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Augmented Reality in Education

AR seems like a powerful idea - and the number of applications is growing very quickly especially in marketing and service discovery (e.g. hold your phone up to see the nearest petrol station, restaurant, toilet, etc). Ever since the mention of AR (Augmented Reality) here in the Teaching and Learning Centre in 2011, I have been looking to see an example of it being used in a curriculum setting as a teaching and learning strategy. A number of colleagues have begun a research project around this very thing through the AR Studio, you can read more about that here.

Other colleagues are also looking at AR in their own teaching and learning practice, e.g. Felicia Zhang who is a Chinese language teacher. Felicia found an excellent (IMHO) example of AR being used in education - in this case as an aid for teaching Chinese the language: http://www.chinesecubes.com/setinfo

However as Felicia noted at conference (and communicated to the creators in the booth) this system needs a computer and a web cam to work - both functions can be handled by a single slate/tablet computer these days.

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