Tuesday, December 19, 2006


After the battle of the game consoles has started I was wondering if the Wii from Nintendo has some promising potential for learning. With the controller you have to use your whole body/arms.

When we look at different ways we are remembering things, one of the memory types is the physical (bodily-kinesthetic) learning style (see also wikipedia about Kinesthetic learning). You use your body and sense of touch to learn about the world around you.

Would it be possible to use the Wii for more than just gaming? Maybe it would be possible to design some gamebased learning with the Wii? Can it be used e.g. for a course where you have to learn how to use certain physical machine. Or to extinguish a fire. Or....

Why not....put some extra flavour. Also a simulation used by pilots to learn how to fly is using this bodily-kinesthetic learning style to create contextualized, powerful learning.

Update: today Opera and Nintendo announced a webbrowser for the Wii. Download the browser from the site.

Kid using the Wii in a boxing game...what a joy!

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