Hello and welcome to Jack's Page. To change what the title above does, Click the yellow dot. The title above has been programmed in flash by me. If you have some free time, enjoy my (currently only two) games on my Kongregate account. I enjoy programming games in flash so it would be nice to have people play them. My newest version of the Xeporad "series" is almost done, and I'll finish it soon.

I decided to try to create a 3d flash animation. This is my first as3 project ever.

Science Online Presentation-









To try to collect a "database" of scores, tweet your overall time with the hash tag #scio10game

Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
I will try to evaluate new sources and use them based on how reliable they are.
I will evaluate other people's sources on the credible sources page
I will use many sources for my blog posts and comments
-Accepted:
--http://www.bbc.co.uk/darwin/
--cdc.gov
--http://www.westminster-abbey.org/our-history/people/charles-darwin
--http://darwin-online.org.uk/
--Deadly frog disease can be cured with antibiotics
--Evolution of Influenza
--Giant Jellyfish Newspaper Article
--California Medical Association
-Rejected
--stradivarius violins
--Wikipedia
-Selected Sources that others agree with
--Is Tetris good for the brain (biologynews.net)
--Video games are good for you (ABC science)
--**Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked**
-Two of my sources are written in the past year
--Is Tetris good for the brain (biologynews.net)
--Video games are good for you (ABC science)
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
I will use current and up to date information in my posts and comments
I will attempt to use direct sources and studies
-I am using the studis by Daphne Bavelier, which are direct studies.
-I used the information from these sites in a way that is consolidated and understandable in my post.
--Is Tetris good for the brain (biologynews.net)
--Video games are good for you (ABC science)
--**Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked**
--Bavelier Lab
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
I will make sure that the information that I use is related to what I am saying and is credible.
I will credit the sources that I use in hyperlinks.
I will make sure that pictures I use are either my own or are creative commons
-I have only used approved sources
--Is Tetris good for the brain (biologynews.net)
--Video games are good for you (ABC science)
--**Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked**
--Bavelier Lab
-The source image for my tetris brain is linked and is creative commons for editing and building upon.
-I have linked to my four sources
Publish work that is available for peer-review
I will ask some people to review my post and review theirs in return
I will correct the errors from review and give suggestions on theirs
I will post possibly credible sources on the wiki page and not use them till more people than me think it is credible.
I will post the corrected version with questions for fellow students to answer.
-I've posted sources on credible sources page
--Is Tetris good for the brain (biologynews.net)
--Video games are good for you (ABC science)
--http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/09/26/playing-the-blame-game-video-games-pros-and-cons/
--**Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked**
--Bavelier Lab
-I have posted my game for my blog post on my wiki for people to try.
-I have posted my post on my wiki for people to review
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
I will e-mail a biologist that contributed greatly to the study that I refer to in my post.
I will attempt to have a conversation
I have e-mailed Daphne Bavelier
-did not get a response
I forwarded the message to Miss Baker
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
I will review other people's posts who want them to be reviewed
I will review the credible sources page and comment on every source I can
I will comment on any posts that I feel that I can relate to
-I have reviewed sources (see first box)
-I have tried to keep fellow classmates up to date with what is going on with this project.
-I have reviewed mike's post
-Helped geoffrey find a direct source
Discuss in-class assignments
I will try to relate in class work to my blog post
I will try to relate in-class work to my comments
-I related competition in video games to competitive behavior in my blog post.
Apply creativity to work
I will make either a flash graphic/game based on my post.
I will make an image in photoshop (using only images licensed for editing) and use it in my post.
-I have created a game to show an example of how video games may help reaction times and other things
- I attempted to add a flash API to allow people to see how many people have actually gotten better reaction times
*------^It didn't work, but I tried^------*
--I have instead asked people to post their times in their comments
-I have created a graphic in photoshop using a Creative Commons image from flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveknapik/3440633919/
While you're waiting, please enjoy this nice picture of a flame
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or this video of a goldfish drill team from youtube





Vitamin-G: Video Games and You


Sometime in your life, you have heard rumors that video games are bad for you. If you are a kid, you’re parents have probably told you that hundreds of times. If you’re on the other side of that story, you’ve most likely said it yourself. Well, guess what, the kids were right. It seems that many people, maybe even yourself, believe myths about video games without thinking about possible advantages. Luckily for gaming enthusiasts, these myths have been shot down by many researchers and scientists.

First off, shooting and fighting games don’t directly make you violent, the violence that occurs probably would have happened anyway. People who play violent games were most likely drawn to them for their violence. The games-violence connection is one of the myths that is explained by Henry Jenkins, an MIT professor. Shooting games require an enormous amount of sensory ability and brain function. From knowing how much ammo is in the five or so guns that you switch through to remembering advantage points in a map, the game requires so much thought that it helps train your brain to tackle many tasks at once. Over time, sensory abilities increase in general. After time, reaction time will improve and eventually an ability to isolate important sounds will develop. These are some of the results found in the studies conducted by Daphne Bavelier.

Some people may argue that video games aren’t very expressive. “Why waste your time playing video games?” Just take a look at games that exist today. Games like “Scribblenauts” and “Spore” not only give you freedom get to a goal however you want, but they let you share your ideas with the world. In Scribblenauts, you get to type anything into the Nintendo D.S. and have them appear in game for use. In Spore, you create a species and help it evolve however you want it to. Most games today allow you to create your own levels and share them with others. Only thing about having all of these features is kids really don't want to stop playing. This leads to the antisocial “con” of video games.

Some think that video games are socially isolating. The only socially isolating scenario I can think of is spending hours in a closet playing Pac-Man or Galaga. Playing the same games in an arcade can result in the exact opposite effect. People in an arcade can start up a conversation about their records and short-cuts in H2Overdrive (a boat racing game). Even playing single player games at home can become socially interactive by using forums and other conversational tools on the internet to talk with others. Playing online multiplayer games force players to get into their opponents thoughts. Video games allow people around the world to compete with each other for highscores and virual fame. Competitive behavior makes us want to be better than others, so people start to discuss strategies with others to make the competition tougher. Video games are actually pretty high on the list of socially active activities.



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Playing tetris can be great for the brain
Thanks to daveknapik for the Source Image
Not only is there evidence against every video game myth out there, but there are also studies that prove that video games are good for you. For example, a study was done in Albuquerque by the Mind Research Network that tested the effects of Tetris on a person’s brain. Simply playing Tetris for 30 minutes a day for three months thickened certain areas of the participant’s cortex and increased brain efficiency. MRIs compared the brains of the girls who played Tetris to the control group that didn’t. These MRIs showed thicker cortex in the areas that scientists believe the brain uses to plan complex and coordinated movement, and in the areas that are believed to be used for multisensory integration. This part of the brain organizes the five senses into one understandable and useful arrangement for the brain. Other MRI scans showed that brain efficiency was increased in areas that are often associated with critical thinking, reasoning, language, and processing. It’s unknown whether or not the brain returns back to its original state after not playing the game for an extended amount of time. Based on other brain studies, we can hypothesize that, “Use it or lose it.” For those who haven't seen how intense tetris can get, I have included a video below.




Now for the fun part. You get to play my game below and test your reaction time. The game itself may be pretty short, so the time difference won't be too huge. Just get ready and try not to be distracted. Instructions are in-game.


If all reaction and planning games help the brain develop thicker cortex and increased efficiency, playing this game daily for an extended period of time should cause your general times for answering the questions to decrease. Even if the game isn’t as effective as Tetris, and short time effects of games aren't known, it may still show some results. I just hope you know your division. Being that as a human race, there is still so much about our own brains that we don’t understand; it’s possible that training certain parts of the brain may not help its use in other activities. Studies are being done on whether or not certain effects from video games to the brain can have some real world uses. Daphne Bavelier and her team found that gamers can easily sift through unnecessary visual information. The gained skills can last for months or years. The obvious visual advantages have real world applications, like driving. Playing video games can even stop some of the effects of aging on your vision.

Specific skills are gained from accomplishing certain tasks. The effects of playing games that force you to accomplish multiple tasks at once, like first person shooters, can be completely different than games that isolate the tasks, like puzzle games. The simplest argument for video games is the fact that just using your brain helps it make connections, so playing video games is better for your brain than just sitting around watching a cartoon. Playing complex video games can help in many areas of your life, but even though they are fun, learning a language or playing a sport might have a similar effect.

What were your scores (the change in time, your initial time, and your post-game time) in the game? Based on evidence, should the game and other games in general help your brain make certain connections?
The capacity of the brain to learn and change is known as Plasticity, and it relates a lot to how video games can create and train mental connections. Are there any other activities that change brain Plasticity? If so, what are their effects?
Is there evidence that certain genres of video games are better than other genres at training the brain?



Mike S. I will have my post up here some time tommorrow, as it isn't nearly done and I don't believe we have science tomorrow.
Jackthanks and mine isnt rele done yet either....so do as u want
Hmmm... Its 11:53 and I just finished mine, so review it when you can-I'll check what you have now

Mike S-
Overall great post Jack! All the info is great. You just have to make sure you get all you links in place. Also you might want to use a few more links throughout (just a suggestion though). Jack-No more links (4 is enough) and the links are now functional
The questions are great and aren't opinion based.
Also you do use a Photoshopped image and I'm not exactly sure how you should site that...you should check with Miss Baker on how to site that. Jack- General photoshop "code" says to cite the source image, which I will.
If you can why don't you add a video or two (again a suggestion). Jack-Done and done