Julian Stodd's Learning Blog

I was lucky enough to get lost yesterday in good company, which is the very best way to do it. I’d met up with an Australian friend, Mark, and Bee Yin, who produces Heritage trails here in Singapore. Our objective was to try out one of their new trails, a walking tour of the Singapore River, guided by the Samsung tablets we strung around our necks on a semi structured exploration of the historic riverfront.

Heritage Trail

The concept is simple: the device geolocates you and pings up information around the nearest site of interest. A bridge, the Asian Civilisation Museum, a row of historic shop-houses and so on. At each site, some structured activities: broadcast information, with animations and audio, then quizzes in various formats and interactive activities. The activities in particular are interesting: asking us to video our role-play of historic trade negotiations or particular historical incidents. You…

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