AR Freedom Stories – Breaking the chains!

AR Freedom Stories highlights rarely told African-Canadian stories from the Canadian-American Underground Railroad era. These stories includes Harriet Tubman’s efforts to bring American slaves to freedom in Canada.

AR Freedom Stories: discover their stories by scanning images

The Harriet Tubman Institute conducts research on the global migration of African peoples. AR Freedom Stories is the results of the Harriet Tubman Insitute  partnership with the Augmented Reality Lab at York University in Toronto, as part of the “Breaking The Chains” project. 

In order to discover the stories, teachers or parents has to download and print the flashcards (link) for IOS or Android mobile app. Then, they need to scan the flash cards while the camera is running. This will trigger the animations.

To learn more about this project: https://tubman.info.yorku.ca/educational-resources/breaking-the-chains/

AR Freedom Stories Features

3.5/5
History and geography, Moral and Civic Education
6-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years, Adult
English
Android smartphone / tablet, Apple smartphone / tablet
Free

AR Freedom Stories for teaching

AR Freedom Stories: pros

+ The narration brings us well into the experience.

+ The unique historical content is interesting to exploit but it is better to complement it with other sources and support. 

AR Freedom Stories: cons

– Audio available only in English

– If you lose the marker, the narration starts again from scratch.

– Some display defects are to be noted.

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