Augmented History: AR, Archeology, and the Maker Approach for the Future History Class


We proposed a maker approach for teaching history using augmented or mixed reality. In this work, a hand-on team-based learning workshop was developed for teaching history to middle school students. Utilizing free online resources for AR and mixed reality, students were challenged to design a digital theme park featuring accurate historical facts using digital augmentation. Results showed that middle school students with little or no background in AR or programming could successfully create immersive environment to feature learned historical story. Works of students came in various forms from virtual or mixed reality environment to game to mixed reality plays. This thus evidently demonstrated students’ inspiration and creativity. We observed marked increase in student active engagement both to develop digital media and to inquire for the detailed historical facts to be featured in their story. The feedback of student participants revealed clear positive impacts of maker approach toward historical learning.