain names. Most registrars just prefer some form of contact method but wont enforce it unless they've some complaint.

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 06:17 GMT


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BlackThunder  Account Info
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But they're using ti.com's nameservers! Unless ti.com doesn't belong to TI (which I doubt), I think it's official.

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 20:29 GMT


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nicklaszlo Account Info
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Hijacked domain?

Reply to this comment    23 March 2005, 03:14 GMT

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