For teachers who have always wanted to use augmented reality (AR)—tech that overlays content on top of the real world—but haven’t had the chance to explore it, Jaime Donally has heard you. In her presentation “Creating Classroom Content in Augmented Reality,” she gave attendees some inside help on which apps to use in the classroom. With programs ranging from beginner level to current AR practitioners, she offered 10 apps that can help educators get started with no coding skills needed.
The best AR apps for your classroom
Using the Virtuali-Tee (a t-shirt with code embedded on it) and the company’s app, students can take an in-depth look at the human body. They can explore the body’s systems and get a deeper understanding of anatomy.
2. Experience Real History (ERH)
Starting with the Alamo in 1836, ERH uses cards and Reality Boards, in addition to the app, to let users get insights into history. The cards feature individuals from the time period, and when two cards are viewed through the app, students learn how the individuals interacted.
This app allows kids to walk around their house, school, playground, etc., and “catch letters.” Then, the student arranges the letters into a word. Donally said the app is especially helpful for anyone who is struggling with spelling.
This program allows students and educators to create their own AR experiences by overlaying 3D models on reality. It’s not specific to any grade level or subject and can be used across many disciplines. It also comes with a few lessons to help teachers get started.
Another app that allows the user to be the creator, Metaverse lets users develop experiences on storyboards that they can share with each other. Teachers have used the app to create quizzes, scavenger hunts, and breakout rooms.
6. CoSpaces Edu
This AR-creation app has basic and pro levels that allow educators to create lessons across subjects and grade levels. There are development modes for beginners and experienced coders, so the AR can be as sophisticated as the teacher wants.
This app lets kids build on top of the real world as if they are set-dressing a stage. They can also share their creations with others through the app.
8. Merge VR
Not limited to classroom education, Merge VR technology uses headsets and a special MERGE cube to develop and deliver AR experiences for ages 10 and up.
9. World Brush
Here, users paint on the world and can share their creations with others.
With this app, students and teachers can type or speak instructions, and the program will create it.
While Donally understands that AR tech is still growing, she believes it’s important for teachers to integrate it, where applicable, in their lessons. “That’s our students’ future,” she said.
About the Presenter
Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into instructional technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.
Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of augmented and virtual reality with more resources at ARVRinEDU.com.
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