By Angeliki Voreopoulou
ARTutor was introduced and utilized in the short training program Online Training Program on Immersive Technologies for Education, under the Erasmus+ program Immersive Technologies for Education (ImTech4Ed)”, which focuses on the application of augmented and virtual reality technologies in STEAM education.
The training involved students, researchers, and teachers and was available remotely. It included asynchronous activities (eg educational content study, excercizes) and a total of 5 online meetings.
The training was attended by teachers of different STEAM domains and students from different study programs (computing, game design, arts, humanities & social sciences) in universities of various European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Germany). In this way the innovative content was combined with the possibility of cultivating “21st century skills” concerning creativity and the ability to operate and collaborate in heterogeneous groups.
The training took place between 28th February 2022 and 14th March 2022
The iPEAR (Inclusive Peer Learning with Augmented Reality Apps) is european project KA2 , with 36 months duration and 336,536 budget. The project combines collaborative expertise of technology-enhanced learning researchers, computer scientists, and educators to build a strategic partnership to streamline the adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) technology in educational practice.
The project will create innovative open educational resources for educators that help implement and integrate active and collaborative learning pedagogical approaches supported by AR. This will enrich the teaching practice and support inclusive, peer to peer learning relevant to the requirements and preferences of the students.
The main objectives of the project are to:
- Map the educational use of AR, focusing on collaborative and peer learning approaches
- Facilitate the adoption of AR in education by creating open access teaching and learning material for educators
- Create and maintain a community of experts in educational AR and other stakeholders that will ensure sustainability of the project and keep the most useful results up-to-date
The ARTutor platform is one of the 8 tools that are proposed in the iPEAR project for educational use. It is important to note that ARTutor is the only FREE platform available for educators.
More information on the iPEAR project can be found at https://i-pear.eu/
The following tutorials are available for ARTutor.
Each tutorial includes a short video.
The ARTutor application is available for free at the Apple App Store.
You can download the application by clicking on the App Store button or by scanning the QR code with your mobile device.
ARTutor uses Apple’s ARKit library for creating immersive augmented reality experiences.
ARKit is supported by devices with iOS 14 or greater installed.