Learning in the 21st century

Last Monday there was an inspiring meeting of elementary schools in the Big Church of Schiedam ( The Netherlands ) called the “SIKO dag”. The theme of the day ; ‘Learning in the 21st century’.

At the invitation of Technasium Spieringshoek, we from Platipus were also present to show the primary school teachers the potential of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom. We brought the Microsoft HoloLens with it’s Holo Anatomy demo because it’s such an awesome demo of the potential of AR in education. The participants followed an anatomy lesson using a life-sized body projected as a hologram on the church floor. Through hand gestures and voice commands they could walk through the different stages of this lesson at their own pace while walking around the hologram to investigate it from all sides.

Together with Technasium Spieringshoek, we have been giving AR lessons at the high schools elective course called “Onderzoek & Ontwerpen” ( which roughly translates to Research & Development ) for a number of years now. The course is about identifying opportunities for AR and prototyping applications and our ambition is to train a new generation to become proficient in reading and writing in this new mass medium.

Together with the primary school ‘t Palet in Vlaardingen, we have already undertaken several Virtual Reality projects. For example a drawing lesson was given in 3D space.

Together with Nissan Europe we’ve trained technicians with AR in the Nissan Academy.

Together with Artishock we’ve used AR to train AEGIR marine technicians. But what’s more we also create the tools to use the AR as a time saver at the actual job of the marine engineer.

All these project have been clear successes in terms of fun, student involvement and in the case of the Nissan Academy and the AEGIR marine example also in terms of cost savings.

We are proud to see that schools in our region clearly keep an eye on the rise of AR as an education medium and are not afraid to embrace it.