Posts Tagged ‘education’

Delivering an entire school curriculum through games…will it work?

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

As those of you who read my blog regularly will know, I strongly believe that computer games have an important role to play in education. One school in New York is taking this to the next level by delivering its entire curriculum through four domains, such as ‘Codeworlds’ (a combination of maths and English), and ‘Being, Space and Place’ (English and Social Studies). Each of these comprises a series of games that bring together several skills. An example of these is one in which students play the role of pyramid-builders to learn about engineering, maths, geography and other fields. The programme started last month and it will be very exciting to see how it goes.

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Malaysia cancels English instruction in maths and science

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

According to a report in the International Herald Tribune a few days ago Malaysia has cancelled all English instruction in maths and science. Apparently too many students struggled too much with the language aspect of their courses. An intriguing decision in a world that is moving more and more to instruction in English and not one that will help to put Malaysia in the long term, I’m afraid.