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Augmented Reality tools for Educators


AR or Augmented Reality is quickly growing part of mobile industry. Bringing virtual models, videos and images into real-life surroundings is engaging and fun. We present here some examples of AR apps addressed to older and younger learners, engaging, fun and useful. Some are very flexible other are very easy to use. All add this small pinch of “magic” into the learning experience.

Aurasma

Most flexible!

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Aurasma is a popular augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world. With this app you can bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content called Auras. Aura can be any digital content such as video, animations and 3D scenes.

Aurasma provides you simple tools that allows you to create your own Auras and share them with friends and other Aurasma users all within the app. You can create Auras by choosing from thousands of digital animations already on the platform or upload your own photos, videos and animations. Auras can be geotagged and placed on the map to be discover by other users in specific locations. Finally, users can browse Auras to explore sections of the latest and most popular Auras.

Layar

Engaging!

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Layar allows you to scan enhanced print materials to view rich digital experiences right on top! You can browse and view thousands of Geo Layers to find stuff nearby, like ATMs, restaurants, historical locations and more! You can connect with links to web content and share items on social media.

Word Lens

Useful!

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Not available for Android

Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time! Use Word Lens on vacation, business travel, and just for fun. Buy language pairs using in-app purchase:

  • French to English
  • English to French
  • Spanish to English
  • English to Spanish

FETCH! Lunch Rush

For youngest

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Released by PBS KIDS, FETCH! Lunch Rush is an augmented reality app to teach math skills to elementary students through the use of visualization. The app brings virtual objects into life using phone camera and then teaches elementary students to add and subtract using real-world scenarios which allow for visualization while solving math problems. Simple idea that makes youngest engaged and learn through fun activities.

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ZooBurst

Visualize!

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This is an augmented reality app that helps youngest students learn through visual imaging. The idea is to interact with the content and become a part of a story. ZooBurst allows learners to engage in digital storytelling by designing storybooks complete with 3-D characters.

ZooBurst storybooks can be customized using a library of images and learners can add Adobe flash animations, narrations, and speech balloons to the story. Once the book is completed, students can become a part of the story via webcam. They can also click on the characters in the story to learn more about them.

Do you want more AR apps? Check this comprehensive list curated by Chris Beyerle.