Computer game boosts maths scores

The BBC reports that a daily dose of computer games can boost maths attainment, according to a study carried out in Scottish schools.

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

Researchers found that while both groups — the control and experiment group — had improved their scores, the experimental group using the game had improved by a further 50%.

What’s interesting here is that most game literature likes to promote complex games as the vehicle for real learning, but this study shows that even drill-and-practice games help, if improving maths scores is what you want to achieve.

More on the project at Learning and Teaching Scotland.

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