[caption id="attachment_101254" align="alignleft" width="150"] At the University of Michigan, software engineering students this spring designed several Kinect games for children with autism.[/caption]

On-screen, Michael Mendoza's digital avatar stands before a wonderland of cakes and sweets, but his message is all business: "I. Get. Frustrated when people push me and call me—and call me—a teacher's pet!"

In another classroom at Steuart W. Weller Elementary School, nearly an hour's drive west of Washington, D.C., two students stand side-by-side, eyes riveted on a big-screen TV. They jump, duck, and swing their arms in unison, working...

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