Augmented Reality as a concept has been around for decades, and as an actual technology for around twenty years. However, the widespread feeling is that AR is the preserve of Hollywood science-fiction and multinational marketing departments, and therefore out-of-reach for us mortals.
This is the first in a series of blogs that will show that this is not the case. We will show that not only is AR now accessible to the ‘man on the street’, but that it can be of practical use.
Furthermore, we will show why schools should break the age-old habit of being years behind technological revolution and why they could, and should, actually be at its vanguard.
Imagine a GCSE History classroom where Babe Ruth and Duke Ellington leap off-the-page at the student studying the social and cultural impact of the Roaring Twenties in the USA. Or the English Literature classroom where videos of Branagh and Olivier delivering their eponymous speeches appear on the page of the twenty year-old Shakespeare books. Meanwhile, down the corridor in a Science lesson 3D models of atoms are too appearing out of a battered textbook.
Well now they can – this is possible, practical and realisable for schools using existing technologies and resources. And what’s more, it is eminently affordable. All that’s needed is an iOS, Android or Windows device and an app that is free at the user-end.
The 30-second video shown above will explain far better than words. The device is pointed at the page and there it is.
The real beauty of this is that it is the schools and teachers themselves who can dictate the content that appears, and that we can do this to textbooks of any age or condition. If you’re not yet convinced, we can make an existing set of textbooks ‘come alive’ for less than the price of a new set of textbooks.
The educational benefits are clear; content becomes visual and interactive (we can set action-buttons onto the videos) and therefore more effective than text and image alone. We can source content ourselves, or the school can choose and provide the content. We will also make it so that student-created video-work can appear on the textbook, enabling peer to peer learning down the generations!!
We ourselves are former teachers who ‘get’ both pedagogy and technology. This is here, it is now. It isn’t something that ‘other people’ are doing, it is what your school could be doing now. Get in touch with us to have a chat about how your school can be at the vanguard of an educational and technological revolution TODAY!!
@newways2learn and @kangarooAR
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