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{May 23, 2007}   Use your Nintendo DS in class with impunity!

If I was a junior high school student in Yawata City, Kyoto, I would be getting a free Nintendo DS from the Municipal Government.

Mainichi Daily News:

The Yawata Municipal Board of Education has introduced Nintendo DS game consoles in English lessons at junior high schools following tests showing that the devices helped boost students’ English vocabulary.

The education board introduced the consoles in second-year English classes in all four of the city’s municipal junior high schools on Monday.

[ Link to full article ] [ In Japanese ]

The Japanese article makes it more explicit where the funds used to purchase the DS units are coming from:

このため市教委は、国の支援を受けてゲーム機600台を購入。今年度、全中学2年生の英単語学習に導入することにした。

For this reason, the Municipal Board of Education will purchase 600 game consoles with support from the state. It has decided to introduce the consoles for vocabulary acquisition in second-year English classes from this academic year. (Emphasis mine)

See? You learn better when you’re having fun. I always knew that.

[ Via Kotaku ]

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