September 2009

The Wii In Education

For those of you still dubious about the educational uses of the Wii and concerned about obesity in the US, this might scare you.

The University of Houston has started using the Wii in some of its physical education classes. Say what? According to this article, using the Wii can burn calories at a faster rate than sitting on the couch and watching tv (no big surprise there), but not quite as fast as if you are doing something besides playing what is still a video game. The students apparently rank the Wii right up there with having their own personal trainers, which tells me that they more than likely have never been to a personal trainer.