Microsoft is giving primary school kids in South Africa a chance at a real hands-off education. Classrooms at Lakeside Park Primary, in the Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal district (yes, it's a Natal project
) are being equipped with Kinect
cameras and Xbox 360s as part of a Microsoft initiative, in order to encourage English use in the classroom.
"Shy learners, who take months to speak up in class in their mother tongue – let alone in English, were already shouting out to classmates to 'jump' and 'duck' with no inhibition," Lakeside Park Primary Deputy Principal Karen Kirsten explained. According to XboxGaming
, the Kinect and its English-language games are used to reduce the affective filter
involved in learning and speaking English, so it can be better used as the teaching language in the classroom.
As a bonus, it teaches valuable mime skills.