Augmented Reality Apps

Did you ever want to bring the magic of augmented reality to your class? With today’s technology, it is easier than ever to create mystery and engagement in your classroom. Augmented reality is most commonly used with a mobile internet-connected device. All the user needs to do is download mobile augmented reality app and point the camera at the trigger image or object and the virtual content appears on the screen. Basically, augmented reality maps virtual content onto a real-world object. Some simple augmented reality that you may already know about includes:

  • QR codes

  • Google image search - show in 3D and in your space

  • Snap chat features

  • Augmented reality enabled books and coloring pages


This article highlights 3augmented reality applications that you can use today, to bring the future of tomorrow into your classroom. These apps can be used as a station or during small/large group instruction to enhance the content.




Elementary/Middle Level Augmented reality coloring pages applications

Both of these applications provide users with FREE printable coloring pages that when triggered using the app will make the content come to life. All the user needs to do is (1) print the page, (2) color the page, and (3) scan the page using the augmented reality app to make the content come to life.


  • Quiver

Link: http://www.quivervision.com/

Educational pages

  • Volcano

  • Dot day

  • Animal and plant cells

  • Flag creator

  • World

  • Holidays


  • Chromville suite of apps (Chromville, Barcy, Chromville Science)

Link: https://chromville.com/apps/

Educational pages

  • Weather

  • Digital citizenship

  • Holiday

  • Under the sea


Implementation ideas:

  • Celebrate Dot Day with the dot day color page. Line the hall with students’ creations and do a gallery walk using the app.

  • Review cell structures of animals and plants.

  • Get creative and create your class flag or each small group can create a flag to represent their group.

  • Celebrate the holidays with augmented coloring pages or send these coloring pages as cards to loved ones.

  • Review weather concepts and get a character dressed for the day.

  • Have each student write a rule of digital citizenship on a coloring page and create an interactive bulletin board showing everyone’s rule. Watch it come to life by viewing the content through the app.



Middle Level/ High School/College Augmented reality applications

Both of these applications provide users with FREE printable pages that when triggered using the app will make the content come to life. All the user needs to do is (1) print the page and (2) scan the page using the augmented reality app to make the content come to life. Both of these apps are created by Daqri


  • Anatomy 4D

Link: http://anatomy4d.daqri.com/

Features:

  • Watch the human body come to life

  • See different systems of the body including circulatory, muscular, and skeleton.

  • Watch the heart come to life – zoom in and learn about each part.


Augmented reality brings content and objects to life by using online content to enhance an item, like a picture or object, in the real world. The possibilities are endless when it comes to integrating this interactive tool in your classroom.

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