Finally got around to writing about a class I worked with a few weeks ago. This was a year 7 group, French class. The teacher wanted to try something different with her class and use a Nintendo Wii with them.
First we rigged up the Wii. There were sockets next to the whiteboard where we could plug in the red/yellow/white video leads in so that the projector would show the image from the Wii on the SMARTboard. We rested the Wii infra red bar on the SMARTboard and held it in place with a blob of blu-tack. In the settings on the Wii we changed the language to French (we also tried this later in Spanish and Italian).
The game we played was Big Brain Academy as that had plenty of scope for following instructions and basic comprehension (more so than Mario Kart!). We set up 4 players on the game – two generic boy and two generic girl avatars. It was easier than trying to create avatars for the whole class. We then played the game in teams – 2 vs 2 at a time, and later 4 vs 4 as time got tight.
While one group were playing at the board, the rest of the class were working on other tasks – including some of them using French Tutor on Nintendo DS’s.
The class really enjoyed playing the games – and they soon began to work out what the different buttons and instructions meant.
If you have access to a Wii in school, do try it out.
If you have done this with a class – let me know how it went in the comments below!