Ok so now am sitting in the iHub_ as part of the Kenya camp that the evangelizing team is working on right now, So I was searching for a case study that would help the Africans to feel the Impact of kinect in education and how interactive and helpful it is, so I found a case study talking about using Kinect in schools in South Africa to help children learn English using a Kinect based interactive game.

 

Ok so the reason behind this application was that “children are taught English and their local language, Zulu, until the fourth grade, after which they are taught solely in English. Most children at the school—called Lakeside Park Primary school—are poor and have few English-learning resources at home. As a result, literacy acquisition is a real challenge. The language the children spoke when they played (the language spoken during play is a main indicator of how effective language learning is) was not English, but Zulu.

 

"They have no one at home to help them with their homework or to help teach those English," Venter said. "Only 53 percent of children who start schooling in South Africa will finish it, and most of that is a result of poor education in the foundation phase."

 

And the solution was a Kinect game “Venter(Microsoft employee who is the  sponsor of the idea) decided to put together a plan for getting Kinect in classrooms at Lakeside Park Primary school, and each week he and fellow Microsoft employees Curtis Young, Chris Jensen, Rebecca Roedell, Anna Kinney and Frank Chiappone met to put that plan into action.

After the group found internal funding for the project, they procured the hardware and found a way to make sure it would not be stolen from classrooms. They also had an educational expert create a module that would allow the school's teachers to use current Kinect games to create learning opportunities for the children. For example, teachers use the bowling game to boost numeracy skills or build an avatar to teach the English words for parts of the body.

"We also put a measurement system in place so at the end of the year, we will be able to prove the impact that structured gaming has had on the young learners," Venter said. In January, the Kinect sensors and Xbox 360 consoles were installed, and the children started playing. The results were immediate. "One teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience said that the level of interaction she saw in the classroom within the first week would ordinarily take four or five months to achieve," Venter said. "Within the first week, the children were helping each other learn and using English sentences while they played, like saying 'push the ball' while bowling. The benefits of this are just fantastic."

 

And the result was “"a measurement system was used in place so at the end of the year, we will be able to prove the impact that structured gaming has had on the young learners," Venter said. In January, the Kinect sensors and Xbox 360 consoles were installed, and the children started playing. The results were immediate.

"One teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience said that the level of interaction she saw in the classroom within the first week would ordinarily take four or five months to achieve," Venter said. "Within the first week, the children were helping each other learn and using English sentences while they played, like saying 'push the ball' while bowling. The benefits of this are just fantastic."

 

You can find the whole article Here

 

I think this might Be a good motivator for each one of us to start working on something like that in our own country and lets help People to help us :)