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Computer game boosts maths scores
October 9, 2008, 8:03 am
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A daily dose of computer games can boost maths attainment, according to a study carried out in Scottish schools.

Learning and Teaching Scotland – the main organization for the development of the curriculum – analyzed the effect of a “”brain training”” game.

It also found improvements in pupils’ concentration and behavior.

The study involved more than 600 pupils in 32 schools across Scotland using the Brain Training from Dr Kawashima game on the Nintendo DS every day.

The project followed a pilot study in Dundee last year.

A group of pupils played the game, which included reading tests, problem-solving exercises and memory puzzles, for 20 minutes at the start of their class for nine weeks. A control group continued their lessons in a more traditional manner.

The pupils were tested at the beginning and then the end of the study.

Researchers found that while all groups had improved their scores, the group using the game had improved by a further 50%.

The time taken to complete the tests also dropped by five minutes, from 18.5 minutes to 13.5 minutes. The improvement in the games group was double that of the control group.

The study involved more than 600 pupils across the country

Less able children were found to be more likely to improve than the highest attainers and almost all pupils had an increased perception of their own ability.

The study also found that it made no difference if the children had the game at home and noted no difference in ability between girls or boys.

It found improvements in absence and lateness in some classes.

Derek Robertson, LTS’s national adviser for emerging technologies and learning, said the results offered the first independent, academic evidence that this type of computer game could improve attainment when used in an educational context.

He said: “”Computer games help flatten out the hierarchy that exists in schools – they are in the domain of the learner as opposed to the domain of the school.

“”This intervention encouraged all children to engage and get success in a different contextual framework; one in which they don’t know their place.””


No Time
October 7, 2008, 12:15 pm
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Now a days I have less timing for posting blog.. As School reopened.. and as I am in class tenth I am busy in learning….

10th STD
October 2, 2008, 7:33 am
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Yesterday I went to DPI Complex, College road, Chennai – 600 006 for buying my 10th question bank book, its a huge que for buying.. I waited for more than a hour, they also sold books for other classes… I hope it will increase day by day so those who want to buy books ther can get it as soon as posible….