History students trial AR app for museum

  • Published on June 10, 2019
  • Test-driving an augmented reality app, Indro History students stepped back in time to view World War I through the eyes of an ANZAC war correspondent on the battlefields of Egypt, Turkey and France.

    The Queensland Museum Anzac AR Experience, in development with Romeo Digital, allows students to gather stories and photos to file a war correspondent’s report, which will automatically assemble itself into a front page of a newspaper of the day.

    Indooroopilly School High School Year 9 History Coordinator David King and Year 9 History teacher Wojciech Rozanski worked with the museum and Romeo Digital earlier this year in a previous phase of the app’s development.

    ANZAC Cavalry in Egypt appear in AR.
    ANZAC Cavalry in Egypt appear in AR.

    Two groups of 14 Indro Year 9 History students were chosen to do the first large-scale school testing of the app recently.

    “It is a really creative use of software to promote learning,” Mr King said.

    “The app is being created in conjunction with the Queensland Museum’s new permanent Anzac Legacy Gallery exhibition to allow students to investigate the content of the exhibition beyond the confines of the gallery.

    “The app focuses on the stories and experiences of Queenslanders at war, providing students with the opportunity to explore the battlefields of Egypt, Gallipoli, Pozières and Villers-Bretonneux in the virtual environment.

    A scene from the Queensland Museum Anzac AR Experience, in development by Romeo Digital.
    A scene from the Queensland Museum Anzac AR Experience, in development by Romeo Digital.

    “The students were highly engaged with the software and excited to work with industry professionals to develop new educational resources while improving their own historical knowledge.

    “The developers received valuable feedback from the students regarding the various issues present within the current version of the app to improve their product overall. The Social Sciences Department is looking forward to continuing to work with the community to develop exciting learning opportunities for our students in the future.”

    Queensland Museum Project Manager Exhibitions, Isabel Escudero, said Queensland Museum wanted to thank Indooroopilly State High School students for their collaboration in testing the Anzac Legacy Gallery Augmented Reality App.

    “This app will support and enhance the Anzac Legacy Gallery at our South Bank campus as well as engage with new technology and stories those visitors who are unable to visit the museum,” she said.

    “The app will deliver a compelling and valuable experience focused on Year 9 History students, and the testing we carried out with Indooroopilly State High School gave us invaluable feedback.

    “The students were engaged, excited and questioned the app as they experienced it providing us with first hand feedback from our future users.

    “The enthusiasm from the Department of Social Sciences, and in particular of David King, made the experience incredibly enjoyable for the Queensland Museum.”

    Marco Eychenne, Creative Director at Romeo Digital, said the Indro students were highly engaged and friendly, and gave his team useful insights into what they would like an educational app to feel like.

    “The ANZAC stories are such an important touchpoint for Australians, and this app will provide a new way for students to deepen connections with Australian history,” Mr Eychenne said.

    ISHS History Co-ordinator David King with guests Dale Thompson of Romeo Digital, Isabel Escudero of Queensland Museum and Marco Eychenne of Romeo Digital.
    ISHS History Co-ordinator David King with guests Dale Thompson of Romeo Digital, Isabel Escudero of Queensland Museum and Marco Eychenne of Romeo Digital.

    “From the outset, we’ve known how important teachers’ and students’ perspectives would be for this app, and we could not have asked for a better audience.

    “The students also took the opportunity to ask highly technical questions of our team, encouraging thoughtful conversations on process and potential future iterations.

    “It was an absolute joy to watch the students engage so deeply with the app, and their feedback will help shape the future of this project.

    A scene from the Queensland Museum Anzac AR Experience, in development by Romeo Digital.
    A scene from the Queensland Museum Anzac AR Experience, in development by Romeo Digital.

    “The team at Romeo would like to extend our thanks to the Grade 9 History students and teaching staff from Indooroopilly State High School for their generosity and time.

    “Special thank you to David King, who has been an invaluable partner throughout, and helped facilitate this real-world learning experience for students and the Romeo team alike.”

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