REDMOND, Wash., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive learning is key to motivating and engaging students in today's technologically advanced world. Given the digital nature of students' lives, including their avid interest in playing video games, more and more educators are using immersive and game-based learning approaches to help students develop critical 21st century skills.
In classrooms around the country, teachers incorporating Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 into their lesson plans are reporting tangible improvements in student engagement and learning. Kinect systems are being used as part of pilot programs underway in the Los Angeles Unified School District ( California), Chicago Public Schools ( Illinois), Houston Independent School District ( Texas), Scottsdale Unified School District ( Arizona), Flagstaff Unified School District ( Arizona), Fairfax County Public Schools ( Virginia) and Loudoun County Public Schools ( Virginia).
"As educators, we are always looking for the best ways to help our students learn and retain the knowledge and skills they need in life," said Adina Popa, technology resource teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia. "We know student engagement is a key factor in that, and with a tool like Kinect, we are able to strengthen our curriculum while engaging our students, making learning more effective and more fun."When Microsoft Corp. launched Kinect worldwide in 2010, the controller-free gaming and entertainment system became a phenomenon overnight. Originally designed for the living room, Kinect has inspired a diverse group of hobbyists and academics to take advantage of the Kinect for Windows SDK to develop exciting educational applications and teachers to bring existing Kinect games into their classrooms to supplement their curricula. Educators are enhancing traditional lessons plans, special education, physical education, school communications and collaboration, and after-school programs with immersive full-body experiences that help students get engaged in learning, stay on task, and inspire creativity and camaraderie with peers.
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