Our final concept we developed is an augmented reality platform for music lessons in primary schools. It allows students to try a huge amount of instruments, without the need of the school to have them physically in the classroom. This enables the opportunity for students to try instruments even though the school never bought it.
All you need are augmented reality glasses, that fit on children’s heads and gloves for haptic feedback that are specially designed for that purpose. Wearing these glasses and gloves gives the ability to select an instrument and try it out. Every individual user can hear his instrument, or all instruments around him through bone conduction from the glasses.
The gloves offer a high precision feedback to enable a real feeling of the selected instrument.
On the one hand there are the mentioned benefits of reduced costs, because one device can replace every instrument you can imagine, on the other hand the students can learn instruments in the same room with their classmates without disturbing them. If needed they can play together and form bands. This can be great fun and make music lessons more diversified.
Our next step would be to go to schools and evaluate what can be improved and if teachers are even interested in such product. When they are, we would concretize some core features based on that evaluation, build a prototype with higher fidelity and certainly take a look at the state of the art and at how we could realize such a visionary concept.
After doing some user research in primary schools and thoroughly analyzing the interviews, we came up with two insights. One of them the idea of using augmented reality in classrooms. Specifically in music lessons.
Schools usually don’t have the money or the capacity to own a lot of instruments. Generally, there is not much space in classrooms for pupils to make some music together with various different musical instruments. Just imagine having a set of drums, a piano, cello and a bunch of guitars in one room, it can get quite crowded and probably too noisy for the rest of the school.
That’s where our idea comes in: The schools don’t have to own the instruments, all they need is augmented reality glasses and a pair of gloves for every child in one class and they can play whichever instrument they wish. This concept could also help motivating the pupils to make music and be more interested in it. Furthermore, it encourages the children to create something together and strengthen their sense of community.
To visualize our idea and later shoot a video prototype we created the storyboard above.
The topic of this year is teaching environment in general. We decided to visit a bilingual private school in Munich to get a good insight on how the teachers of this school are handling their daily challenges and how digital media already affects their work.
Therefore, on March 13th in the morning we went there to interview four of the teachers. They were able to answer all of our questions and help us to understand how digital media could be used to support teaching in elementary schools. We were able get an impression of how they’re currently using modern technology and how they used it in the past.
In addition to that we also had the opportunity to do an interview in a regular german primary school. This can give us some good hints about the differences between pure german public schools and private bilingual ones in general.
Now we are highly motivated to analyze our collected data carefully. We will use it in our further process of developing a concept that could help the teachers and the children in their education and teaching process.