Nintendo DS strikes right note for teaching

My shiny new DS lite

My wife is a maths teacher, and I have a new DS lite. This means that she now has a DS fat, and we can play Brain Training competitions against one another from our single cartridge.

Inspired by a bit of ad-hoc wireless play (during which she soundly thrashed me several times), she took her new DS into school, and set the kids a competition to see who could get the most Brain Training sums correct in the shortest amount of time – using a webcam to project the game as they play onto the whiteboard. Obviously this generated a great amount of excitement and it was sums-a-gogo for the rest of the lesson.

At the end of the lesson she asked the kids to bring in their own DS the next day, if they had one – eight did and they played the competition against one another. Absolute genius. Talk about next-gen classroom interaction and introducing games as a teaching method!

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  1. What an absolutely fabulous idea! It’s given me an idea for a whiteboard game, actually…

    I’m duty bound to link to my company’s website, specifically for the little whiteboard thingamajigs…

    http://awenmedia.com/freebies

    On my list of things to do is upload the Bubblet-inspired game I finished ages ago – I’ll try and remember how to do that later (and how to build a Mac version as well). One day I might even work out a Linux version =)

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