The Nintendo DS isn't just fun and games anymore for English-language students at Tokyo's Joshi Gakuen all-girls junior high school. The portable video game console is now being used as a key teaching tool, breaking with traditional Japanese academic methods.

A giggly class of 32 seventh-graders used plastic pens to spell words such as "hamburger" and "cola" on the touch-panel screen--the key feature of the hit gaming console--following an electronic voice from the machine.

It's a sort of high-tech spelling bee. When the students got the spelling right, the word "good" popped up on the screen, and they went on to the


Subscribe to Read More

Are You an Educator?

Get Free online access to all our news and resources