"Wouldn't it be awesome it we could play video games in school?" they ask each other. It's been a common schoolyard theme since even before the invaders from space blasted their way into arcades everywhere in the early '80s.
The Scholastic Stylus: Nintendo DS in the Classroom, a wonderfully written article by the super attractive and talented Matt, "learning games" like language and math tutors have already been put into use by schools in Ireland and Japan. There's also great potential in implementing Nintendo's hit handheld in special education classrooms worldwide. So while this generation my never get to take up the stylus themselves and knock out a few equations, maybe it'll be common place for their offspring.
Interactive Fiction: The Missing Link has nothing to do with the protagonist of the Zelda series and everything to do with old school text-based adventures like the Zork series. Popular back when computers were lucky to have more than 1 kilobyte of RAM and still prevalent to some extent today, interactive fiction games are all about reading and problem solving, but in a way that puts the player in total control of the outcome; sort of like an electronic Choose Your Own Adventure book. Games like this could be a great way to get reluctant students reading and enjoying it, and prolific readers soaking in even more wordage than before. Besides, I'd take Zork over atrocities like Jane Eyre any day.
Now if you're finished with all this educational stuff, why not take a break and read today's Extra Credit Bonus Link, Another Roadside Tragedy. It's the sad story of a small child, a Happy Meal box, and one extremely ticked off motorist.
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