Augmented Reality (AR) is the latest thing in tablet fun. While not all AR apps are educational in nature, this technology is already being used to enhance learning thanks to some creative educational app developers. In the future, we look forward to this technology changing the way we learn and see the world.
If you aren’t familiar with Augmented Reality, a good overview is the video below from Common Craft Media:
Some AR Apps to Start With
In education, AR can be used with both smart phones and tablets to view real objects and printables to get more information. Here are just a few of our favorites with a short description for how they work:
Word lens is an app that allows the user to automatically translate foreign language signs. Just point your phone or tablet at the sign and you will see the sign as if it were written in English. You can watch a demo video here. Word Lens is available for iOS devices.
ColAR Mix is an app that brings coloring pages to life. Users download coloring pages from the QuiverVision 3D (Formerly ColAR Mix), then they color the pages. Then they simply point their device at the page, and the image comes to life with the colors that the user used! You can watch a demo video here. ColAR Mix is available for both iOS devices and Android devices.
Star Chart is a great app for learning about the night sky. Simply point your device at the sky and learn about constellations, individual stars and planets. Star Chart is available for iOS devices and Android devices.
Is a multi-purpose AR tool that not only acts as a viewer for AR that others have created, but it allows the user to create their own “Auras.” Creating your own AR experiences obviously takes a bit more learning, but there are tons of great resources for using Aurasma in the classroom that I have listed below. You can view a demo video here. Aurasma is available for both iOS devices and for Android devices.
Some Aurasma in the Classroom Resources
- Aurasma Tutorial Videos – (Resource is no longer available)
- Aurasma for the Classroom Prezi
- Setting Up Aurasma for Your Classroom
Look over the resources above, then in the comments below, please share how you have used or could imagine using one or more of these in your classroom. If you have other AR apps that you like, please feel free to share those as well.