Connected Consoles: Sony UK boss Ray Maguire has told audiences at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London today that "the time is now" to bring games into education.
Rise Edutainment!!!!! But seriously... Clank teaching physics would be too cool! lol
Playstations and PS Moves in schools? Wouldn't have minded that myself when I was younger! On a more serious note (even though surprisingly the article actually does mention that...), here in Ireland schools have been trying to encourage people into the video-game industry for a while now which I found surprising when I was there. There are a huge amount of jobs in that sector at the moment (well, not entirely sure as of right now but there certainly was a year or two ago). Good to see Sony pushing on with this and giving people the chance to do this.
thanks to gow i was actually interested in greek myth and the gods, though i doubt gow games would be used in school. but this is a good idea games be violent but games are books imo
Makes sense and I completely agree. Despite all the nay-sayers and doubters the videogame medium is the medium for the 21st century.
Sony UK boss Ray Maguire has told audiences at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London today that "the time is now" to bring games into education. Maguire told the crowd, "We shouldn't wait too much longer. A collaborative effort is absolutely required, it needs endorsement at the highest level, it needs someone in government to say we will do this." He also advoacted game design a career that should be promoted to young people alongside other professions, "There has to be a public and private partnership. Promote digital content creation as a career choice – it shouldn't be 'I want to be a doctor or a lawyer', it should be 'I want to be game designer' as well." Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was in attendance at Learning Without Frontiers today however Education Minister Michael Gove was absent. Develop are reporting that Vaizey defended Gove's absence by stating ”Michael Gove has met videogame companies and has an open-mind about the games industry." Sony are keen to get PlayStation Move and PSPs into schools as well as using titles like LittleBigPlanet to aid teaching. "We've already started courses for teachers, student side and school side," Maguire said. "We want to hear from schools and local authorities interested in tackling the issues in front of them." Nintendo UK stated earlier today "We do not produce products designed for education." Thanks, GI.
Posting the story in a comment? wut :S
Spose its for those too lazy to click the link. I mean is "clicking" so hard?
Whilst in some ways it would be beneficial I wouldn't really be for it on the curriculum. There's enough colleges and universities that do courses where you can study game design, it's best left to higher education and let secondary focus on core subjects.
I sure hope the government doesn't take this seriously, We already have many kids wasting time playing games while doing horribly in school, the last thing we need is for video games to be brought in to school.
That's just a case of poor parenting.
^^ Exactly that!
I don't think they mean Call of Duty. They were referring to educational games like Mario Teaches Typing, but those are already in schools. They're just not Sony hardware :P
@MarioWarfare, the problem today is after the kids leave school and go home, guess what they do all day? play video games. Now if kids are playing video games at school while learning something, then that would be great because after school they would be more involved in extracurricular activities.
sony could hit up on a really good thing here. by trying to force game design and such things upon school education they could be the first choice for which console to have in the school. now imagine this becoming a reality and gaming becoming a serious lesson and every school up and down the country has a ps3 in the class that everyone see's and plays, it gives them a chance to try an otherwise to expensive system for younger people to try a chance to figure out if they like it or not and put it on there Christmas/birthday lists. and even better people who aren't into games find it good and there first choice will be PlayStation as that's what they played in the classroom. its about time sony really pushed something here and not weak out like there advertisements and marketing.
One Problem, Money. I've seen schools in the UK that don't even have enough funding to fix holes in the ceiling, let alone bring gaming into schools.
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