John Martin is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. With a background in technology, art, writing, and outdoor education, and with a commitment to environmental and social sustainability, he investigates tools of inquiry and expression that promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the social and physical space(s) we inhabit.
Since 1993, he has helped run a wilderness camp in Maine. There he noticed that when people actively engage their bodies in personally and culturally meaningful physical places, they can learn a lot. To meld his research with his passion for the camp, he researches augmented reality games that use GPS-enabled handheld computers to physically and socially situate players in culturally meaningful (and geographically real) game space.