Is this the end for interactive whiteboards in the classroom?

Over the last few weeks, 11 startups have begun work on some amazing projects using the Kinect for Windows system, and developing new ways to interface with information, games, devices and computers. You can read more about this, and the background to the projects, on the Next at Microsoft blog. Steve Clayton, who is like…

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Want to know how to programme for Kinect? Buy this book

There are some amazing Kinect projects going on around the world: The Razorfish team are producing some of the best connected retail experiences using Kinect, Surface, Tag and Windows Phone. Read more here. The University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development in Minneapolis is using Kinect to watch children for early signs of autism. Read…

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Using Kinect for Windows with students

Rob Miles, from the University of Hull in the UK, has created a free pack of curriculum material for teachers or others who want to use the Kinect for Windows device within education. It might be for creating an educational application, or because you want to help your students to develop their own applications using…

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Kinect in the classroom – new case studies

Following on from previous posts about Kinect in education, here’s a couple of case study examples of Kinect in education that you may be interested in. Sunset Elementary School At Sunset Elementary School in Colorado, students are using Kinect across the curriculum, to study geography, science, natural history etc. And their teacher reports that she’s…

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Ideas for using Kinect for Windows in education

Kinect – it’s amazing to think what one small sensor could do for teaching and learning. Yesterday I wrote about the education pricing for Kinect for Windows that’s due later in the year, and mentioned some examples of how it might be used in schools, TAFEs and universities. And I also mentioned the KinectEDucation website,…

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Education pricing for Kinect for Windows

I am one of the latest of the 18 million people who’ve bought a Kinect sensor for my Xbox (one of the Microsoft CES announcements – the 18m number, not the fact that I’m a user)  It seems I’m a laggard when it comes to gaming and home entertainment technology, having only just setup my…

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A hint of immersive learning for the future? Behind the doors of Building 99

At the Microsoft campus in Redmond, every building has a number. It makes it easier to find your way around the 100+ buildings that teams work in. In one of those, Building 99, you’ll find part of the Microsoft Research team – who get to experiment on the bleeding edge of technology. Lots of their…

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Using Kinect in the classroom for music teaching

Gareth Ritter, who’s a music teacher from Wales, was one of the teachers who took part in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, in Washington last month. When I met Gareth last year he was talking about the work that he’d been doing with his students, weaving technology throughout his teaching in order to…

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The Kinect Effect – it’s only just starting in education

It’s amazing to think that Kinect is only a year old. It’s set the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer device. And while it started its life as a device for games, it’s now being used by surgeons, teachers, musicians, data analysts for ideas the Kinect’s inventors hadn’t imagined. And here’s a one…

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