Augmented Reality in School Environments (ARiSE)
The project aims at integrating an AR teaching platform
(ARTP) into the everyday environment of teachers and students, displaying
audiovisual and multimedia content in line with the needs identified by
education experts and researchers in the relevant areas. Using 3D presentations
and userfriendly interaction techniques will lead to a better understanding of
scientific and cultural content coupled with high student motivation. The
students will have the possibility to interact as a team with the virtual
objects in a virtual shared space provided by an AR display system and thereby
they will perform lear ning by doing instead of lear ning by reading or
listening. The new technology will promote team work, collaboration between
classes in the same school or even remote collaboration between schools in
different countries in a learner-centered approach. A major part of the project
work is dedicated to the development of tools necessary for the easy production
of content by non-AR-experts, to facilitate deployment in different countries
of Europe at a moderate effort.
Fig. 1: The main idea - students have to learn
about a specific scientific content, in this example a human digestive process.
They will form a group around the augmented reality display system. A plastic
model will sit in the middle while dynamic generated pictures illustrate the
The ARTP will raise teaching technologies for basic, middle
and high schools to a new level of possibilities. The platform, allowing
students to interact with the teaching material in 3D and concurrently
supporting a team-oriented approach, will raise the level of understanding of
complex processes. While acquiring scientific and cultural knowledge, important
soft skills like team work and presentation skills will be trained as well. The
ARTP will be a highly flexible, robust and well affordable base platform
consisting of a display system and software.
Fig. 2: The first prototype of the AR display
system - four autonomous set-ups equipped by PC, 3D projector, semi-transparent
mirror and cameras for head/interaction tracking. The real scene is augmented
through the semi-transparent mirror using the image provided by 3D projector.
The ARiSE consortium comprises experts from different areas
of information technology, but also expertise in didactics and pedagogy such as
schools, which provide opportunities for testing the developed platform in
The project ARiSE is co-founded by the European Union through
the IST programme under FP6 with the contract number IST-027039.