UCLA  researcher &  PhD student  presented Mixed-Reality Barriers: Person-Tracking in K-12 Schools at the  conference in Los Angeles on March 19. The , cowritten with GSE&IS PhD student Maggie Dahn, details the use of OpenPTrack in classrooms at two schools—one, a university laboratory elementary school, and the other, a public charter school.

Illum’s presentation was given as part of IEEE VR’s Workshop on K-12 Embodied Learning through Virtual & Augmented Reality (), which focuses on “educational experiences for the classroom of the future” that use virtual, augmented and mixed-reality technologies, such as those enabled by people tracking. That had a certain geek appeal, allowing me to control the phone’s mp3 player, see incoming caller id and answer calls from the watch.

Work with OpenPTrack at the laboratory school has been ongoing since 2014, as part of the NSF-funded Science Through Technology Enhanced Play () and Interactive Science Through Technology Enhanced Play () projects. At the public charter school, Dahn worked with a visual arts teacher to create a 10-week course of study in digital mask making. The lessons included students working with an online authoring system, which led to a performance in an MR environment integrating body-based interactions using OpenPTrack. .

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