It's an afternoon like any other at Malakoff high school in Moss. Forty years have passed since Heidi Lindblom graduated as a nurse.
Today, twenty years later, she sits in the teacher's room at Malakoff, together with Anne Hønstvedt and Anne Lisbeth Kjennsbekk. It was on this day that the three teachers would be introduced to iPraksis for the first time.
”I could see that this worked in really motivating the students”, says Lindblom
“The students thought it was exciting to use a mobile phone in the context of learning. And for me, who is concerned with the body and who teaches a lot about how things operate inside of it, this type of textbook seems to have a lot of advantages. Getting a 3D model of the heart that you can go further into, and see how it is made up of different chambers… I think many students will benefit from that.”
“We often have a number of young people on health and education subjects who are not too fond of reading, students who become blocked when they are presented with too much text. Here, they receive relatively little text and three-dimensional models that they can enter and explore further.”
However, what the three teachers think is one thing - how the pupils respond to the new teaching aid is another.
"The app isn’t full of information, but what’s there is really important", says a student after having explored her new AR book.
"This makes the concepts more concrete," states another student.
A third student highlights the so-called "read more" function as the most useful, which points students in the direction of links with more detailed information about what they have just read.
“We know that there are many people who learn better visually. So, when the textbook material is both visual and auditory, it has every opportunity to hit the mark. I had a student who wanted to read more about menstruation, and then we entered this new universe together and saw a uterus appear in 3D. It was really exciting, both for the student and for me as a teacher.”
Heidi Lindblom is nevertheless concerned that her classroom should still be a dynamic place of learning and not a room where twenty students each sit on their mobile phones for 45 minutes.
"I like to use the projector, so that I can explain what we are looking at to the students, rather than having them sit one by one and look at their screens”.
Perhaps this is because your students don't respond well to their current learning methods, as not all students are able to engage with lengthy texts in the same manner.
We've developed a new generation of textbooks and we're giving teachers based in Norway the unique opportunity of downloading the "Ludenso Explore" app for free, where you'll be able to access the content in connection to the "iPraksis" textbook.
If you're teaching anatomy but are based in the UK, then stay tuned because we have an exciting update heading your way soon, with new AR titles currently in the works!
Other titles available in Ludenso Explore include:
~ Solaris (grade 1 to 10)
It's time for teaching to cater to the needs of learners, so that educators are able to teach passionate students once again. At Ludenso, we know that Augmented Reality is the way forward.
Our question for you is, are you ready to embrace the future of learning?