True Crime-AR Eyejacked (LS-HR-271)

When someone mentions the word “Goodfellas” we all think about the mafia and Sicily. But what about the French mob and the Milieu? Organized crime began very early, and one of the gangs is known as The Bonnot gang. It led to the invention of mugshots and some other forensic procedures. Now, how does this fit into Math and algebraic expressions? And what does the term “Eyejacked” stand for?

The gang and the man behind a mugshot

The Bonnot gang, also known as the “Auto bandits”, was an anarchist group of men and women who,  in fact, invented the “getaway car” and were the first to use military-grade weapons in a criminal act. All this led to new things in forensics, the invention of modern mugshot pictures, including the use of galvanoplastic compounds to preserve footprints, ballistics, and the dynamometer, used to determine the degree of force used in breaking and entering. A police officer named Alphonse Bertillon used his knowledge to create some of these forensic procedures.

Eyejacked math

Using original mugshots of the Bonnot gang, made by Bertillon, with integrated Augmented Reality, elevates a static worksheet to an immersive experience. Students learn about the history of the gang using the AR app Eyejack while solving Math problems. They are provided with a mugshot book, consisting of 10 mugshots with corresponding QR codes. The QR codes cannot be scanned with usual QR scanners, they only work with the Eyejack app. When scanned, a mugshot becomes alive! You have been Eyejacked!

Each animation gives a Math problem with multiple choice answers. Each answer leads to a clue. By completing all the problems correctly, writing down the clues in the Who-What-Where worksheet, students get a final solution – Who committed a crime? What the crime was? and Where it was committed?

Using live worksheets makes students unaware of the main aim: practising math.

Students using the augmented reality app
students gathering clues
students solving math problems

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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on the Europeana blog and provided by the National Library of France.

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