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Students at Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. and at ChicagoQuest School in Chicago can learn about a physics concept, such as velocity, by moving through space themselves, watching their 3D movements represented in instant graphs and equations, and hearing the sound of their actions getting faster.
It’s called “embodied learning,” and it's an emerging field blending learning sciences and human-computer interaction. Their learning lab was created by SMALLab Learning, a company founded by ASU faculty and graduate students.
The teens also study concepts by using their hands and bodies in real 3D space to manipulate images, sounds, text and graphics. In exploring how frequency relates to color, for instance, the students collaborate to control the amount of red, green and blue light mixing in a virtual spotlight by raising and lowering their arms.
Scientists have discovered that nearly all of our experiences are grounded in the body. Physical movements, driven by human-computer interaction, have the potential to transform K-12 learning.
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