Electronic school textbooks using virtual and augmented reality technology are being developed at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). This was announced by the Rector of the university Viktor Sadovnichy.
According to him, the textbook nowadays “should be interactive, dynamically multi-level, brighter, more attractive.” Such innovations, according to him, are especially important in teaching stereometry.
“The use of virtual and augmented reality technologies in electronic textbooks makes it possible to make full-fledged three-dimensional models out of illustrations,” Sadovnichy said.
The Rector also pointed out the need to update the format of textbooks and explained this by the fact that students who grew up in the modern world lose interest in paper books. He added that “the format of textbooks in this regard requires changes and adaptation to the digital environment.”
Interestingly, the LLC ‘FunReality’ back in 2014 has already created a mobile application for “reviving” the pages of a printed textbook using augmented reality technology. In this version of the product, the markers of augmented reality are the pages of a school textbook, on which, when viewed through a mobile device, animated three-dimensional scenes and “live” demonstrations of processes and phenomena on the topic under study unfold.