TaleBlazer is the latest augmented reality (AR) software platform developed by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) lab. By situating games in the real world, AR games seek to engage people in experiences that combine real landscapes and other aspects of the physical environment with additional digital information supplied to them by smartphones.
Keywords / Definitions
- Augmented Reality: a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented(or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
- Brick Programmer: Highly used, visual way to convey programming languages that resemble physical blocks or bricks that appear to snap together
Game creation starts with a map that they can research and customize through the Google Maps interface. Students can create games about places they are familiar with or, maybe, even create a game in a completely foreign land that they someday hope to visit. Either way, students are focusing on fitting their ideas and learning into real geographic space.”
—Alison Anderson, Media Specialist at The Madeleine School
TaleBlazer games take place in the real world. Players interact with virtual characters, objects, and data as they move around their real location. TaleBlazer games can be played on most GPS-enabled Android and iOS smartphones.
Once a game is downloaded to a smartphone, there is no need for an internet connection to play games!
The TaleBlazer editor is browser-based, with no local installation required. The TaleBlazer editor uses a visual blocks-based scripting language – which makes it easy to create rich interactivity, while helping users avoid syntax errors.
Users create accounts allowing them to save game files to the cloud, which can then be download directly to a player’s smartphone. TaleBlazer game designers have instant access to TaleBlazer games from any computer attached to the Internet.
TaleBlazer games can be compelling resources which engage students in thoughtful role-playing, exploration or investigation. Students can play AR games designed around nearly any subject.