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Moving Bodies to Moving Minds: A Study of the Use of Motion-Based Games in Special Education

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From an embodied learning perspective, the active human body can alter the function of the brain and therefore, the cognitive process. In this work, children’s activity using motion-based technology is framed as an example of embodied learning. The present investigation focuses on the use of a series of Kinect-based educational games by 31 elementary students with special educational needs in mainstream schools, during a five-month intervention study. Results based on psychometric pre-post testing in conjunction with games-usage analytics, a student attitudinal scale, teachers’ reflection notes and teacher interviews, demonstrated the positive impact of the games on children’s short-term memory skills and emotional stage. Overall, the study improves our understanding of embodied learning via motion-based technology in teaching and learning with children with special educational needs.

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Co-funded by the Erasmus+ program (2017-1-CY01-KA201-026733) of the European Union.

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Kosmas, P., Ioannou, A. & Retalis, S. Moving Bodies to Moving Minds: A Study of the Use of Motion-Based Games in Special Education. TechTrends 62, 594–601 (2018).

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