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Majority of schools think games consoles aid education

Research shows three-quarters believe access to "educational consoles" such as DS is beneficial

Research conducted by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found that the majority of schools think that access to games consoles is beneficial to primary children's education.

In a survey of 406 primary schools carried out to determine attitudes to technologies such as games consoles, phones and computers, it was found that three quarters of teachers thought that home access to educational games consoles such as the Nintendo DS could be helpful to a child's educational development.

Internet access at home was identified as the most beneficial technology however, while access to mobile phones split opinion with 39 per cent saying that children shouldn't have access to their own phone outside of school and 29 per cent saying an ideal situation would be all children having access to a mobile.

However teachers were found to be happier with pupils having a mobile games console rather than a mobile phone.

Most schools surveyed said that children's preference for technology both at home and at school was evolving quickly and the majority said they thought netbooks and smartphones would be more popular with children than desktop and laptop computers by 2015.

In terms of computer use at home, 64 per cent of schools said they provided teacher-directed homework that required computer resources. Just one quarter of respondents said they believed the majority of pupils use computers for entertainment and social networking exclusively, instead of for educational purposes.

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David Room11 years ago
As a student who left school last year I know first hand that games can help with education. For example when I was in some of my maths lessons I was told to go to to do work set for me and to play the maths games in which I could compete with people in my class and across the world. It helped me out a lot and I think that incorporating that style of teaching into kid’s education at a young age could be very beneficial.
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Jared Mallia11 years ago
I remember reading a study a couple of weeks back that said that playing video games allows a child to be able to focus on one task very well, for a long time (I'll try to find the link. Google it till then.) Whether or not that can be used to help improve a child's grades in Maths is another story all together.
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Jody Eu Gamer 11 years ago
A site that incorporates gaming with the classroom well is Similar to Mymaths, but the games are better!
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