60% teachers give games gold star

A Mori poll has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of teachers would consider using computer games in the classroom.Of course, they say it’s for educati

A Mori poll has revealed that nearly 60 per cent of teachers would consider using computer games in the classroom.

Of course, they say it’s for educational purposes, but we reckon it’s really for the teachers - without caning and chalkboards, staff room banter just isn’t what it used to be. We predict it won’t be long before teaching staff across the nation become thumb-sore addicts challenging each other to all night gaming binges.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 primary and secondary schools in England and Wales, was commissioned by learning-with-technology pundits NESTA Futurelab and games giant Electronic Arts for the Teaching with Games project.

Apparently, being the ever-practical bunch they are, 91 per cent of the teachers marvelled at the motor-cognitive skills developed by playing mainstream games. To explore the practicalities of using games in schools, the project has three EA titles of choice: The Sims 2 (pictured above), RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and Knights of Honor.

Well, we could have told ‘em gaming was good for you ages ago. We would have chosen something a little more topical for the next generation of bright young minds though. For Citizenship may we suggest the brand new Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 360 and for Physical Education a frequent dose of Fifa 06 – both from the educationally astute EA, naturally.

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