19 September 2006 Mediascapes stimulate learning Education innovator Futurelab has launched a free resource for schools that combines hands on activity with the latest mobile technology. Create-A-Scape is said to support learning that is both engaging and stimulating, enabling young people aged 10 and upwards to learn whilst exploring their surroundings. The Create-A-Scape website provides a set of resources to enable teachers and pupils to create digitally enhanced, personalised learning experiences called mediascapes. A collection of location sensitive sounds and images ‘attached to’ the local landscape are created using the mediascape authoring toolkit, a pervasive media software developed at HP Laboratories in Bristol. Users can create a range of experiences – from tours of discovery to art installations. Alan Beecham, secondary strategy consultant (ICT) at Education Bradford has used Create-A-Scape to produce a ‘moonwalk’ mediascape. The moonwalk is based on a map of the moon’s Alphonsus Crater, superimposed onto a school playing field. Students, equipped with PDAs and two way radios, set off to explore the ‘crater’ with a number of tasks to complete before their ‘oxygen supplies’ run out. These tasks include finding the volume of moon rocks and measuring a moon dust footprint. The Create-A-Scape website contains everything that is needed to get started – all that schools require is a pc, a pda handheld computer and enthusiasm. (www.createascape.org.uk) Author Graham Pitcher Comment on this article Websites http://www.createascape.org.ukhttp://www.hpl.hp.com Companies Hewlett-Packard Laboratories This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... Arrow buys Nu Horizons Arrow is buying Nu Horizons in an all cash deal which values the ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.