Vibal brings AR to classrooms  with LearnLive AR app

Published January 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Lionell Go Macahilig

Paul Baloja, Vibal's Head of Brand Management
Paul Baloja, Vibal’s Head of Brand Management

Aiming to achieve innovative teaching and learning processes, and better school management, the Department of Education (DepEd), along with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has been pushing for the integration of information and communications technology in education in the Philippines.

As one of the leading providers of school textbooks and the pioneer of ebooks in the country, Vibal, in line with the inititative of DepEd and UNESCO, has introduced LearnLive AR augmented reality mobile app for textbooks recently.

Exclusively developed for Vibal textbooks by the company’s technology arm Vibe Technologies, the free mobile app brings AR technology to classrooms, making the teaching and learning process more engaging among teachers and students.

“Bridging traditional methods of teaching and digital learning has been made easy through LearnLive AR,” said Christopher Datol, Vibal’s Head of Publishing. “Complex ideas are simplified and made more interesting through the use of visual 3D models, videos, and auditory features, thus making it easier for students to understand difficult concepts.”

Installed on a smartphone or a tablet, LearnLive AR allows Vibal textbook users to access AR features in the books. Elements such as interactive models showing the human body systems, parts of the sun, and many more are set to be integrated in with AR technology starting this year.

The initial texbook series that can work with LearnLive AR include: Science in Our World 1-6 Revised Edition, Science & Technology 7-10 Revised Edition, Rainbows in English 1-6 Revised Edition, Living with MAPEH 1-6 New Edition, and Kultura, Kasaysayan, at Kabuhayan (KKK) 1-6 K to 12 Edition.

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Once downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, LearnLive AR can run offline. Users must simply launch LearnLive AR on their device, which activates the camera, and point it toward select images on the textbooks. Interactive models, some of which complete with voice, music, and touch feedback, will appear on the screen.

For optimal performance, the device must have Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. An Apple device must have iOS 10, 2GB RAM, and 32GB onboard storage.

Vibal has already sent evaluation copies of AR-ready textbooks in some schools. Partnerships with the DepEd and other educational institutions are in the pipeline for the further propagation of the technology among public and private schools across the country. Pilot tests are set to be conducted soon, just in time for the opening of the new school year.

Parties interested in the LearnLive AR mobile app and AR-ready Vibal textbooks may contact Vibal’s Customer Care Service team through the email address [email protected] or telephone numbers 63 (2) 580-7400 and 1-800-100-VIBAL (84225).

 
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