First full week back at school… verdict… It was Awesome! I finally had the opportunity to work my magic with the Kinect programs I had made. I made sure the Kinect was set up on my laptop and I brought in the kids. I tried various versions of the quiz with my class including questions about safety in the ICT suite and questions about HTML. Both of the classes were equally engaged. You can see Jake from Lodge Park Technology College in the picture trying out the program.
After the week was over I found the majority of my classes walking through the door asking, “Are you the teacher that uses Kinect?”. It seemed that the word had already got around the school and the students were excited even before I had told them their learning objectives. I found teaching lower level set students to be a lot more fun. Students were picking up difficult HTML and they were having fun on the Kinect. Although they found it funny seeing themselves on the screen they were learning some difficult concepts.
Word has now gotten about the school about the Kinect programs I have done. I have spoke to teachers in English about developing a spelling program for them and I have even spoke to music about developing some sound boards! I am very excited about what is to come from this project!
I would like to give Gareth Ritter a special mention here http://www.askthemusicteacher.co.uk . He has been doing similar things in his school in Cardiff and has had similar results. You will be able to see one of his students Corey Whittle trying out my Kinect Quiz and he has adapted it to use it with his year 7 music club. He also managed to use my Kinect Keyboard as well and you can hear his version of “when the saints”. Gareth has been doing similar things in his school and has had great success with the Kinect. Students have been using the Kinect with Bing Maps and they have even used it for presenting PowerPoints.
Another shout out goes to Jimmy Edwards at Saltash.net community school in cornwall. He has been doing some fantastic work with his students and has been developing a project which looks into the use of the Kinect in other areas of the Curriculum. You can check his blog out at : http://techlemur.wordpress.com/ You can see some great videos which show even 2 year olds using the Kinect! How Rad!!
One person who has some great idea’s who I am looking forward to working with in the future is Alessio Bernardelli. He has come up with some fantastic ideas for science and I’m looking forward to seeing what can be made from future communication. Have a read of his blog at http://alessiobernardelli.wordpress.com . He has some fantastic ideas and if you’re a keen Kinect enthusiast he’s your man!
From reading all of these blogs you will find that we all agree that the Kinect is the best investment we have all made. We have found that students are more engaged and the buzz surrounding the progress of this is surreal. I can’t wait to see future developments!