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We are probably going to purchase some Nintendo DS's for use in our Numeracy and literacy groups. This ...
26th February 2008, 10:43 PM #1
We are probably going to purchase some Nintendo DS's for use in our Numeracy and literacy groups. This will be similar to a project that was ran in scotland.
Has any other school tried this using the brain training type games:
Thanks to Sylv3r from:
torledo (26th February 2008)
26th February 2008, 11:02 PM #2
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I've got Dr Kawashima's Brain Training and spent a few weeks getting my Brain Age down to the optimium
Though it's not mathematically based.
There's a list of 20 and a list of 100 sums available for either easy or hard mode (hard has divide and multiply in, easy doesn't)
There's also a triangle type set of sums which involve doing a top row sum, then middle row and writing in the answer.
There's also a few memory games and logic in there... about 1/2 is maths.
I liked it, I believe there is a newer version out which I haven't got around to trying out yet, but I might go grab it and the other one you've mentioned.
I'd say this is a good use of money, as long as they don't get broken. I always did these in school occasionally and hated having to listen to the posh, announciated woman reading out the questions from a tape, plus this way, it's a lot quicker and they could see who can get the fastest time
26th February 2008, 11:16 PM #3
Thanks this is exactly the sort of comment I wanted to hear.
Originally Posted by Lithium
I've found the consoles for £87 each and the games are £14 which I didn't think was too bad. We will probably be looking at 5 or so at first then look to see how successful they are and buy more.
What is the battery life like on them?
26th February 2008, 11:20 PM #4
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only thing is, you have to create profiles. so it would require the students going onto the same DS(or games cart) or require teachers guiding the kids how to delete the old profile and create a new profile.. or a techie hehe
you can also do math multiplayer over wifi. seems a good idea, as said though, as long as they don't get broken!
would love to hear how it all goes!
27th February 2008, 12:17 AM #5
Battery life seems pretty good to me - I've got one, and I think the Brain Training is pretty good.
The only thing with them is if you want to use any of the wifi features, it (annoyingly) doesn't support WPA - only WEP is available.
27th February 2008, 10:27 AM #6
Just from experience at home... they're not very drop proof!
We've had two break here when dropped from a low height on to a hard floor at home
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27th February 2008, 12:26 PM #7
Dare I ask where you found them for that?.. I have a birthday present to buy.
Originally Posted by Sylv3r
27th February 2008, 01:05 PM #8
I can't comment on the Maths Training program you linked to, but I do have Brain Training - it is fun and all, but I'm not sure of the educational benefits (certainly in terms of cost-vs-benefit justification) as it is just low-number addition (e.g. 7+5, 17-8) and remembering your times tables (a struggle for me, as I was never taught them!). Even on "Hard", 56/7 is probably as hard as it gets. The Triangle Maths requires a bit more thought - you are given two sums to perform at first, you then perform another sum on the results to get your answer, without any space for workings; e.g. 4+6 and 3+4, 4+6=10 3+4=7, add those together for an answer of 17.
In terms of literacy, there is a speed reading thing (far too easy to cheat without supervision) and a syllable counting thing.
Maths Training might be better, but IMHO Brain Training would serve as a good reward, but isn't an educational tool.
28th February 2008, 08:09 PM #9
From Misco but that is excluding VAT.
Originally Posted by contink
28th February 2008, 08:12 PM #10
Originally Posted by NickJones
It will be used by our EAL students and students that have poor literacy and numeracy skills as a reward as you have said when they are in our inclusion area. Its not something we anticipate giving one to each student in a class for an hour.
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