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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?
Jason Malinowski  Account Info

I swear the boys are falling asleep faster than the girls. I do sense an incoming lawsuit!!!

Actually the most challenging part is living with the horribly laggy flash cursor. If it was just a standard system cursor, this would be even easier. :-)

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 19:48 GMT

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

Perhaps the teacher is a handsome one :)

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


Re: Re: Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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Also, I think there's more boys than girls, and...if I remember correctly...there aren't any white girls...

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


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anykey  Account Info
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And what about disabled kids?!
*calls lawyer*

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 01:42 GMT


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Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Americans... *sigh*

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 19:13 GMT

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anykey  Account Info
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The funny thing is that ALL textbooks have to show an even number of boys, girls, and a little of each race, all wearing plain colored clothing.
What has this world come to?!

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 22:46 GMT

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Rob van Wijk  Account Info

A while ago I read somewhere a Dutch company makes a big part of the mathematics textbooks used in the US. Those textbooks aren't too different from the original Dutch versions.
One thing that's different is that all references to junk food and other unhealty things had to be removed (stuff like "I've got $10, each hamburger costs $0,80. How many hamburgers can I buy, and how much money do I have left then?"). We wouldn't wanna suggest to those kids it's a good idea to buy so many hamburgers, now would we...?

Reply to this comment    22 March 2005, 15:14 GMT


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anykey  Account Info
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Mmmmmm...Hamburgers...

Reply to this comment    23 March 2005, 00:00 GMT


}:O>
Marty McNeal Account Info

Did you time that to send it in at 00:00 GMT? What luck!

Reply to this comment    27 March 2005, 22:44 GMT


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korkow Account Info

I know! It's like the textbook companies think they will be able to help predgudece-ness (spelled that wrong!) by having kids look at an asian girl hanging out with multiple other races and sexes (thats a palindrome "sexes") while doing an Algebra II problem.

Reply to this comment    24 March 2005, 05:56 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Exactly. I'm definitely not racist or anything, but things like that seem forced.

Reply to this comment    27 March 2005, 22:00 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Hey, don't blame me, I think they're just as weird as you do. ;-)

Reply to this comment    27 March 2005, 21:52 GMT


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redsoxfan Account Info

I may be wrong, but it seemed to me that the cursor got more laggy as the level increased to make it more difficult.

Reply to this comment    24 March 2005, 18:51 GMT

Calculator-based adrenaline-firing phaser device?
Benjamin Moody  Account Info

Cool! Where can I get one?

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

This is so pathetic
JcN  Account Info
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Okay, the TI developers need to get a life. The only thing about this game that isn't sad or pathetic is the prospect of winning a TI calculator with a high score. Maybe TI would be interested in contracting some developers here for their online games???

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 22:40 GMT

Re: This is so pathetic
Andy Janata  Account Info
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I wholeheartedly agree.

Reply to this comment    20 March 2005, 23:40 GMT

Re: This is so pathetic
Jake Griffin  Account Info
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I don't think the high score wins the calculator...I think that you just enter into the random drawing....

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

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anykey  Account Info
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Well, if they asked someone here to write it, it would end up being more like "Play games in class without getting caught*.
I love that game!

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 01:45 GMT

Re: This is so pathetic
Jason Malinowski  Account Info

I agree. Why can't they put their time to something constructive and fix TI-Connect or the flash debugger or the TI-OS or SOMETHING???? Any improvement would be worth much more than clicking on kids falling asleep.

Reply to this comment    22 March 2005, 15:43 GMT


Re: This is so pathetic
burntfuse  Account Info
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Yes, they do need to get a life (to get lives?). This is seriously one of the lamest games I've ever played in my whole life. It would at least help a little if they called it Whack-A-Student or something, but the whole "click to give individual attention and keep the student interested, or use one of your tools to engage the entire class" thing is stupid beyond belief. At least it's good to laugh at...

Reply to this comment    27 March 2005, 22:03 GMT

Re: Whack A Mole...Err Students?
Paul Houser Account Info
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I saw that a couple weeks ago. Crazy crazy.

Reply to this comment    21 March 2005, 02:33 GMT

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