Augmented Reality for Learning & Teaching


The more I play with Augmented Reality or AR as it's known, the more I think this is an exciting technology to use in the classroom. I think over time this technology may be used more frequently, as more educational augments are created by companies and by the teachers themselves.

What is Augmented Reality (AR)? Augmented Reality (AR) is a combination of a digital or existing image or video which has been saved as an aura. This aura is then embedded on a marker (a worksheet, textbook, product or any other item). When the marker is activated by the aura from a website or app, an integrated image is created with the reality and the aura (which is the digital image).

What is a marker?​

The marker triggers the app / website into action. It is downloaded from a website and printed or found on a product. The app / website is then opened, and held over the marker. The app / website 'reads' the marker and the 3D image becomes active.(Copy of the AR Baby Rhino marker received at exhibit, is image on the left)

A photo can be taken of the two integrated images, creating a "new reality".

For example:

​​A. At the National Geographic AR exhibit visitors were given the 'AR Baby Rhino' augment marker. (picture on the right)

​​B. Download the iPhone app - AR baby Rhino, open the app, the camera opens, hold camera lens over the marker.

C. A cute 3D baby rhino pops-up and it can be "loved", tap its nose or stroke its head and the baby rhino moves and even sneezes. (Picture of the baby rhino on the left)

The National Geographic's AR exhibit was on display at shopping centres in Gauteng, then moved onto Durban and Cape Town.

See Live Augmented Reality-National Geographic video example on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0ojxzS1fCw

This blog is about augments that exist already that can be used to enhance the learning that takes place in the classroom. The augments are created by a vary of companies for a variety of subjects.

Bloodhound SSC AR (for Natural Science and Design & Technology)

The Bloodhound SSC vehicle is hoping to break the land speed record in South Africa. Find out more and register your class or encourage children to register at http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/

​​ There is a great Bloodhound AR, download the app and print the marker on this website at http://www.bloodhoundssc.com/sites/default/files/Bloodhound_SSC_AR_Trigger.pdf

Learn AR (for Natural Science and Language)

LearnAR uses augmented reality for various educational topics.

Download and print the various markers, use your laptop with a camera to view the printed markers and see the 3D images.

The language game, is shown below - http://www.learnar.org/english.html​

Learners can view the 3D images of the internal organs and arms, as well as explore ​​radioactivity and chemistry; and even play a language game.

Go to the website to print the markers

See the various learning options: http://www.learnar.org/