Bringing the streets into the classroom: using augmented reality in primary schools to teach road safety awareness
Keywords: Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Early Childhood Road Safety, School Safety
Submission Date: 2018 Conference: ARSC
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, in partnership with augmented reality design company DSBS, have developed a world-first road safety learning application for primary schools. The curriculum-linked app lets teachers run engaging augmented reality road safety lessons in the classroom on their school tablets, delivering real-time pre-post measurement and post analysis of students change in knowledge in pedestrian, cyclist and public transport learning areas. Students engage in interactive decision-making in relation to portrayed risks such as road crossing, school zones, bus stops etc. A gamification reward approach motivates students to correctly identify answers. Two separate experiences tailored to younger (4-7 years) and older (8-11 years) children have been developed, providing different age-appropriate experiences. Teachers control the experience in class, starting it and stopping it through a master app, seeing student progress in the learning scenarios in real time, and accessing additional road safety teaching material to further enhance their experience.