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Wednesday, June 12 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Blazing New Ground in Informal Education: Integrating Mobile Augmented Reality Games in Unlikely Places

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Blazing New Ground in Informal Education: Integrating Mobile Augmented Reality Games in Unlikely Places

Informal learning institutions are seeking new ways to integrate mobile technologies which offer visitors unique educational experiences. One way to do this is with augmented reality (AR) software, which allows players to use location-aware smartphones to play games featuring a digital overlay within a real-world context. AR experiences can highlight and contextualize ideas, while personalizing the visitor experience. This panel discussion features three distinct informal learning institutions (a wildlife sanctuary/working farm, a living history museum, and a botanical garden) each of whom recently developed and piloted its own AR game using TaleBlazer (an augmented reality authoring toolkit for iOS and Android smartphones). The panel session will include a brief overview of TaleBlazer, case studies of the pilot projects developed by each institution, and dialogue between panelists and the audience on the unique challenges of integrating AR in unlikely informal learning places.

Judy Perry, Bob Coulter, Renata Pomponi, Kris Scopinich, Rhys Simmons

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Bob Coulter

Director, Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (Missouri Botanical Garden)
I spend most of my time thinking about ways to get kids excited about learning and taking action in the community. A good part of this involves games they design with MIT's Taleblazer and StarLogo Nova tools, or in playing Equations, a really cool math game.
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Judy Perry

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Judy currently oversees design, development and research for several projects involving games and simulations for mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Her research interests include location-based games and ubiquitous “casual” games. When she is not making or playing mobile games, Judy also leads professional development workshops for educators who want to implement location-based and other games in both formal and informal... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old Madison

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