In this weeks tutorial we looked at augmented reality and how it can be used effectively in the classroom. Throughout the tutorial we discovered simple apps on the iPad that are effective in showing how AR (augmented reality) is a very real possibility for an engaging lesson in the classroom. The picture on the left shows a very simple application which allows users to colour in a picture, then use the app to make the picture come alive. This application is called colAR Mix and can be used as a fun afternoon activity for all primary ages. While this app is simple it allows students to be interactive with their work and they can see it come alive in the simplest of settings. It must be noted that AR is different from VR (virtual reality) as the latter is altering the environment only slightly, it can still be seen in the background. Conversely, VR completely removes the current environment and places the user in a different world entirely. Both realities can be used for exciting and engaging lessons.
As we progressed through the tutorial we had the opportunity to create lessons based on the technology and AR that was provided. A few examples include Spacecraft 3D, an app which allows users to discover and interact with various space crafts and sattelites that are being used right now. A lesson that can come from this app is a research assignment, students come into groups of 3, pick a space craft, and then use the app to discover its different parts and write a short report on what they are used for. This lesson was directed towards students in stage 3 and 4, as it uses some technical language.
Another AR tool was the Leap Motion, a simple tool that requires a hand to control the environment. This tool can be used for a variety of lessons, such as HSIE, students can enter a race to see how can get to a certain location the fastest. It can be used for a science lesson as there are many applications that involve animal dissection in a 3D world, very effective for young students who are not ready for physical dissections. This video will show how the Leap Motion can be used:
This Tutorial was great fun and gave great insight into how AR can be used in the classroom. AR can ultimately change how young people learn as it allows you to be out into an entirely different world without leaving the comfort of your current environment. AS the technology advances so to will the oppurtunities of future students.