# Using a Wii in the classroom

Discussion in 'Primary' started by peppermint25, Dec 15, 2011.

1. ### peppermint25New commenter

Hello!

I was wondering if anyone has had any experiences of using the Wii console as a vehicle for learning across the curriculum - to hook, engage and enrich the learning experience. Do any of you have it or use it? What do think about using a console in the classroom. If you do use it how do you integrate it into the curriculum?

I currently use a lot of ICT within the classroom and have began to think about the wealth of possibilities for the Wii. In particular, for our topic coming up on the Olympics I could use Mario London Olympics 2012 as a stimulus and context for learning.

Thank you, any suggestions or opinions would be very much appreciated

Anyone?

3. ### lorraryall

Haven't used one myself but would love to.
Lots of ideas on www.ideastoinspire.co.uk

4. ### katycat

Hi, I've used the Wii before with Yr4/5 to work on fractions. We used the ten-pin bowling game and worked out the fraction knocked over / left standing. Easy to differentiate as higher abilities can be changing it into decimal, finding lowest equivalent fraction (if possible) or converting into hundredths etc. I like the idea about using it to link with the Olympics so will definitely look at some possibilities within those games - perhaps converting the race times, calculating the differences between distances thrown or working out additional distances needed to get to a certain point for throwing sports?

5. ### taylz3

have a look on Tim Rylands website lots of ideas of how to use a Wii in class, im hoping to use it this term for a topic on African Safari with lots of chances for literacy!

6. ### peppermint25New commenter

Thank you for all these wonderful ideas! They have given me lots of food for thought. I think I will have to firstly get myself knowledgeable with the games and then gage their potential in the classroom. I like the idea of using African Safari and Endless Ocean. Many thanks!

7. ### Oxfordteacher

I haven't used the Wii in school but I imagine the children would enjoy it!

8. ### daenarys

There's a great puzzle Wii game called Zack and Wiki with an accompanying storyline that encourages reading for a purpose -- I use it with my 9yr old who is deaf as he needs lots of motivation to read. I think someone's already mentioned it but there's also an archery component to the Wii Sports Resort game that involves distance and wind calculations. I'm pretty sure there's a Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? for Wii as well which might be fun for geography.