Nintendo DSi Helps Japanese Students With Disabilities

on January 30, 2012 5:00 PM

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.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.