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Special Education Teacher, Missouri

I am currently student

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I am currently student teaching in a district autism room and I think that the use of a Kinect in the classroom is a great idea! We use many different game based learning strategies with our students because it is of great interest to them. I think that the use of a Kinect would be extremely motivating to the students and would have great benefits for overall performance in the classroom. My students are constantly wanting to get up and move around and I think that this would be a great way to allow structured movement within the classroom. This would also be a great motivator for my students to get their work done so that they could enjoy playing games on the connect for choice time.

How is this going to work in

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How is this going to work in the classroom? Is this a great idea to get student more interested in learning or is it stupid idea? In my opinion it not the best way because students could take advantage of it and think of it as a game.

Gaming is a great tool to get

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Gaming is a great tool to get students actively involved in all subjects. Students of today are so technology driven, therefore, anything that involves playing a game usually gets their interest. As a PE coach, many times I have allowed students to play a game with the dance moves, which is getting exercise in, while the students are still enjoying playing the game. Students lack motivation to do regular exercise, so letting them incorporate game playing in exercise, they are eager to get involved.

4th grade gen ed teacher from Philadelphia suburb

Excuse my ignorance on the

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Excuse my ignorance on the subject, but I have never heard of this. I am intrigued by this idea! One question though: how is this different than having a smart board or just playing "regular" games.

Adapted Physcial Education Norfolk VA

I am so glad to see other

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I am so glad to see other educators using game based learning, I am an adapted Physical Education teacher and have been working with classroom teachers to use interactive gaming. I have collaborated with peers to created thematic units based around games to make learning fun and realistic. It was a lot of fun making it and seeing the reaction of the students.
I currently use PS2 "eyetoy", wii, and have a few switch games. In regards to the cost of games and ways to get cheaper games, I have worked closely with my local GameStop and explained to them who I was a how I planned on using the games. In doing this, the guys at the store have helped me out with information on games, cost and returns.
I would love to know what games you use for the kinect and if you use other gaming consoles and games

first-second grade teacher from Craig, Colorado

I use Kinect in my first and

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I use Kinect in my first and second grades. This year we are experimenting with Avatar Kinect. Here is an example: http://secondgradejoy.posterous.com/fall-poetry
and another: http://secondgradejoy.posterous.com/all-about-sheep-in-nw-colorado

I am a gifted specialist for

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I am a gifted specialist for a K-5 school. Do you know of any situations where Kinect was used with the younger kids in a school setting? Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

Director of Teaching and Learning at Appleseeds Academy

Great tool for gaming.

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Great tool for gaming. Really enjoyed the article! Thanks

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