Every Friday I like to highlight an interesting and/or thought provoking comment from the forum here on the site, and share it with the wider community that reads my blog. Partly because I’m interested in promoting others’ ideas, but mostly because the members of the community here have contributed far more than I ever will to education.
Towards the end of last school year, I brought up the concept of using video games in the classroom. Not just the simple math and reading games that kids play online, but actual video game consoles like the Nintendo Wii or Nintendo DS. For those that aren’t aware, I’m a bit of a video game addict, and am at heart a Nintendo Fanboy. So every so often I like to surf the web using my Nintendo Wii, and the Opera Web Browser that I downloaded for it. Favorite sites are bookmarked, and with a handy on-screen keyboard, I can even participate in forum discussions, make quick posts, or leave a comment on someone’s webpage with my video game console.
I know that Falconphysics has already said that he surfs ocassionally on his Nintendo DS, but I’m curious if anyone else out there is using their consoles or handhelds for regular surfing? Not necessarily in an educational setting, but rather in personal use. With the advent of the iPhone, and it’s ability to access the web via any wifi hotspot, my guess is the number of web surfers on mobile devices will increase tremendously here in the U.S. Couple that with the the ability of many video game consoles going online, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was reading this right now on their television or PSP.