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There Is Nothing to See. Or Is There?: Visualizing Language Through Augmented Reality

There Is Nothing to See. Or Is There?: Visualizing Language Through Augmented Reality
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Author(s): Josef Buchner (St. Gallen University of Teacher Education, Switzerland & University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) and Julia Weißenböck (University of Salzburg, Austria)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Recent Tools for Computer- and Mobile-Assisted Foreign Language Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Alberto Andujar (University of Almeria, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1097-1.ch008

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Abstract

Augmented Reality has the potential of transforming teaching. By applying this technology themselves, students progress from consumers of technology to producers of their own digital content, and they can make it available to a large audience and create an immersive learning experience. After a language trip to Scotland, teachers and two classes of 17-year-old students from a school in Salzburg, Austria, decided to present the outcome of their project work from their stay abroad in a more interactive and innovative way. Instead of inviting parents and friends to an evening of PowerPoint, the students designed AR posters and visitors were invited to an interactive gallery walk during which they had the chance to explore thematic posters related to Scotland. While at first glance the posters seem rather bland, digital content, which the students produced, opens up by scanning the pictures on the poster with a special AR app. This project successfully combines language and digital skills and has shown to motivate students to engage even deeper with their topic.

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