The Kinect Effect in Education

As a gamer and someone who’s excited about the potential for gamification in education and the way in which we can apply incentives and other features of gaming to the learning process, I am a huge fan of Kinect. I’m a fan of the opportunities it’s going to open up for new user interfaces, the…

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Kinect in education…open for ideas and exploration with the new SDK

I’ve previously talked about my excitement over games-based learning and natural user interface, and how increasingly Microsoft has invested in exploring how these areas can make a difference in education. Since its release, there has been tremendous enthusiasm and fascination about Kinect as not only a tool to help navigation and interaction, but to help…

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Visiting one of Singapore’s most innovative schools

When I traveled to Singapore the other month and I had the chance to visit Nan Chiau Primary School and join the school’s celebration for the launch of My Cloud. My Cloud is a project in partnership with Microsoft Research in Beijing where Nan Chiau is providing access to Chinese-based learning environments for Chinese character,…

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Microsoft donates PhotoDNA technology to make the Internet safer for kids

As a technology vendor and industry leader, we take very seriously the responsibility of helping make the Internet safer for everyone. For schools, Microsoft supports mandatory online safety education…which safety experts say is the top way to reduce the risks children face on the Internet…and we provide resources for public officials, teachers and others. Over…

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Integrating Kodu and gaming into the classroom

Being a gamer myself, I’ve always been attuned to the potential for gaming to become more than just an entertainment device. I think leveraging video games in the classroom can not only stimulate thinking and help develop problem solving and logic skills, but also inspire and excite kids about learning. That’s why I’m thrilled Kodu…

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Beyond Bing...Search and Productivity

Microsoft’s announcement of Bing (www.bing.com) has certainly garnered some attention and excitement.  There’s a lot of investment and focus on improving the core search experience for Internet users, and we do have a long way to go to make search results more personal, concise, predictive, and accessible.  Bing is a big step in the right…

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