Consolarium: games-based learning to boost performance
Oor Derek, my Learning and Teaching Scotland colleague who kick-started the Consolarium 18 months ago, had a whirlwind tour of the BBC's morning television and radio shows last Friday. Quote of the day for me from Derek: "Good teachers use good resources".
I've brought a few of the clips together for those of you who couldn't make it up for 6.20am, which provide some more details of the next big project we are planning at LTS: placing 500 Nintendo DSes into 16 schools across the country as part of a research project. We hope to find out if the results of our small project last year, where attainment and self-confidence benefited from short daily sessions with Dr Kawashima's Brain Training, can be maintained across so many different schools across the country.
Unfortunately, it would seem that the various 'couch opponents' the Beeb brought on to discuss the project hadn't actually had time to read up on why we are pursuing this. It's not about replacing the teacher, as Derek says, but it is about seeing the potential in yet another resource. That, it has to be said, is what all new technology work is about which leaves most 'opponents' to change of this nature with a rather shaky leg to stand on.
All rights on this video: BBC. ©BBC 2008.
Find another clip from later that morning here.