Using the Kinect in the classroom

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Today's entry is an inspirational message of how the Kinect, when used in the classroom can enliven, engage and enrapture the students AND teachers...

The Use of the Kinect in the Classroom


A few months ago a real buzz started on twitter about the use of Microsoft Kinect in the classroom. A few of us started to look at how this wonderful piece of technology could be used to enthuse our learners. Twitter, being the fantastic network that it is helped a few of us discuss the potential of the Kinect in the classroom. It will come as no surprise that the teachers that have been working with the Kinect and looking at the potential it has are all Microsoft Innovative Teachers and it is through the power of Twitter that these teachers have come together to help and support each other to create some fantastic resources for the classroom. Ray Chambers has looked into the depths of what the SDK pack for the Kinect can do. I have spoken with Ray on the phone and via twitter and he has written an excellent guide to set up the Kinect on his blog.

A few months ago Microsoft released the SDK pack for the Kinect. This enables you to create fun, rich learning resources for your classroom.

The Godfather of these Microsoft Innovative Teachers Stuart Ball has written an excellent entry on the Microsoft education blog about how, as teachers we have worked together via twitter to develop these resources. It is true to say that the teachers involved have a passion for the use of technology in the classroom and the idea of using cutting-edge technology to aid their teaching.

I teach at Willows High School in Cardiff and it is fair to say that we have some challenging pupils. I am a firm believer that if children are enjoying what they are doing they won’t want to mess about. Technology plays a huge part in that theory. At home children are playing on their Xbox 360′s or the PlayStation 3′s and when they fail a level the first thing they do is have another go and they don’t give up. By bringing some of this technology into the classroom, hopefully their effort and want to succeed will follow.


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    You know I have noticed in a lot of these classroom demos that they always have to have the computer there.  I wonder if Microsoft will come out with something like a .Net Duino that houses the code and can render it to the Kinect so you don't have to have the computer always there.  That will definitely need to be implemented so it will look a little better in classrooms and presentations.  Perhaps they will make so it just attaches onto the back of the Kinect and has a USB cable to attach to the computer and a outlet for Video output.

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    @Algorithum:perhaps setting your display properties to extend your desktop instead of duplicating it and then dragging the window of the app to the external display will get you what you need. 

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