US – The educational app, debuted at SXSW 2019, uses augmented reality (AR) to spotlight women that have made history.
With many American history textbooks focused on the influence of men, Herstory aims to redress the balance by celebrating the female figures often omitted from the educational syllabus. Now, schoolchildren that have downloaded the app can scan the pages of A History of the US, Book 5: Liberty for All? 1820-1860, with the app superimposing the stories of one of 75 featured female figures from that same period.
‘Technology and education are becoming more and more symbiotic, and augmented reality is the perfect tool to bring to life the missing stories of women’s role in history,’ says the app’s creator Margaret Johnson, partner and chief creative officer at Goodby Silverstein & Partners.
Though Herstory is currently limited to one textbook, in future, AR could be used in a similar manner to bolster education programmes and encourage study with a layer of technology – especially with the rise of Young Bibliophiles.