After watching a few Ted Talks for inspiration, I am beginning to realize that the possibilities to engage youth for educational purposes using mobile technology are endless.
Shilo Shiv Suleman’s Ted Talk on ‘using tech to enable dreaming’ introduced Khoya, her new interactive storybook for iPad that links magic, earth and technology to share a story about contemporary India. She saw the iPad as an interactive storytelling device that has the ability to create a multi-sensory experience for users and since it is location-based, can connect people from all over the world. The Khoya storybook uses mobile technologies such as Augmented Reality and GPS to create interactions that make the reader actively seek out natural environments. It triggers children’s imagination by making them the main character in the story and assigns them simple tasks such as taking a picture of a tree or a flower and adds it to the story. Khoya takes traditional storytelling to a whole other level.
New and exciting games and apps on mobile devices create endless opportunities for creating personalized educational experiences for youth. The mobile device has the ability to encourage youth to go out and explore their environment, take photos, take videos, conduct interviews and record data.
CES is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage youth, in particular indigenous youth, to promote and preserve their culture and environment. We’re approaching a very exciting time for innovation and using technology to educate, inspire, and motivate today’s youth to make a difference in their community and the world.