The Last Supper: Virtual History

This app allows the user to move inside a three-dimensional re-construction of Leonardo’s masterpiece and to discover its secrets.

Using the iPad, we can enjoy a direct, literally “hands-on” relationship with da Vinci’s The Last Supper.  As if in a time machine, we can go back to the 15th century and climb da Vinci’s scaffolding to examine the still-white stucco, look at his paints and preliminary sketches, and re-live one of history’s most extraordinary creative moments.

The “Bubble Viewer” immersive solution turns the iPad into a sort of telescope that allows us to enter the painting, to experience the extraordinary perspective created by da Vinci in an all-round projection, to sit in front of the apostles, and even move behind them to see the view from the windows in the background. This is a totally new interactive experience, a completely new way of discovering this remarkable masterpiece.

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Child-Driven Education

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education—the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, Mitra gave kids self-supervised access to the Web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

iLearning

The iPad is helping to launch a revolution in learning and education. While the portability and long battery life are great features, the real benefits are in the touchscreen interface and software. The App Store provides a broad spectrum of applications that appeal to a wide range of learners. We all have idiosyncratic ways of learning, organizing, and demonstrating what we’ve learned. And the iPad is one of the most powerful tools we have in creating a customized learning experience. Historically, there has been a standardized way of learning, organizing, and demonstrating skills and knowledge. As a result, the diversity of human thought and expression was filtered through an educational sieve. While this may have been appropriate for the past, there is increasing evidence that this won’t be tenable for the future. Our digitally networked society is requiring people to apply their idiosyncratic forms of creativity, problem-solving and collaboration to the challenges of our times. The iPad is emerging as one of the most powerful tools we have for learning about and shaping the world we live in.