Pwn Up: An Educational Pwn Up

By Andrew Bridgman / September 23, 2013

Every now and then, we get a such big and thorough entry submitted to us, that we have absolutely no choice but to run it as its own very special edition of Pwn Up. This is one of those times.
 
Pwn Up: An Educational Pwn Up
 
I'm a 29 year old whose currently working on his Masters degree in Education. One of my classes happens to be called "Assessment in Education." Basically every other week we have to make up an assessment based on the different styles of teaching and learning (yes, there's 3. There's Cognitive, Psychomotor and Affective). Anyway last week I had to do an assignment where you have to come up with a scoring rubric for a psychomotor activity within your content, but if you couldn't think of anything you could do a rubric on something within your interest. In case your wondering, a psychomotor activity is an activity where the students have to physically perform an act. This could be baking a cake, putting a small engine together or basically anything where they have to perform steps to complete the task. My problem is my content is social studies and most class format involves lectures and discussion. There's not too many activities where you have the students perform steps to complete tasks. Luckily, as I stated the professor said we could do something within our interest, and being a huge dork, I play a lot of video games on my free time. So with that, I came up with a scoring rubric on hooking up the original 8-bit NES to a television. The rubric had steps such as hooking up the RF adapter to the NES/TV, setting the NES to either channel 3 or 4 and finally putting the game in the system and having it up in running. I wasn't sure she'd accept it, but when I got the paper back I received a 100 on the assignment. Now that's thinking outside the box.
 

Student Rubric for hooking up the original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System and getting game running

 

Student name____________________ Evaluator__________________________

 

Date: ___________________ Class Period/Class Block______________________

 

SPO: Given a 30 year old operating 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System and accessories, a HD television set and a NES game cartridge, the student will hook up the NES to the modern day television, select the proper channel source and have the game up and running within 7 minutes. 

 

Directions for use by the evaluator: Please observe the student and in the space provided on the right of the rubric score box, place a 1, 2, 3 or 4 to indicate the level of mastery that the student displayed during the assigned tasks.  

 

Materials: The student will need a 30 year old 8-bit NES, 8-bit NES game cartridge, a 9 volt AC wall adapter, a NES RF adapter and a modern HD television.    

 

Scoring: Points are assigned as follows: Expert=4, Accomplished=3, Novice=2, Unacceptable=1

 

The Student:

 

Element

Expert

Accomplished

Novice

Unacceptable

Score

Connect the NES RF adapter into the proper port in the back of the 8-bit NES

Connected the  RF adapter into the proper port in the back of the 8-bit NES within 30 seconds with no errors

Connected the RF adapter into the proper port in back of the 8 bit NES within 1 minute with no  errors

Connected the RF adapter into the proper port in back of the 8-bit NES within 1 minute with 1 error

 

Could not locate the proper port for the RF adapter in the back of the 8-bit NES

 

 

 

 

Located the antenna input in back of HD TV

Located the antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 30 seconds with no errors

Located the antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 1 minute with no errors

Located the antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 1 minutes with 1 errors

Could not locate the antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV

 

Connects the NES RF adapter into antenna input hook up in back of HD TV

Connected the NES RF adapter into antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 30 seconds with no errors

Connected the NES RF adapter into antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 1 minute with no errors

Connected the NES RF Adapter into antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV within 1 minute with

Could not connect the NES RF adapter into antenna input hook up in back of the HD TV

 

Choose the proper channel source (either channel 3 or 4) using the switch on the back of the 8 bit NES

Located and chose the proper channel source using the switch on the back of the 8-bit NES within 30  seconds with no errors

Located and chose the proper channel source using the switch on the back of the 8-bit NES within 1 minute with no errors

Located and chose the proper channel source using the switch on the back of the 8-bit NES within 1 minute with 1 error

Could not locate the proper channel source switch

 

Connects the 9 volt AC wall adapter into the proper port in back of the 8-bit NES

Connected the 9 volt AC wall adapter into the proper port in back of the 8-bit NES within 30 seconds with no errors

Connected the 9 volt AC wall adapter into the proper port in back of the 8-bit NES within 1 minute with no errors

Connected the 9 volt AC wall adapter into the proper port in back of the 8-bit NES within 1 minute with 1 error

Could not locate the 9 volt AC wall adapter port in the back of the 8-bit NES

 

Element

Expert

Accomplished

Novice

 

Unacceptable

Score

Locates the slot in front of the 8-bit NES and slides game cartridge into slot

Located the slot in front of the 8-bit NES and slides game cartridge into slot within 30 seconds with no errors

Located the slot in front of the 8-bit NES and slides game cartridge into slot within 1 minute with no errors

Located the slot in front of the 8-bit NES and slides game cartridge into slot within 1 minutes with 1 errors

Could not locate slot for game cartridge in front of 8-bit NES for game

 

Turns on the HD TV and switches channel to whatever channel source (either channel 3 or 4) that the 8-bit NES is set to

Turned on the HD TV and switches channel source to the correct input channel that the 8-bit NES is set to within 30 seconds

Turned on the HD TV and switches channel source to the correct input channel that the 8-bit NES is set to within 1 minute with no errors

Turned on the HD TV and switches channel source to the correct input channel that the 8-bit NES is set to within 1 minute with 1 error

Could not locate proper channel

 

Locates power button in front of 8-bit NES, turns on NES and has game screen title displayed

Located the power button in front of the 8-bit NES, turns on the NES and has the game screen title displayed within 30 seconds with no errors

Located the power button in front of the 8-bit NES, turns on the NES and has the game screen title displayed within 1 minute with no errors

Located the power button in front of the 8-bit NES, turns on the NES and has the game screen title displayed within 1 minute with 1 error

Could not locate the power button in front of the 8 bit NES -or-locates power button in front of the 8 bit NES, turns on the NES and nothing happens

 

 

 

Score ___out of 32

 

Mastery Statement: Mastery level performance is 30-32 points. In order to move on to the next assignment, the student needs to obtain a score of at least 25. Any student that performs under a score of 25 will need to redo the project again until they achieve at least a minimum of 25 to proceed onward.

-Eric Z.

 

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