Nintendo DS for Education?
Seeing this young girl use a Nintendo DS to watch and interact with the events at last January’s National Western Stock Show in Denver got me thinking about the merits of using the DS, or a similar device, for mobile education. Its linking technology easily allows for chatrooms to be created and in these virtual discussion spaces the device excels. To emphasize this, I’ll reference a Wall Street Journal article from a few years back wherein the WSJ investigated DS usage within Japanese classrooms and found its educational applications relevant and worthwhile. Furthermore, the broader DS community has done some interesting things in hacking the device and opening up the OS for development and building educational or so called “edutainment” modules.
What do you think? Is the DS, or a similar handheld platform, a viable vehicle for educational content, testing, and fostering discussion? What about in the developing world?