Mar 8, 2018

Sycamore Students Create Augmented Reality Hallway Museums

Sycamore Creek students create augmented reality museum

If these walls could talk, right?

Well, this month at Sycamore Creek Elementary, they can. And all it takes to make them talk is some help from the mobile application HP Reveal.

Students from second- and third-grade classes at Sycamore Creek Elementary used the free app, which allows users to create their own augmented reality (AR) experiences and build AR Museums in the hallways of their school.

The museum walls are filled with photos the students have programmed to be scanned, with each photo acting like a unique barcode. To make the walls talk, museum visitors must download HP Reveal on a mobile device, scan a photo on the wall with the app’s camera, and watch as a video plays on the screen.

AR technology allows users to access additional information, such as a video, by scanning a coded image. AR is different than virtual reality (VR), which allows users to experience an artificial environment, typically while wearing a pair of VR goggles.

Benjamin Baiocco and Sarah Miller’s second-grade students are showcasing projects and research from Black History Month in their AR Museum.

Students produced video projects about George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Owens, Booker T. Washington, and others. Videos in the museum include students reading a book about famous civil rights activists, students acting out stories, videos from YouTube, and interviews with teachers about their dreams for the world. Many students even had the opportunity to use the school’s blue screen to add backgrounds to their videos.

The most enjoyable part about the project for Baiocco was watching the students create something they could share with the whole building. “The students have been working hard on this the whole month,” Baiocco said. “Now, we get to watch other classrooms enjoy it.”

With research and setup of the AR museum completed, students in other classes can walk through halls with iPads and watch videos about civil rights activists, George Washington Carver’s inventions, and more.

“The student engagement was incredible, from start to finish,” Miller said. This project allows students to see their work come to life and they get to watch other students get excited about what they see in the museum.

“We’re getting comments from other teachers about how engaged their students are. And that’s pretty awesome,” said Miller.

Baiocco and Miller’s classes are also creating a mobile museum binder to hold copies all of the scanned projects for students to showcase at home.

Matthew Hentemann and his third-grade class created and constructed a similar museum with their AR Immigration Wall. As a part of their current unit on immigration, students conducted interviews and research about where their family and relatives are from, and then created videos that are compatible with HP Reveal.

When museum visitors walk through the immigration museum, they learn about countries such as Ireland, Germany, Spain, Jamaica, The United Kingdom, Japan and Ghana. Some students conducted research on the 20,000 castles in Germany, traditional music from Ghana, and even the ancient Gaelic and Irish sport of hurling.

In addition to research about the countries their families came from, a few students sat down and interviewed parents and grandparents who immigrated to the United States and shared the video for their project.

Both AR museums will be on full display during parent/teacher conferences on March 8 and 13. Parents can download the free HP Reveal app and experience the student projects themselves when they attend conferences.