Friday, February 10, 2012

Help in the Classroom: From a Game System?

Nintendo DS Goodies
(Photo from Flickr user barron)
Can you imagine a classroom in which some kids are encouraged to be looking at their game systems?

Nintendo and a Japanese company, NTT, are working together to make this a reality. The project they are working on will make it possible for deaf students to keep up with a lecture in the classroom. The project "captures instructor speech, converts it to text, and saves it to the cloud while also sending it to devices -- like the DSi." (Joystiq) It's hoped this project will not only help deaf students but also students with learning disabilities and other challenges. I could even see it helping the reading ability of students.

I can just see it now, a teacher asking their students to make sure they all have their game systems ready before beginning a lecture. I know I'd love it if I was a kid!

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