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2008-09-26 13:30:00

Children who play video games on a daily basis may be improving their concentration, behavior and math attainment, according to a Scottish study. Researchers with Learning and Teaching Scotland studied students in 32 schools using the Brain Training from Dr Kawashima game on the Nintendo DS every day.The LTS study served as a follow-up to a pilot study in Dundee last year to see if the results were replicated on a wider scale.During the study, one group of students played the Brain Training...

2008-09-26 12:00:29

By ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT COMPUTER games have been shown to boost maths attainment in a pioneering study in Scottish schools. Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the curriculum development organisation analysed the effect of the educational game Brain Training from Dr Kawashima . In a project involving more than 600 pupils in 32 schools, research by Dundee University found a daily dose of the computer game improved pupils' attainment in maths and their concentration...

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2008-08-29 12:15:00

By Kay Smith Scottish pupils should have access to social networking sites in schools according to a Westminster government and industry adviser. Social networking sites such as Bebo, MySpace, Facebook and You Tube "are vital educational tools which encourage collaboration and learning among pupils, " said Charles Leadbeater, Visiting Fellow to the UK National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts, and adviser to the Department for Education and Skills' Innovations Unit. Leadbeater...

2008-07-02 15:00:14

By ANDREW DENHOLM EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT THE Scottish Government has ordered urgent changes to the country's new science curriculum after a damning assessment by leading scientists. In an interview with The Herald, Fiona Hyslop, the Education Secretary, said published materials for science lessons would be changed following a scathing analysis by the Royal Society of Edinburgh earlier this month. And she pledged specialists would be allowed to influence reform of other areas of the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.