We knew Augmented Reality would be big. Some said the technology, made famous by Pokemon Go, would eventually eclipse virtual reality with more real world applications. In education, that time is now, thanks to a Canadian startup called Agents of Discovery.
There name says it all. Their augmented reality app turns your students into agents of discovery, allowing them to discover the world around them in ways we never dreamt would be possible. Once the app is downloaded, teachers select a location it could be a park, a museum, a famous building or other location. Load the students up on a bus and take field trips to new heights.
While using mobile devices, as students focus the camera on monuments, structures, exhibits and even trees, a world of information is loaded, sparking hours of discussion and intrigue. But Agents of Discovery is more than just a museum guide chock full of information, there are also activities built around real life structures. For instance at Chandler Parks, Agents of Discovery has turned a sun dial into a “human sun dial” users morph into a sun dial and then learn the intricacies of how a sun dial was used before the modern watch.
Students can earn badges as they complete tasks playing this intuitive and interactive game. The best part is the knowledge and education they are gaining with very minimal effort.
Kids and students need to download the game from the Google Play store or the iTunes app store but after that no WiFi connection is required to actually play.
AOD offers over 1000 curriculum based challenges for kids and students. If that’s not enough, or teachers want to play Agents of Discovery at a location that’s not already turned into a challenge, the company provides an easy to use Mission Maker tool. Teachers can design their own interactive missions that can easily be shared with other teachers in their school, district or across the globe.
The benefits to Agents of Discovery are ten fold. First your getting students off their butts and outside at a time where more and more schools are eliminating outdoor recess. They’re also getting a chance to practice real 21st century skills and retaining information at a higher rate with hands on placed based learning.
After challenges teachers are provided with in-depth analytics that let them know how successful their mission was.
Take your students on a mission and turn them into Agents of Discovery at FETC 2018 in Orlando, January 23-26th, booth #1159K and find out more online at agentsofdiscovery.com