HATII SHAKE: is your exhibition interactive enough?

Posted on October 3rd, 2014 by yunhyong

According to Bill Gates:

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

This week on Tuesday (30 September, 2014), we had a seminar presentation at HATII which may raise questions about the validity of the above statement, or, at least add a new dimension of thought on technology.

The presentation was delivered by Dr Areti Damala from the Department of Computer Science and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde on the interactive technologies developed as part of the project meSch. She introduced several tools including the Loupe (a fascinating magnifying-glass-like tool that recognises patterns from the artefact and provides information and animations) and the Companion Novel (a guide that causes land marks and artefacts to produce a sound as you stroll through historical sites). If you would like to see more, Areti’s slides are linked below:

HATII SHAKE presentation (Areti Damala)

Apart from the roller coaster discussion that Areti’s topic generated, the success of the seminar was marked by the packed room (participant numbering at 32+, we had to pull in extra chairs), consisting of undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD students in the humanities, researchers and  those from the Glasgow Science Centre. The background of people seemed equally diverse: Digital Media Information Studies, Information Management, Computing, and Museum to name a few.

So then, er, carry on McDuff …

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