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Bringing history to life in new augmented reality app

Year 10 Modern History students have had the opportunity to work with representatives from the Queensland Museum to provide feedback on a new app. Anzac Correspondent, brings wartime history to life, igniting an engaging learning experience for students using augmented reality.

Anzac Correspondent makes connections between the objects on display as part of Queensland Museum’s Anzac Legacy Gallery and the stories behind them in an innovative and dynamic way that extends learning beyond the gallery and into the classroom.

Three Ormiston College students, Abigail Eckert, Tarni McCosker and Mark Stubbs, along with Secondary School Modern History Teacher, Margaret-Ann Hunt attended the launch of the app at the Queensland Museum on 22 August.

Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said the new app will add to the experience of the Anzac Legacy Gallery and expand its reach.

“Anzac Legacy Gallery is a reflective and learning space rich in Queensland stories that explains what happened beyond the front line, and allows us to understand how war affected all Queenslanders,” Ms Enoch said.

The Anzac Correspondent app will bring these important stories to classrooms around the state so students in classrooms across all of Queensland can engage in this educational experience.”

Queensland Museum CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the free app is not just a learning tool for students, but a great asset for anyone who has an interest in Queensland’s history and its role in the war.

“Think of your tablet or smart phone as a 1918 vintage camera and your job is to snap events and capture stories of the people and events happening around you to relay back home – basically the equivalent of social media for the early 20th Century,” Dr Thompson said.