Yes, we are a team from La Serena University, Chile, called LIITEC ULS consist of academics, software engineers, and graphic designers; together we have developed phone apps with educational purposes, mainly on display augmented reality.
One of these apps, called “3D Meiotic Division” allows learning about this process of cellular reproduction. Also, we developed the app “3D Atomic Model”, available on online stores, to learn about the history of atomic models and concepts of natural science.
The biggest challenge was representing all the processes, especially the meiotic division, which is highly complex. This process is traditionally taught in 2D, with microscope images, photographs, gif, and videos, but actually, it’s a tri-dimensional process. The actual challenge was to represent correctly the process with 3D models, consider the position and trajectory of the different components involved since is highly dynamic.
It was a hard work of co-construction along with college teachers experts on molecular biology and genetic. We validate the app, technically and on aspects of uses with a large group of students and teachers from schools and colleges.
The Laboratory of Research and Technological Innovation for Science Education of the University of La Serena (LIITEC-ULS) is an academic initiative that produces Educational Technology Resources (RTE).
One of our favorite apps is “The tortoise and the Hare” from Arloon company (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTQkkhlFzUo). Currently, it is not available at stores, but when we started the development of the educative apps, it really was a source of inspiration. One thing that we like the most is to color the scenes and then look at the story on augmented reality. It’s fascinating.
We worked for about 2 years before getting an app for its publication on May 2019. Since 2017 we have been working on technical aspects, uses and the necessary trials while we worked along with teachers and experts on the approval from the biological content and educational design of worksheets.
We are permanently improving different aspects of the app.
The meiotic division learning, as many subjects of biology, can be improved if it is supported with augmented reality since today’s technology allows mobile devices interact with tridimensional models, it helps to improve the learning experience allowing analyze the phenomena from a different point of view and offers the user an outstanding experience of the media improved digitally.
Our app is not just another app. It doesn’t pretend to show a molecular process on augmented reality, but instead, expect to be a learning tool that motivates teachers and students from schools and colleges to embrace the technology on teaching-learning processes.
Another aspect as important as the Apps is the Worksheets which go through accurate scientific and educational validation processes, and it is widely used by teachers and students from schools and colleges from several countries. Worksheets are written in simple biological language; therefore it can be used by any person interested in learning biology.
Moreover, to improve the educational experience, we design physical markers consistent with the digital models from the app. Besides, to benefit its use, the App is free and it is written in three languages because the meiotic division is a subject taught on different educational systems from all over the world.
We have planned minor updating and maintenance, also we want to elevate the interaction with users on 3D models. Currently, we are making other improvements for phone apps on augmented reality.
LIITEC ULS is a laboratory of technological innovationwhich is part of La Serena University, Chile, if you have anything to ask or make comments about you can reach us at [email protected] in our website https://liitec.userena.cl/or on Instragram @liiteculs.
3D Meiotic Division is a learning tool consisting of a mobile app and an activity guide that allows the user to visualize part of the real world in augmented reality through a digital device. This tool integrates tangible physical elements with virtual models to create an augmented reality in real-time. The app is designed to be used on any tablet or smartphone.
The activity guide contains image triggers that are read by the mobile app to provide enhanced visualization of all the phases of the meiotic division.
3D Meiotic Division is designed to be used as a teaching and learning tool by secondary as well as higher education teachers and students, particularly for teaching the fundamentals of biology to students in biological sciences, health care, and teaching university programs. Cell division is an essential content in genetics and cell biology as it helps understand the core mechanisms of genetic variability in sexually reproducing organisms.
3D Meiotic Division has been developed by the Laboratorio de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica para la Educación en Ciencias (LIITEC-ULS), an interdepartmental initiative of Universidad de La Serena. The app and activity guide are available for download on Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
IMPORTANT: In order to use this app you need to download and print the activity guide with the image triggers from the following link:
Date: July 6, 2020
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