Students in the Tottori Prefecture and Okinawa today are living every kid’s dream: They’re getting the green light from teachers to break open a Nintendo DSi during class.
Of course, this is all part of an educational initiative put on by telecommunications company NTT in conjunction with The Big N, but the concept is pretty neat nonetheless.
The project is aimed toward children with hearing disabilities — the program the DSi units run will convert a teacher’s lectures into text. Additionally, lessons are stored on a cloud server so children can review lectures at their leisure.
If you’re so inclined, you can check out the original report from Japan’s NHK here. The program may not be the first to use video games as a complement to traditional educational means, but at least it’s not Mario Teaches Typing.