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Nintendo DS Consoles Introduced To Classrooms

Ever since I learned more than 1,500 schools are using Dance Dance Revolution to help combat obesity in youth I've become obsessed with video game industry news. Today, I read that a school in Tokyo has introduced Nintendo DS game consoles in English lessons at junior high schools following tests showing that the devices helped boost students' English vocabulary. I am starting to think I was born a few decades too soon.

Apparently, when Nintendo DS consoles were handed to third-year junior high school students as part of an experiment using English vocabulary training software, the students' English vocabulary increased by an average of about 40 percent over five months. Here's more:

To investigate the software's effectiveness, officials gave it to 49 students at a junior high school in the city, and split them into two groups, who played it on Nintendo DS consoles for about 10 minutes at the beginning of lessons. When one group of 24 students used the software, their vocabulary increased from an average of 1,025 words to 1,386 words, a 35.2 percent rise. Another group of 25 students went from an average of 1,013 words to 1,436 words, a 41.8 percent increase.

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projectbleu projectbleu 9 years
I know I'm way late in this but I too loved this skin and after the most convoluted search EVER I think I might have found the company. I can't see that exact skin, but the rest are pretty similar: http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/analostyle/brand/el1.htm No clue what any of these pages say though. You're on your own for that one!
deepthoughtsx182 deepthoughtsx182 10 years
I think thats a great idea, although kind of sad that today's youth must be tricked into learning by means of a video game but *shrug* whatever works. =]
Rebob Rebob 10 years
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colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
And people think video games rot your brain. Psh.
blufairy19 blufairy19 10 years
Gotta have that skin, too! Anyone find out where to get it yet??
selenasuha selenasuha 10 years
My daughter's math skills improved greatly when I bought her Brain Age for her DS. It got my brain going too. I think this is a great idea!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I wish I would have had cool stuff like that in school!
smarler smarler 10 years
But they're using a software designed to teach English, not just some random game. So the results would probably be the same using the software on any platform, right?
mysteroosh mysteroosh 10 years
coolness.! and pretty!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Hmm maybe I should try that as my English didn't seem so great there...
jhuck jhuck 10 years
What kind of games are they playing that can have that great and effect on vocabulary?
licia licia 10 years
Haha, I agree with Jenn, I want that skin too. It's purty! That is good idea though. I'm sure any kid would rather learn by playing games than reading a text book! I know I would have ;)
jenn-jenn38996 jenn-jenn38996 10 years
wow that is the most amazing ds skin I have ever seen! I have to have it, I tried to go to the source but I can't seen to find it on the website, anyone know if it's available online?
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