Videogames are often in the media, portrayed as terrible instruments of death that teach kids how to maim, murder and be generally reprehensible, emotionless husks. It’s not very often that they’re portrayed as potential learning tools, something Sony and Media Molecule are trying to remedy with the future release of their â€œTeacher packâ€ for their amazing play.create.share title LittleBigPlanet 2.
“The pack will be a really useful way of starting to track and develop interest and involvement in games-based learning,” said SCEE senior VP Ray Maguire.
â€œWe are going to be creating teacher packs where class teachers with a specialist subject knowledge in science, technology, engineering and maths – the stem subjects – create â€˜levels’ with content aligned to their specific age range,â€
According to MCV, the packs will contain levels based on the UK’s national curriculum, and is the beginning of Sony’s push to get PS3’s in to classrooms. “Consoles don’t just play games – they are sophisticated media players,” said Maguire. “There is no reason why you can’t play open standard educational content such as videos, audio and web-based lessons through a games console like the PlayStation 3.”
There will also be lessons for teachers on how Playstation Move can de used for maths and physics classes, a result of its ability to track and predict trajectories and other things I don’t understand.
As somebody who spent many hours playing Math Blaster as a kid, this is something I wholeheartedly approve of – but with local education budgets it’s unlikely to be something that will ever be implemented here. Unless, you know some, sort of greased-palm tender transaction happens.
Source : MCVUK
Last Updated: March 16, 2011