Three Years Ago Last Week – The “3D & Mobile for Education” Post

Its been almost exactly three years now since the “3D & Mobile Road Ahead” Post … and this is as (or more) relevant as ever. Though the graphic is showing its age (It was developeed before the Iphone, and well before Secondlife had anywhere close to 1 million users), the rate of change we are seeing with 3D virtual environments/augmented reality and mobile media make this worth remembering.   It is almost a certainty that for content providers (Like us) …. we have 2 platforms emerging (having emerged in the case of mobile media) to leverage and come to grips with. …. and with today Google Android App Inventor news today mobile seems to be evolving into a “production” rather than “consumption only”  mind set, which virtual environments have realized several years ago.

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Android App Inventor, Scratch, & The Android Tablet Touch Lab

I was very excited to learn of the new Android App Inventor Application today, primarily because of the possibility it holds for putting simple developer tools into the hands of students to CREATE their own gadgets and tools.   The App Inventor interface is very very similar to the kids development tool “Scratch” from MIT.  I look forward to getting these tools int he hands of kids ! App Inventor Video: object width=”560″ height=”340″> Scratch: Android Tablet Touch Lab:

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More AR Goodness – This time from ReadWriteWeb

Via Read Write Web Using quick response (QR) codes, a camera is able to detect which page the student is on and can display supplementary 3D materials. The student controls the experience by presenting one of three business card-sized QR codes that either activate or advance a sequence of models for each page. They can get a closer look or a different angle on the models by simply moving the book closer to the camera or rotating it.

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