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Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality

by Kelly Walsh on July 21, 2015


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Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today.

Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using this powerful digital technology.

Shaw Wood Primary School use Aurasma throughout the school, and it has been adopted by teachers, parents and pupils alike.

Here a student from Mashpee High School introduces numerous 3D designs that students there made and combined with Augmented Reality to demonstrate.

Chemistry AR allows students to learn the interaction of the different elements of the periodic table in a totally cool way!

Educator Adam Newman shares AugThat!, an AR application he created to “change the way our students learn and expand their imagination”.

Several teachers discuss how augmented reality activity sheets and other AR constructs can truly engage, excite, and differentiate instruction of every child.

Last, we see zSpace, an amazing new tool set using AR to 3D render images in school labs:

So there you have it, a quick look at the exciting possibilities or Augmented Reality in the educational setting!

To gets hands-on with AR yourself right now, give Aurasma a try. It’s free for iOS and Android devices. After you download it, open it and allow the app to use your camera, then go to this page and scroll down and use the painting “aura” to see it in action – note that you don’t have to create an account to do this, just click ‘skip’ when prompted to do so. Pretty cool right?


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Daisy December 6, 2016 at 6:56 am

Hi. Thank you for your post. The apps for children look incredible. I really want to use augmented reality in learning process. I found a blogpost about education and augmented reality too for children. Do you think it is important use AR or VR for education? I hope kids will like school with AR.

Adam Newman November 11, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Hi Kelly.
Great article and thanks for highlighting my company Augthat! I would love to chat when you get a chance. Let me know what works best for you.


Brannon August 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

And not too long ago I was talking to my wife about how augmented reality is changing education for the better. I figured by the time my daughter gets to high school, it might just be done from home with an augmented reality headset.

She could put on the headset and still be in class with other students. That’s why I’m hoping HoloLens is as good as people have been reporting. If Microsoft nails it at some point in the near future, it can be a game changer.

Kelly Walsh July 21, 2015 at 9:35 am

My pleasure – thanks for the feedback Pip!

Pip July 21, 2015 at 8:50 am

Mindblowing stuff! I’ve seen a little of Aurasma but it’s great seeing all these examples put together in augmented reality. Thanks for sharing!

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