The Nintendo DS Comes To Class


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Wouldn't it be fun if your school allowed you to do a math or english lesson on a Nintendo DS console instead of a boring workbook? If you go to school in Japan, it may already be a reality - for those of us living elsewhere, we can only hope!

A number of Japanese schools have recently begun testing using the Nintendo DS console with lessons created from actual workbooks to teach English, Math and Japanese to middle school students.

One of the schools that is leading the way in this test program is Tokyo's Joshi Gakuen, an all-girls middle school. Here thirty-two seventh-graders are learning to spell basic English words like 'cola' and 'hamburger', using the Nintendo-DS. When the girls get it right, the screen beeps 'good' at them and first five girls who complete the lessons correctly, are awarded colorful stickers.

The teacher says that the girls are showing real progress in a language that has traditionally been very tough to teach. Other Japanese schools are using the DS to teach Math and Japanese. Despite the fact that no games are allowed and the consoles are collected as soon as the lessons are done, students seem to be really enjoying this new and fun way of learning.

Since schools in Japan have full autonomy of how they teach the curriculum, this may never be widely adopted, especially give that most teachers and parent are a little skeptical (doubtful) about how you can learn while having fun. To us, it seems like the way things ought to be taught in the 21st Century - What do you think? Be sure to add your comments below.


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  • gold3nglare
    gold3nglareWednesday, December 2, 2020 at 6:18 am
    Me in 2020: Please. That's nothing compared to my NINTENDO SWITCH LITE! Somebody in 3060: Please. That's nothing compared to my NINTENDO POWERED HOUSE!
    • OoooooohMonday, June 17, 2019 at 10:53 am
      • GuestMonday, May 20, 2019 at 9:20 am
        • LunarMonday, April 22, 2019 at 7:40 am
          my school actally lets us research them.
          • Angel Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 9:50 am
            I have a DS but I don’t play it anymore since I have a New 2DSXL and a Nintendo Switch :(
            • JesslynTuesday, February 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm
              i would love that
              • android7
                android7Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 12:41 pm
                ME: can I bring my Nintendo Switch to class? TEACHER: no ME: kids in Japan get to play the Nintendo DS in class TEACHER: still no ME: ;-;
                • supersmashbros
                  supersmashbrosTuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm
                  It would be cool if I have Nintendo.
                  • Sad PersonWednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10:06 am
                    i wish that my school did that! New Jersey is boring
                    • Big BucksThursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm
                      Our school doesn't need those because in this school in LOS VEGAS we learn using minecraft