We’re Seeing an Explosion of Free and Low Cost Augmented Reality Tools for Education
Augmented reality (AR) has evolved in recent years and its application in classrooms is limitless. Educators don’t need to feel overwhelmed when trying to introduce AR in their classroom because there are many great apps that don’t require a lot of knowledge in the field. There are useful apps for every subject and there are also apps that when a teacher is ready they can create their own AR targets.
Augmented reality works well in schools because it brings close to real life experiences to the classrooms. It’s fascinating to see the faces of students when they have the opportunity to explore space, the human body, cells or chemistry elements. You appreciate how eager and engaged they become with some simple AR apps.
If you would like to learn more about integrating Augmented Reality in your classroom don’t miss our presentation at the Teaching and Learning with the iPad conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Here are 9 cool AR apps you may want to try in your classroom:
AR Flashcards – Alphabet (Free): App to help students learn the alphabet
AR Flashcards – Shapes & Colors (Free): App to help students learn colors and shapes.
Chromville (Free): Educational app using the eight multiple intelligences. Students color their characters and then they come to life with the Visual Arts app.
Barcy (Free): From the creators of Chromville comes Barcy, an AR app that explores water life and the water use.
Chromville Science ($4.99): Chromville Science joins art, technology, science and the eight Multiple Intelligences, promoting the development of kid’s creativity and their motivation for the learning process according to their needs and preferences.
Elements 4D (Free): AR Chemistry app that brings the elements to life. It includes lesson plans for all levels: elementary, intermediate, and high school.
Anatomy 4D (Free): Bring the human body to life with this AR app. Have students learn about the different systems and human anatomy with this app.
Arloon Geometry ($2.99): An amazing way to learn geometry! This app features 3D models with AR for most geometric shapes. By directly interacting with the figures, your students will improve their spatial visualization.
Arloon Mental Math ($2.99): Fun way for students to practice addition and subtraction without using paper.
Here are links where you can find more information about these apps:
- AR Flashcards: http://arflashcards.com/
- Chromvill: https://chromville.com/apps/
- Arloon: http://www.arloon.com/en/
- 4D apps: http://elements4d.daqri.com/ and Anatomy 4D