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Making it real: exploring the potential of Augmented Reality for teaching primary school science

Kerawalla, Lucinda and Luckin, Rosemary and Seljeflot, Simon and Woolard, Adrian (2006) Making it real: exploring the potential of Augmented Reality for teaching primary school science. Virtual Reality, 10. pp. 163-174. ISSN 1359-4338. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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The use of Augmented Reality (AR) in formal education could prove a key component in future learning environments that are richly populated with a blend of hardware and software applications. However, relatively little is known about the potential of this technology to support teaching and learning with groups of young children in the classroom. Analysis of teacher-child dialogue in a comparative study between use of an AR virtual mirror interface and more traditional science teaching methods for 10-year-old children, revealed that the children using AR were less engaged than those using traditional resources. We suggest four design requirements that need to be considered if AR is to be successfully adopted into classroom practice. These requirements are: flexible content that teachers can adapt to the needs of their children, guided exploration so learning opportunities can be maximised, in a limited time, and attention to the needs of institutional and curricular requirements.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: in press The original publication is available at
Controlled Keywords: ICT and learning, Augmented Reality, educational dialogue, primary classroom, design requirements.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 10:11
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:17
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