In Tokyo the Joshi Gakue, an all-girls school, teachers started using DS handhelds in class to help the girls learning English. The DS is only used in class though. They’re nor allowed to take it home with them.
Is this really a good thing to do? I’d say yes, it is. The DS offers really intuitive controls, a good display, ok sound and what’s probably the best about it: It’s cheaper than a pc and easier to store because of it’s small size.
Japan’s educatin ministry allows schools to decide what tools, materials, books or gaming consoles they use, and according to PISA tests the Japanese schools are doing well pretty well in international comparison, ranking among the top 5 in almost every field.
Here’s the whole article where I got that story from: