Game for learning
Stephen Heppell, who previously ran the pioneering Ultralab technology research centre at Anglia Polytechnic University, visited St Columba's Primary earlier this month to observe the impact hand-held console games have had in the classroom.
Through a project with Learning and Teaching Scotland, each morning the P6 class have played a Brain Training game designed by Dr Kawashima, a top brain imaging researcher. The game involves number, word and other puzzles.
Derek Robertson of LTS said: "Professor Heppell has long been an advocate of the computer game as a powerful educational tool. His thoughts and research have helped inform our work.
"As a result, we are now actively exploring and promoting the positive gains that games can offer and how their application can be practically managed by teachers.
"The results of this small-scale project have shown how a targeted and managed use of such a game can help enhance pupil numeracy skills and classroom behaviour."