VIVA: Video - Images - VR - AR

Why VIVA? - it's HALF of your Brain!

Vision is THE primary sense; about half of your brain is devoted to perceiving, interpreting, and storing vision information. Brains deal with visual information more powerfully than with language, text, or number. Media with visual dominance are:

  • Images: pure vision
  • Video: vision and audio
  • AR: vision on steroids & other senses
  • VR: immersive visual & sensory experience

WHY, WHY, WHY is it SO powerful in learning?

Vision and language/text are separate learning pathways. Each encodes perceptions in different ways, stores information in different ways, so YOU LEARN TWICE. The perceptions are joined because they're about the same topic and happen at the same time, so you can ACCESS the learning by two different paths. TWICE AS EASY TO REMEMBER and ACCESS. Here's your brain on images (image: Trent Arant)! 50% activated by images, alone:


Hands-On with Augmented Reality
(note: all REQUIRE a rear-facing camera on a mobile device)

(uncomfortable question: which will be more useful in future schools? Keyboard or Camera?)

I've used three free smartphone systems that work in any subject and nearly any grade level:

  • Aurasma: the oldest with the most examples and training materials. Point your phone at a trigger image, and an overlay video, animation, or webpage will be superimposed on the trigger image, augmenting (adding to) reality. Kids and teachers can easily create their own auras. Auras can augment learning and can be sequenced into powerful learning games. Those auras and games can be shared with the classroom or global community. Aurasma recognizes and reacts to unique IMAGES. Make images in your textbooks come alive! The web-based, free Aurasma Studio can add complexity and refinement to your auras. Search for content by tags. Try a $20 dollar bill (or other common note).
  • ARIS: (iOS only for now). Use the free ARIS app to play locative games based on GPS location OR QR code. Build your ARIS game on their website and play with your mobile phone or tablet. Games can be content based (prepare students for chem lab, new vocabulary) in any subject or level. They can be location based for new student orientation to school or for self-guided local history tours. ARIS app lists YOUR games and all games near your location.
  • Blippar: wants to create a Wikipedia of objects. Scan nearby objects to see if anyone's made a Blipp of it. Teachers and students can use the web-based Blippbuilder to augment any OBJECT with related content links or text/graphics overlay. Try a $20 dollar bill! (or similar object). Great to identify objects if you don't know their names in English (or other language) or what they do. Enter the world of Visual Search!