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App of the Week: When augmented reality reacts with chemistry

By Stephen Noonoo
May 2nd, 2016

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Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of Graphite.org, a free service from Common Sense Education. Click here to read the full app review.

Elements 4D

What’s It Like? Elements 4D uses augmented reality to help students explore elements and chemical reactions. To use the app, first print special element blocks on standard letter-size paper in your classroom. Cut the shapes out, follow the instructions to fold them into cubes, and glue them together to hold them in place. Once the blocks are ready, you can hold them in front of your device camera so the elements they represent can be viewed in augmented reality.

Price: Free/subscription

Rating: 4/5

Grades: 6-12

Pros: Students get to play with blocks and learn about chemical reactions at the same time.

Cons: Downloads can be hard to find, and the app can be a little tricky to use.

Bottom line: An innovative, amusing way for students to test predictions about particles that would normally be too small to see.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is the current editor of eSchool News. He is a former consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.