The past studies have also looked at the impact of video games, specifically those that require users to dance or play virtual sports games-on children in terms of increasing their energy expenditure.
The team of investigators noted that hundreds of school throughout the U.S., including campuses in West Virginia, has been utilizing video games in their physical education courses.
They hope that these kind of exercise may motivate children to be more physically active and even if they do not enjoy traditional sports. For this project, the researchers specifically looked at the effect of e-games on kids in urban public schools. They said this is the first study to look at the effect of active gaming on African Americans and other minority children in inner cities.
The scientists hired 104 participants who were students at a public school in the District of Columbia.
The researchers observed students, who ranged in age from third to eighth grade, and their response to traditional PE activities and video games such as Dance Dance Revolution and Winds of Orbis: An active Adventures (Orbis).
During the study, the children attended their regularly scheduled P.E. classes but were then also randomly given three 20-minutes sessions of either DDR, Orbis or another regular gym class. For those kids who participated in DDR, they were engaged in dance routines with complicated movements to an electronic dance beat.
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There are 745 public schools in West Virginia serving 280,000 students. Before this program, hundreds of those schools had little or no Internet connectivity. Now all schools will have it, including the 471 schools receiving upgrades and/or being connected for the very first time. And that’s a game-changer for West Virginia, plain and simple.
All public school students are now merely months away from having access to the best of the best classes through the West Virginia Virtual Schools Program. West Virginia students, like their peers nationally, are currently taking courses online that are not offered in their local schools. Some students schedule courses that they are unable to enroll in locally due to scheduling conflicts. Many schools use West Virginia Virtual Schools Program courses when it is impossible to find highly qualified teachers to teach the courses in the local school. More than 250 core and elective courses are available, including many different Advanced Placement courses. The technology is already in place in all but 43 schools, and these schools will be online by March.