How to learn remotely using your console

How can you use a video game console to access educational material if you don't have a laptop...
21 January 2021

Interview with 

Dr Chris Headleand, University of Lincoln

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Dr Chris Headleand from the University of Lincoln talks us through accessing learning resources via your games console.

Chris H - If you don’t have a laptop to spare, or you have two kids and only one computer, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can access learning materials through the PlayStation and Xbox, and it’s a lot easier than you might think!

First of all you need to connect your console to the internet. This can either be done by plugging in the ethernet cable to the back… or by connecting through wifi.

Once you’ve connected, you need to head to a browser on the console, so that you can access the learning materials that you need.

On the Playstation look for an app with the letters “www” and that should take you to an internet browser.

On the Xbox… go to 'My Games and Apps' and then scroll down to 'Apps'. Under your apps you should see one that has a white 'e' on a blue background (the Microsoft Edge symbol), this is the Xbox's web browser.

If you don't want to use your console’s controller, because let’s face it… it takes a long time to type anything… plug in a USB keyboard and mouse into the ports on the front or back of the console and they should immediately be picked up.

Now you’re ready to go, and you can use your Xbox or Playstation as a way of accessing educational materials… happy learning!

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