Great news for those interested in using Kinect in learning environments. “When Fish Fly,” a high school Kinect project developed by students and facilitated by educators from different states across the United States, won 1st place at Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington D.C. This year’s forum’s winners were selected from 115 projects around the world, which were narrowed from more than 200,000 applications. The forum was amazing and consisted of key educational leaders, ranging from passionate educators to policy makers.

“When Fish Fly” was developed using the Kinect SDK. All code, art work, and digital media were developed by students. Here’s an overview of the project:

“’When Fish Fly’ is a Kinect game creation project designed to replicate the sights, sounds, history and “sense of place” of Pike Place Fish Market while actively engaging the student design team in the 21stCentury Learning process. The intent of this project is not so much to get other educators to complete a project on this specific location at Pike Place, but more so introduce a way of looking at a new kind of semester long project which increases learning by allowing students to incorporate game design, Xbox 360, Kinect, multimedia technology, gesture-based learning, art, and Computer Science as they collaboratively research, design, and program a game simulation. This concept is intended to be used as a model to be replicated for any location in any city in the world, it is not location specific!

The final product was integrated in different classrooms to engage learners in ways that were once impractical. Conclusively, this serves as a testimony to the future of learning from many different perspectives, ranging from the value of computer science courses to facilitating the renewed classroom model many educators have been advocating for.

The code and executable file may be found here. The students and educators involved would love to see how their work is facilitating education globally. Feel free to modify the code to replicate the sights, sounds, history and “sense of place” of any location – just make sure to share! Please let me know so that this information can be shared and given deserved recognition.

Student Kinect Project “When Fish Fly” Wins 1st Place

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