Review of the Studies Using Kinect in Learning Environments of Individuals with Special Needs
As a result of rapid changes and developments in technology that recently started to be used in the field of education, the use of "Kinect" which is one of the latest innovations is increasing in learning environments. The most important feature of Kinect is that sensors detect the body movements and simultaneously project these movements on the screen as commands and consequently provide device and user interaction. This system which detects body movements in three dimensions and operates in a contactless manner has various application areas in the educational environments. Studies indicate that this new technology addressing the hearing, visual and motor skills at the same time have been used in education of individuals with special needs. The purpose of this study is to descriptively examine studies that focus on the use of the Kinect in education and rehabilitation of individuals with special needs. The findings of this study were discussed in accordance with the relevant literature and new suggestions for the use of Kinect with individuals with special needs are highlighted for the researchers and practitioners.
Key Words: Kinect, Individuals with Special Needs, Educational Technologies
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