J2 Training- Janet Corder & Joan Gore


What is Augmented Reality

What if your classroom came alive just like the hallways in Harry Potter?  Would your students be more engaged and ready to learn?  We believe so!  Augmented Reality changes the way students interact with the world by unlocking digital layers that are embedded into flat, one-dimensional images.  Travel with us as we demonstrate some of the activities that are currently available to students and teachers and imagine what the future holds for your classroom with Augmented Reality!

To begin, let's take a look at a one dollar and twenty dollar bill using Aurasma.

AR Flashcards - Alphabet

  1. Download and print in color the Alphabet Flashcards from arflashcards.com.
  2. Download the AR Flashcards App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Open the AR Flashcards App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.

Ideas from Karen's Technology Locker:

  • shuffle the flashcards and have students alphabetize them
  • shuffle the cards, lay a limited number out, have students build beginning or ending sounds
  • shuffle the cards, lay them out and have students spell their name (you may need two decks of cards)-print two sets of cards and play memory
  • count the legs of each animal
  • identify the color of each animal
  • identify the number of syllables in each animal word that is on the flashcard

Note - The AR Flashcards Alphabet also includes Dinosaurs.

AR Flashcards Space (99 cents)

ColAR Mix

  1. Download and print in color the Space Flashcards from arflashcards.com.
  2. Download the AR Space Flashcards App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Open the AR Space Flashcards App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.
  5. Note - The students love to hold the planets in their hand!

The Dot - All Curriculum Areas

  1. Download and print the Dot coloring page from the colarapp.com.
  2. Download the ColAR Mix App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Have students color a picture related to your curriculum inside the Dot. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
  4. Open the ColAR Mix app and watch your picture come to life! Touch the purple circle to see more images.

Coloring Pages for Creative Writing

  1. Download and print the coloring pages from the colarapp.com.
  2. Download the ColAR Mix App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Have students color one of the coloring pages. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much!
  4. Open the ColAR Mix app and watch your picture come to life!
  5. Use the picture as a prompt for a creative writing assignment.  Example with the tennis shoe coloring page:  Guess What Happened When My Tennis Shoe Came to Life?

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing

Freedom Stories

The Augmented Reality Freedom Stories highlight the activities of the participants from the Underground Railroad.  Download and print in color the Freedom Stories cards from the Harriet Tubman Institute.  Hint - click on one of the cards to download the entire series in PDF format.  The app can also be downloaded from this site or the iTunes store.

NASA Spacecraft 3D

Spacecraft 3D gives students the opportunity to learn about and interact with spacecraft that have been used to explore our solar system, study Earth and observe the universe.

  1. Download the trigger/target image from NASA.
  2. Download the app for IOS from the iTunes Store.  The Android app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
  3. Hover your device over the trigger/target image to discover the various spacecraft used by NASA.

AR Puzzles

Augmented Reality puzzles by Ravensburger are available at Toys 'R Us and Amazon.com.  These puzzles are excellent to have in a classroom or library for students to work on when they have free time.  Available puzzles include:

  • World Map
  • Underwater Realm
  • Animals of Africa
  • Times Square
  • Above the Roofs of Paris

Cyberchase Shape Quest

Cyberchase Shape Quest by PBS includes three math-based games focused on geometry, spatial reasoning and problem solving.  The app and game board can be downloaded from the PBS Kids website.

Our Discovery Island: Phonic Tricksters

Phonic Tricksters by Pearson English teaches letter sounds by having the child chase and capture Tricksters with the camera on their iPhone or iPad.  There is an in-app purchase to release more Tricksters if desired.  The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers includes several Augmented Reality activities/lessons.  The following are links to free activities that can be downloaded.  There are other Augmented Reality lessons available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Type Augmented Reality into the search box to find them.  Check the site often to discover newly added activities!  You must create a free account in order to download.

Blogs and Websites to Follow

Create Your Own AR with Aurasma

The Aurasma App for iPads and the Aurasma Studio website provide educators the ability to create their own augmented reality activities and lessons.  The following websites include step-by-step directions for using Aurasma.

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