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Time Maps project 2014 Summer Campaign

Given the need of a process approach and the expansion of the last year’s workshop initiative on August 02 – 03, 2014, several new meetings took place in the Vădastra village within the TimeMaps summer campaigns. The intention of these meetings was to facilitate the demonstration and experimentation of the learning applications for mobile devices (smartphone/ tablet PCs) by a new generation of students from the local primary school. Therefore, a QR barcode was installed at the entrance of the school in order for the students to be able to access the Augmented Reality (AR) application. The working group was formed by the students Andra Tania Ciu (8th grade), Lorena Danciu and Mihaela Cococi (7th grade), accompanied by the Principal of the school, Mrs. Laura Voicu. The presentations were made by eng. Livia Stefan at the UNA’s campaign site and they were comprised of: 1) explanations on the use of the TimeMaps website as an educational instrument, focused on the presentation of the Virtual Reality based digital museums; 2) the TimeMaps blogs; 3) the “TimeMaps Scan”, an AR application that recognises the images of several objects and hence it can display video films, images and descriptions that relates to the real objects; 4) the “TimeMaps Geo Layers”, a geographical AR application that recognises the historical locations and it can display video films, images and description in relation to those locations. The latter application, “TimeMaps Geo Layers”, was used by 3 students on a trial base. Through this experiment the students explored the area of a prehistoric house and the Roman villa rustica. In addition, it was important to explain to the students the use of the QR codes, as these codes are the tools that allow one to rapidly access the mobile applications.
Finally, during this campaign, the lector Adrian Şerbănescu performed an art installation in order to reveal the Roman road in the Vădastra village through real landmarks (photos by Dragoș Gheorghiu).