Can teachers be replaced by computer games?

Brian Lyons working on his project

Brian Lyons working on his project "Are computer games the way forward for teaching maths?"

One brave Longford student has been investigating the possibility of replacing teachers with computer games. His project will be among the hundreds on display at this week’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.

Brian Lyons, a first year student in Lanesboro Community College, decided it was time to see if teachers could actually be replaced by computer games and carried out a number of experiments as part of his research.

In one experiment, Brian got a teacher and a computer game to teach the same maths lesson to two separate groups. At the end of the lesson, students were given a test to see which proved more effective. The teacher, you will be glad to hear, won out.

Two other projects from Lanesboro Community College have also been chosen for the prestigious exhibition, which celebrates its 50th year in 2014.

While his colleague takes on the teaching profession, another Lanesboro student even more bravely decided to challenge the gambling industry. Second year student Will Dennigan has been trying to develop a computer algorithm which will take the guesswork out of gambling. The results of his research will be showcased in Dublin this week.

Finally in Lanesboro, Daniel O’Reilly, third year, has been working on a very topical subject – the perception of iPads in Irish education.

“The anti-alcos”, a project by two Ballymahon Vocational School students, has also been chosen for the event.

Third year students Patrick Farrell and James Gavigan, have been looking at the area of alcohol and alcohol abuse, as well as the drinking habits of teenagers.

The students will travel to Dublin, tomorrow, Wednesday, where they will display their projects. The exhibition continues until Saturday.

For more information on the Longford projects in the exhibition, see this week’s Longford Leader.




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