AR: Augmented Reality is a interactive way to engage and scaffold learning tasks in the classroom. Augmented reality requires a trigger point to produce another image, video which is then superimposed onto the environment. This type of technology is being used in advertising, museums and exhibitions. This is a relative newer from of technology which is being used in classrooms and I think the future of this in classrooms is very exciting.
I have already identified some AR apps which can be used in classrooms. But I thought a update and one post would help to consolidate this.
General AR apps
Aurusma: Free (all ages), This would have to be the most versatile of all the AR apps at the moment as it allows you to create your own trigger points and content. The content can be video, pictures, text or a combination. The classroom applications for this app are endless. Some examples I have seen:
Students work displayed near front office with a sign, ask out staff for a iPad to view students work. Parents can then view the student work through the iPad.
A trigger image is sent home and parents can view their child’s work through the app.
Students create their own book recommendation service with the book being the trigger point and a video of the student giving a book review .
Students create a community awareness of issues through campaigns using the trigger points throughout the community.
ColAR mix – Turn your colouring pictures into 3D reality. I have previously blogged about this app here, with a delightful video of my kids reacting to their pictures coming alive. The app requiters you to print go the colouring pages, colour them in and then when you view the picture using the app the picture comes alive.
String: Free – Print off the trigger images and watch the pictures come alive.
Literacy AR apps
Imag-na-o-tron: $6.49. This is my favourite app, it turns the book, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore (upper grades, early high school) into a interactive journey through the book. The highlight would be the 3D view of the library. There is a blog post here which contains links to other apps related this book here .
Two left feet. $3.79 (Primary). Based on the book two left feet by Adam Stower. Turn this physical story book into a Augmented reality experience.
AR flashcards – Animal Alphabet : Free (lower primary). This app turns each of the flashcards (which you print) into a animal which appears on the top and makes the sound of the letter. e.g./ the letter T has a turtle.
Zoo Burst: Create your own 3D stories (all ages).FREE The app allows you to watch the stories which have been created on the website. You need to sign up to the website and you can create one story on each free account.
Guinness World Records 2014 – Augmented Reality: Free. (all ages) However you do need the Guinness Book Of records 2014 version. There are certain trigger points in the book, when you view these through the app the content comes alive
Maths AR Apps
Cyber Chase shape race – Free (Lower primary). A shape game with a difference.
FETCH! LUNCH RUSH – Free. A AR app which allows you to create maths games. (lower primary).
Science AR apps
Science AR: FREE. Turn science concepts (the earth and the water cycle) into 3D images and videos. You will need to print the science posters to use as the trigger point for this app.
Chemistry 101: FREE. (High School). Play and learn the elements of the periodic table with this app.
Elements 4D by DAQRI : Free (High School). This app is part story and part game. It uses AR to learn about the elements.
Anatomy 4D: Free. You need to be over 17 to download this app. A science app which allows you to view Anatomy in 4D.
AR Dino Park – FREE (all ages). Release your imagination where dinosaurs appear to sneak up behind you. Could be used as writing prompts etc.
Dinosaurs Everywhere! A Jurassic Experience In Any Park! FREE (all ages)
Star Walk – $3,79. Have you ever looked at the stars and wondered what names they are, well this is the app for you. Point it to the sky and watch. (all ages)
Spacecraft 3D – FREE (all ages). Take your virtual spacecraft into your classroom.
Solar System AR – Free (all ages). Learn about the solar system with this AR app. Features all planets.
The Brain AR App – Free (all ages) AR app to learn about the brain and other parts of the body.
Some You tube videos which explore the use of AR
This you tube clip : Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality) TED talks is amazing and would be great to share with students.