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AR Apps For the Classroom

July 5, 2017

 

Last week we looked at a variety of apps and websites that you can use in your classroom in order to increase and support student learning.  This week, we are going to focus on four augmented reality (AR) apps that you can use right away.  Augmented reality is a great technology/tool to use in the classroom because it is extremely engaging and many students have not been exposed to it (making it all the more fun!).  When using augmented reality, you automatically have the students' attention, and can therefore use it to enhance and supplement the content.

 

EON Experience VR

 

Cost: Free

Platform: Android, iOs

Creator: EON Reality

 
Summary: Database of experiences that can be used in VR, AR or normal mode.
 

Pros

  • Immersive experiences

  • Wide range of experiences

  • Choose between VR, AR or normal Mode

Cons

  • Need to have the image marker for AR

  • VR mode is not the best for all experiences

Bottom Line

  • Using the app in AR or normal mode is most effective and will have the greatest impact on student learning

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

EON Experience VR is a great app with a wide range of experiences.  You can choose from different topics, such as Edutainment, Education, Anatomy, Biology, Energy, Engineering, Geography, History, Science, Space and even Math.  

 

IS IT GOOD FOR LEARNING?

Yes, EON Experience VR is a great app for learning because students can choose their experience and truly be engaged with the content.  The AR mode is extremely exciting, especially for the anatomy experiences because you can see a human heart right in front of you, and even pretend like you are holding it in your hand.   

 

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE IT?

It would be great if teachers laminated multiple image markers and kept them on hand or taped them to students’ desks for use.  Since the app is easy to open and navigate, teachers can easily have students go back and forth between the app and other work without much distraction.  For students that are kinesthetic learners and need to ‘physically’ see the content, this app will definitely engage them and increase their learning, and is a great alternative to showing 2D images and diagrams.

 

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Landscape AR

 

Cost: Free

Platform: Android, iOs

Creator: Weekend Labs UG

 

Summary: Create 3D renderings of landscapes using contour lines.

 

 

Pros

  • Students can draw their own landscapes

  • Create 3D renderings

Cons

  • The auto setting for the paper did not work

Bottom Line

  • Great app for students learning about contour lines and elevation.

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Landscape AR allows students to draw their own landscapes using contour lines, and then take a picture of their drawing to create a 3D rendering.      

 

IS IT GOOD FOR LEARNING?

Yes, this is a great app for students learning about contour lines and elevation.  At times the landscape rendered was not exactly as drawn, however, the idea and overall concept of the landscape was understood.

 

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE IT?

Teachers can use Landscape AR to have students draw their own landscapes and then create 3D renderings in order to understand that the more lines present, the higher the elevation.   Students can also create their own landscape on paper, create a rendering using the app, and then show the rendered image to a partner.  Their partner will then have to create a drawing of what they think the original drawing looked like, and then compare with their partner who made the original image.

 

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Anatomy 4D

 

Cost: Free

Platform: Android, iOs

Creator: DAQRI

 
Summary: View the human body in 3D

 

Pros

  • 3D, augmented reality

  • Zoom in and out by moving the phone

  • Can add or remove layers/ body systems

Cons

  • Only two images currently

  • Must use an image marker

Bottom Line

  • Great app for students learning the human body or heart.

 

 

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE?

Anatomy 4D allows students to view the human heart or body in 3D using augmented reality.  Students need to place the image marker on a flat surface, open the app, and point the camera at the image marker.  The human heart and/or body will automatically appear.  Students can move their camera around to zoom in and out, and even add or remove layers to be displayed.

 

IS IT GOOD FOR LEARNING?

Yes, this is a great app for students learning about the human body.  One of the best features is that the students have control of what is displayed, and that they can add or remove layers.  Therefore, if the students are learning about the skeletal system, they can display just the skeleton, however, they can then add certain organs or systems to see where they are located in the body.  Also, as students move their camera closer to the image, you actually zoom in and can even go inside the human body.

 

HOW CAN TEACHERS USE IT?

Teachers can use Anatomy 4D in a science class in order to teach about the human body.  Students can identify parts of the body or sketch the body/parts from the image.

 

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Aurasma

 

Cost: Free

Platform: Android, iOs

Creator: Aurasma

 

Summary: Scan images to make them interactive

 

Pros

  • Customize your own images

  • Interactive

Cons

  • To get the full use, you will need to create your own images/Auras

Bottom Line

  • Great app to make an engaging lesson if you have the time to create your own Auras.

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE?