By using Kinect for Windows to teach elementary school geometry, one teacher is combining technology, physical activity, and kinesthetic learning to get advanced math concepts across to young students.
Imagine a classroom full of 9 year olds moving around, waving their arms, bending their bodies. But it’s not music or gym class, it’s math. Younger kids learn geometric principles more easily when physical movement is incorporated into the lesson. This is also true of high school students, as assistant professor of mathematics education Carmen Petrick Smith has found.
Smith is producing empirical evidence of what she has observed in her classroom. Her most recent study was published in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, and shows significant gains by elementary schools students who combined movement with a Kinect for Windows math program in understanding angles and angle measurements. Kinect for Windows utilizes a motion sensor that allows interaction with computers based on natural movements.