Digital technology meets books
Coding Week 2019 success
Information and Communication Technology students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Berlin last week cooperated with German language students from the University of Namibia (UNAM) in the production of an app that creates an augmented reality of Namibian children’s books.
Six books from Macmillan Education Namibia Publishers, Kuiseb Publishing House, Yambeka Children Media and Wordweaver were made available for this project and three of the ICT students who produced the best apps will be sent to present their ideas at the Conference on Culture and Computer Sciences; Virtual History and Augmented Present in late May. The conference is to be held in Berlin and this will be the students’ first trip to Germany. See the link below for more information on the project and the books used.
The concept of an augmented reality is not that recent but its application to Namibian children’s’ books is new. “Augmented reality is an extension of images, animations and other graphics to what already exists in the material world – in this case the book,” said NUST student Meshake Mwinga who will attend the conference together with Dan Ntwari and Erich Godenschweig. Mwinga explained how an augmented reality makes reading more fun. “Digital technology is very important in encouraging a reading culture because children can through their devices enjoy exciting animations and images that also help them to understand the books better and for instance, hear the proper enunciation of words or understand the meanings of words better through the animations,” he said.
In a short interview before their departure, the HTW students agreed that being part of this project exposed them to more than the challenges of coding and also provided them with the opportunity to see Namibia.
Click here for more information on the conference in Berlin.