Computer games - astounding improvements in numeracy
Here's to you Mr Robertson
Brain Training did more for e-learning than any government campaign or product. It took e-learning mainstream.
The wonderful Derek Robertson has been using this sort of stuff in schools for ages but we now have an excellent piece of research from Learning and Teaching Scotland.
- 600 pupils from 32 schools
- 20 minutes at start of class for nine weeks
- control group did normal class stuff
- pupils tested at start and end of study
Brain Training group:
- 50% better test scores than control!
- 13.5 minutes to do test, control 18.5 minutes
- more improvement in less able kids
- no difference between boys and girls
- reduced absences
- reduced lateness
These results are outstanding. If replicable, they have huge implications in terms of a potential solution for our low numeracy standards.
While Derek is wrong in claiming that this is the, 'first independent, academic evidence that this type of computer game could improve attainment when used in an educational context', it's a damn fine piece of work.
Get these things into primary schools now! Better still, simply encourage parents to buy them for their kids. Perhaps we can see the politicians and educational establishment stop whinging about poor numeracy and doing something simple to solve the problem.