AR SHAPE RECOGNITION FOR EARLY-CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, AROUND
Around is an augmented reality (AR) game that helps learners with autism spectrum disorder recognize shapes in real life. The technology accommodates learners to stay engaged in an learning environment that is more relevant and fun.
MY DESIGN PROCESS
Let’s say for example, I am teaching a group of students what a circle looks like by using a flashcard, drawing it on the board, and having them trace circles. For a typical learner, that would be enough instruction for them to transfer their knowledge and understand that a clock is a real life object in the shape of a circle. However, children with autism struggle to make this transfer of knowledge because they have difficulty with generalization. To them, the circle on the flashcard is different from the circle drawing on the board, which is also different from the circular clock on the wall.
Players navigate their space and search for shapes with an iPad and augmented reality (AR) technology identifies shapes and displays them on the screen. For typical learners, this technology can be used as an assessment tool to check for understanding. However, for autistic learners, it is a tool that bridges abstract concepts to reality. It fills in the current gap in traditional learning methods, and increase students’ motivations to learn and stay motivated.
Shape recognition is a fundamental skill that leads to recognizing letters and words. It is an essential skill that transfers to literacy skills.
GENERAL PRODUCT USER FLOW
Shape recognition technology coded from Open CV was implemented into the AR mobile app design.