ARCore is Coming to Acer Chromebook Tab 10

Google enhances the educational capabilities of Chrome OS by adding ARCore to Classroom app.

The recently launched Acer Chromebook Tab 10 has the distinction of being the first tablet to run on the Chrome OS. The tablet supports educational platform Classroom, which Google are now enhancing with the addition of ARCore.

ARCore was launched earlier this year, as both a successor to the earlier Project Tango and an answer to Apple’s ARKIt. The augmented reality (AR) toolset gives developers much more flexibility when it comes to creating AR apps, something that Google are keen to take advantage of for education in Classroom.

The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is capable of supporting these new AR features, which means teachers and other educators can do thinks like place active volcanoes on a student’s desk, or show a DNA helix spiralling before them.

For teachers who have access to Google Cardboard or Google Daydream headsets, there are some now features available in virtual reality (VR) as well. 30 new activities and lesson plans have been added to Google Earth for use in VR. This allows students to go on a virtual safari in Africa, or explore Paris or New York City.

Google Drive has been integrated into the Classroom app, so students will be able to save photos and assignments from these virtual adventures through the cloud for later editing.

The Classroom app will see some other smaller general-purpose upgrades, such as the ability to set margins or hanging indentations using Google docs. There are some other changes designed to make student-teacher feedback more meaningful. Google says is plans to implement Teacher Center training tutorials to help education professionals get to grips with the updates.

At the Google I/O conference earlier this year the company announced a range of initiatives that were designed for educational use, several of which incorporated immersive technology in some way, with the ARCore support in Classroom being another extension of this.

For future coverage of Google’s immersive technology projects, keep checking back with VRFocus.

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