children have so much fun that they don’t even realise they’re learning
Imagine being able to jump into a huge ipad, play games and move ‘virtual’ objects with your hands and feet – That’s what pupils at The Oaks Community Primary School in Ipswich have been doing this week.
The Oaks has been selected as the first school in the country to install a ground-breaking interactive learning tool called WizeFloor. This week, local head teachers and education specialists from the region attended a live demonstration event at The Oaks. They were joined by MP for Ipswich Ben Gummer.
Aimed at 3-11 year olds, this unique system projects an interactive floor space that’s used and controlled just like a touch screen or tablet device. Because it’s super-sized, children can gesture with their arms, legs and feet as they interact and play curriculum focused activities.
“Pupils that have used the Wizefloor have loved it and been thoroughly engaged in their learning” comments head teacher Jeremy Pentreath. “I’m a great believer in ‘learning through play’ and with the WizeFloor children have so much fun that they don’t even realise they’re learning.”
WizeFloor represents over seven years’ research and development by the renowned Alexandra Institute and Solutors in Denmark. It received the Red Dot Design Award as ‘Best-of-Best’ within the category of ‘Educational Products’. The system is now available in the UK for nurseries, primary schools and special education establishments. Its distributed throughout the country by Suffolk based WizeLearning Ltd.
As Managing Director Cameron Wade explains, there are a number of educational and developmental benefits. “WizeFloor promotes memory cognition, kinaesthetic interaction, physical activity, motivation and teamwork, communication and creativity plus interpersonal and social skills.
He continues “It’s so intuitive that children can easily create their own WizeFloor games. New games are saved in ‘the cloud’ which allows access from home. Teachers can also collaborate and share content with colleagues. There’s already an impressive library of content but, as words spreads across the country, this will grow into a phenomenal curriculum focused resource for nursery and primary schools.”
The system consists of a ceiling mounted projector, a Kinect camera, a 4x3m reflective vinyl floor matt, a set of audio speakers, plus an Apple Mac mini with a preloaded bundle of interactive software. It uses advanced gesture control technology and allows multiple users to play simultaneously.
Notes For Editors:
WizeFloor will be exhibiting at Bett Show (Hall/Stand: C525) 22-25 January 2014 at Excel, London. Photos, videos and product downloads are available here:
Bett Show Profile
Live demonstrations will take place throughout the week. To pre-arrange a meeting or to organise an interview please contact Cameron Wade, Managing Director on 01638 563 595 / 07776 198 173. Email email@example.com
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