Mobile Apps Make Field Trips More Interactive
'Augmented reality' on display at AERA
As districts cope with tightening budgets and testing schedules, field trips often fall by the wayside. But a new generation of field trips may make it easier to integrate curriculum and even assessment into real-world local settings students can explore.
Researchers and educators in a symposium at the American Educational Research Association conference here this month suggested the next generation of field trips may use "augmented reality" to make traditional museum or zoo tours more interactive—or even create a field trip in a neighborhood or empty lot for a school that otherwise could not afford one.
As opposed to virtual reality, in which students use avatars to interact in an online world, augmented reality uses mobile phones and tablets with Internet, GPS, and camera capabilities to overlay information in particular areas. A mobile app may pose questions or trigger virtual conversations and scenarios when a student enters a specific area or takes a picture of...
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