CONCEPT: Take the periodic table into augmented reality with this visually stunning offering from Spanish company Zientia.
DELIVERY: I was treated to a look at this app last week at the GESS Conference he in Dubai and knew it was something special right away. Being a fan of AR and having tested out pretty much every such app available, I was initially expecting to be somewhat underwhelmed.
What Zientia have developed here is something really special, an AR app that goes beyond the traditional 'look at the floating object' approach and incorporates genuine learning and interaction.Having printed of a pair of trigger cards and opened the app, users can.select elements from the periodic table to tag to them. This instantly makes the app stand out from the crowd as we are not talking about one specific trigger card for each separate element but the ability to interchange them as desired using the same cards over and over.
Next you choose a second element, along with its valence and the number of molecules desired, for the other card. If a compound can be made, you can then move the cards near to each other and they will visibly form that compound, with the name displayed below. It really is one of those things you have to see to fully appreciate the genius at work.
Not done? No problem. You could now continue to bond further by selecting the number of ions and using the trigger that is now empty to insert a third element and continue the process. Thus, more complex compounds such as acids can be formed.
This alone would be brilliant but Chemistry 101 is just getting warmed up. Their are whole lessons on how different elements bond. These cover everything from oxides, hydrides and salts as well as nomenclature. There are exercises to test you skills, with a variety of settings to adjust the question types and volume asked. There's even a full test available when online.
As a side note, at the conference the guys from Zientia showed us some other apps they have in development. The phrase 'you ain't seen nothing yet' comes to mind...
LIMITATIONS: Probably too much to ask but the ability to record a session and play back the AR in action would be outstanding. Oh and be warned, you need to sign up to access the app and the site is all in Spanish. Have Google Translate at the ready!
CONCLUSION: Take another step into the future of education. Impressively constructed and genuinely useful. This is a fine example of the power of augmented reality learning. 5/5
Teaching the elements of the periodic table
Learning about compounds and molecular bonding
Demonstrating AR during ICT sessions