WILLMOT Public School pupils are taking technology outdoors to explore and share the rich Darug history in their playground.
School teachers and pupils will use augmented reality app Aurasma to create an Aboriginal heritage walk through a stand of Cumberland Plain Woodland at the school.
Assistant principal Damien Fenley said 40 per cent of pupils were Aboriginal.
"We have an endangered stand of trees which we have called a living link to our Darug history," he said.
"Because it was alive when the Darug were walking this area we wanted to unlock the history and share it through this technology."
With the app, students can point iPads at a tree or other object on the walk and a website link, a video or 3D animation — will appear on the screen.
Mr Fenley said the project was a joint initiative with the Department of Education and Communities and the University of Western Sydney.
Both have been endorsed by the United Nations as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.
"We're trying to unlock the layers to Willmot so instead of being 'Willmot, bad place on A Current Affair', it will be 'Willmot, with rich Darug history'," Mr Fenley said.
"There is a bad element, but on the whole most people are good people.
"What we need to do as a school as part of the cultural and social sustainability of the area is build a positive image — let Willmot be the best at something."
Assistant principal Stephen Bingon said the project was not just a technological treasure hunt. Students will also generate the content that will appear via the app, and it will be used in classroom activities in his year 5 and 6 class, such as the study of a novel.
‘‘We’ve got a generation that is very digitally savvy,’’ he said.
’’The previous generation simply flooded social media with anything and everything.
‘‘For this generation it is now very much a case of being able to discern what is worth listening to. I think that is why this content must be driven by them.
‘‘If we can bring some of our classroom into the lounge room that will be incredibly powerful.’’