If you could "travel" anywhere in the world with an augmented reality app, where would you want to go? What would you want to see?
Do you think Portal AR will encourage more people to travel to Scotland? Or do you think people will be satisfied "seeing" the country's highlights via augmented reality? Why?
Portal AR is a travel tool. In what other areas do you think augmented reality apps could be useful?
If you could create an augmented reality app featuring the area where you live, what landmarks would you include? How would you teach users about the area's past? What message would you like them to understand about its future?
- As a class, discuss what augmented reality is and how it is different from virtual reality. (Virtual reality places users in computer-generated environments. Augmented reality enhances what users see, hear, feel and smell. This creates a more real-world experience.) Encourage students to describe any virtual reality or augmented reality experiences they've had.
- Invite students to think about everything they did during summer break. Encourage them to select one or more of those experiences as the basis for an augmented reality app.
- Have students brainstorm ideas for their app. Challenge them to select appropriate photos that will bring users right into their summer experience.
- Give students time to write a brief script for their app. Remind them to include detailed descriptions of everything they saw, heard, felt and smelled at the time.
CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:
This interactive site from the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access features one family’s weeklong experience visiting museums and exhibits. Features include the family’s journal entries and activities they created to help make the most of a visit to Washington, D.C.
Invite students to explore the exhibits currently available at the National Museum of Natural History. The site includes a layout for each floor, description of each exhibit and selection of objects for each topic. Students can also explore several past exhibits.
Invite students to play this interactive online children’s adventure that takes place in an animated Smithsonian American Art Museum. The site includes a parent and educators guide and a lesson plan based on the activity.
In this interactive game from the National Museum of American History, high school students can develop research skills and explore the museum’s collections by creating a movie using images from an online image database.
Since 1967, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has spent part of its summer celebrating world cultures on the National Mall. During this two-week event, visitors can sing, dance, try crafts, play games, learn traditional recipes and ask questions as they take part in this unique cultural exchange. Invite students to explore this site to learn all about the 2018 Festival.
Vacation is the highlight of many people’s summers. But a new study of tourism supply chains shows that all those flights, zip-line tours and foie gras produce 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Read this Smithsonian article to learn more.