Of all the H5P Content Types, the one that does not indicate its purpose in the name is the enigmatic Agamotto. Before diving into the what, try this example that shows how maps of Europe change over time (from an eCampus Ontario Workshop Pressbook).
The Agamotto is used to present a series of images (if comparing just two images, the Image Juxtaposition content type might be better) that are interrelated or represent a series of the same object, maps, over time. Or it might be of use to show different layers of an object, machinery with different diagrams, keys to seeing different parts of a microscope example, or perhaps, like an example from H5P, showing something at multiple levels of zoom.
The key feature is that it can collapse many images into one interface, rather than asking a reader to scroll up and down a page, but also, that the images blend into each other as the slider is moved. Another useful feature is that the buttons on the stops for each can be labeled (like Years above) and explanatory text provided below.
I found only 3 Agamotto examples in the eCampusOntario H5P Studio. One for Medical Terminology looked interesting for putting a lot of materials into one space, but it could have been done as Course Presentation (and a side note, this like many other examples here lack metadata, and I can see is using images that are not open licensed). The other two examples used it more or less to present something like a comic, so more like a storybook. Or it could have use to show photos of the same location in different time periods to compare the effects of climate change.
I found an Agamotto from an H5P site for Queen Mary University of London that compared how a web page changed over time.
From my memories of studying Geology, I could see use for learning to understand mineral identification in thin section, and use of the polarizing feature.
In a Pressbooks I cannot even tell you how I found much less anything knowledgeable in the content, Atlas of Renal Lesions in Proteinuric Dogs, I saw uses of Agamotto to identify features in microscope images. It might take some scrolling, but see Figure 1G in the chapter on Amyloidosis.
I’d be keen to hear of other use cases… they are not really easy to find.
Before You Agamotto
One thing to keep in mind is that the Agamotto tool does not currently meet Accessibility standards. That almost rules it out, unless you add to your book enough of an image alternative description in text. And in many cases, I can see replicating the functionality in the Course Presentation content type. The thing you do not get is the cross fade between images, but you would also have the ability to add some interactivity in the mix.
I was wrong here! Agamotto is listed on the current H5P listing as meeting accessibility standards.
What’s in a Name?
But what about the name? The only direct answer I found was the name of a Marvel character. I tried Google Translate, which guessed (as I would) that Agamotto is Italian. It translated into English as… Agamotto.
Thanks Oliver Tacke for commenting with the origin story.
I cannot say I have seen enough Agamotto, have you? Again, reply below if you have come across a good use case (In our April Webinar, Steel Wagstaff did show one comparing bones, but I have not been able to locate it).
Or if you know Agamotto’s back story (Oliver?), chime in too.
Oliver Tacke shared that a future version of H5P will offer a full screen mode button, see it in action on this German language example that includes a few Agamottos.
Also, see the femedtech Digital Quilt project for Agamottos that compare the front and back of four handmade quilts where squares were made by educators around the world (see as well some use of the Hotspot too).