Game for learning

29th June 2007 at 01:00
A well-known educational technology expert has witnessed how pupils at a Dundee school are using computer games to enhance their 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."

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