Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History(ERH) uses cards and Reality Boards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view. To use the augmented reality features, students need to install either the Experience Real History: Alamo Edition app (used with the Reality Boards) or the Experience Real History: Characters app (used with the Card Packs). When students view the Reality Board with the Alamo Edition app, their personal Alamo diorama appears in front of them. They will be able to see and hear photoreal animated scenes of the Alamo battle, explore the fort the way it was in 1836, and experience the personal drama of the people who fought and died at the Alamo. Pinching gets them even closer to the action. The Reality Cards feature individuals from the time period. When two cards are viewed through the Characters app, students learn how the individuals interacted. Costs: Free apps for iOS and Android; $1.99 for premium content for iOS. Prices of Reality Boards and Card Packs are indicated on the website.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
In spring 2018, Reaktor, an AI and tech partner in Finland, and University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built Elements of AI to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to people from a wide range of backgrounds.