HISTORY fans and technology whizz-kids will be interested in a new mobile app launched in the University of Limerick by Minister Jan O’Sullivan.
‘Ireland Under Siege’ is billed as an immersive e-learning tool that uses ‘augmented reality technology’ to allow users to walk around key historical siege sites in Limerick and interact with them through their smart phone camera.
The app, which is free to download, allows smart phone users to experience the times of battles and siege warfare and aims to enhance students’ and other users’ understanding of historical developments and events during 17th century Ireland that brought conflict to Limerick and other sites around Ireland.
It is hoped the app will also contribute to users’ knowledge of the historical forces that shaped contemporary Ireland by finding historically important locations and providing them with resources such as maps, graphics, and illustrations of individuals, weaponry and fortifications
Ms O’Sullivan said the app and accompanying website were “tremendous 21st century tools that both enhance our knowledge and provoke our curiosity about 17th century events that left an indelible mark on Ireland”.
“I sincerely believe that the application of technology in all areas of learning, from primary to third level, can deliver tremendous benefits. This wonderful phone app and website is proof positive of that potential,” she added.
The app was developed in cooperation with the National University of Ireland Galway and the Royal Irish Academy and funded by the National Association for the Integration of Teaching and Research.
For more see www.irelandundersiege.com.