Augmented Reality while not new is really starting to come into the classroom. I could not be more excited. Whenever I can I try and use QR codes or create them for the teachers in my school to use and this is the next step. Watch this great Common Craft video that describes what Augmented Reality is: http://youtu.be/D-A1l4Jn6EY
Thanks to the NJEA Teacher's Convention last week I was able to see some things I had been researching in action.
There are educators already using this in their classroom and I cannot wait to join them.
Uses for the classroom
1. A student created a poster and now they can add a layer in which they describe information in more detail.
2. Video tutorials of how to use apps
3. Video tutorials of practically anything.
4. Interactive classroom posters allow your students to see and hear word, word sounds, writing rules, proper grammar, and much more.
5. An interactive Word Wall is great for students to understand the meaning and spelling of words. You can put the students in control create the videos that put the words in a sentence or provide the definition.
6. Animate a mathematical problem being solved. Post the trigger image to your website and students can review at home.
AR Flash Cards: http://arflashcards.com/
AR Flash Cards is a free app for the alphabet and $.99 for Space.
The alphabet has 26 animals that come to life, 1 for each animal. (Included are also 6 dinosaurs.) Tap on each animal to hear the Letter and the name of the animal.
Students can interact with the animal to see it from different angles and take screenshots of what they are seeing.
First you print the flashcards in color, cut them out, and open the app. Aim the camera at the cards and it looks the images below. Students can move the card or iPad around to get different angles.
I brought this into you prek 3 and 4 year olds and Kindergarten as well.