School community, curriculum and instruction, and administrative tasks/leadership represent the framework of most schools. Periodically throughout the year, school leaders and education practitioners reflect on best practices and build their effectiveness in each domain by adding or modifying their game plans respective to each three. While well-intended and making great strides, the scope of change within each domain is usually isolated and there simply isn’t enough time make everything on the list a reality. But on occasion, we do find something capable of being leveraged for gain in all three domains. I believe the Kinect will serve as an instrument of mass appeal and change for teachers, administrators, students, and parents.
The videos and examples below serve as a testimony to how Kinect technology will be a game-changer in the field of education. For more examples, visit 9 Incredible Developments for Kinect in Education.
Commercial Software & Games
Software that makes it to the shelves has been tested to work, is easy to use, and instruction can be creatively adapted to the game. This is an exciting area of development; more details and links to come, soon.
Microsoft’s South Africa team integrating Kinect in classrooms
“No more monologue by the teacher aimed at the students who don’t retain half of what they hear. No more boredom in the classroom… “Language is no longer the barrier; physical impairment is no longer a shortcoming. Interactive schooling is the way of the future.”
Avatar Kinect in Action
Kinect Physics Interaction Demo
School walls virtually become nonexistent with software like this; this has definite implications across all grade-levels and content areas.
From Microsoft Robotics Website: “There has been tremendous excitement with Microsoft Kinect within the robotics space signaling the potential opportunities that exist in transforming robots to low-cost mainstream consumer devices. RDS4 beta, with support from the Kinect sensor, aims to make it easier for developers to build applications, including those directed at personal robotics and consumer scenarios, both in hardware and in simulation.”
The download link and more information about the beta version of Robotics Developer Studio can be found on Microsoft Robotics’ website.
Anatomy & Science
Clearly, this has implications in the medical industry. Why not bring it to the classroom to immerse kids pursuing the medical field?
Immersive “Mobile” Learning
Taking gesture-based learning on-the-go is tangible with this solution:
Interactive Lighting – Cut Down on Electricity Costs
This solution would cut down on unnecessary electrical costs. Many schools already have motion-sensing switches, but this solution would work well for those that don’t and for new construction.
A $149 touchscreen?
I envision software like this being used to transform presentations into interactive teaching and learning experiences.
If you’re already making podcasts for your students, why leverage your time by recording video of yourself? Many kids are visual learners and this would tap into their style of learning. This doesn’t work like your standard webcam; Nuvixa StagePresence actually replaces your physical background and augments you into your presentation. Check out Nuvixa’s website for more information and a download link. This is my video demonstration:
Community of Kinect Apps for Education
KinectEDucation is sponsoring a contest that will award two $500 prizes for Kinect developments and videos demonstrating Kinect use in their learning environment. A few contributed developments can be found in the links below. Check out the Kinect Apps for Education downloads and forums to see what’s new.
Keyboard Piano also by Ray Chambers
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