Augmented Reality: Beyond the magic

Written by Paul Hamilton

Recently released technologies have allowed Augmented Reality to become more mainstream in schools. While ‘triggers’ and sharing them continues to be a challenge, there has never been a more exciting time for students to create AR experiences. Two of my favourite Applications, ARMakr and Cospaces, has allowed our students to explore AR and continue to identify particular times when it has a significant impact on learning and engagement. Here are some areas we have found AR to be beneficial. 

SPATIAL CONCEPTS 

When AR is used with concepts such as measurement, students can compare heights and distances. Creating objects like a swimming pool allows students to explore length, width, and height by actually building with both formal and informal units of measurement.  

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Z-1ypQvfnOo

WHEN THE AR OBJECTS HAVE A STRONG CONNECTION WITH PHYSICAL WORLD

Designing a new garden landscape or inserting new objects in a student’s bedroom creates authenticity. Designing and creating a new learning space is a good example of authenticity.

AR has been proven to be more effective when there is a strong connection between layers of digital and physical. 

Video Link: https://youtu.be/bKAygo-6ick

WHEN ESCAPING REALITY

AR Storytelling allows students to create portals into imaginary worlds. Some of the great stories involve these portals from 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe'.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/fzKqrc5sTjQ

WHEN AR CONTENT DELIVERS STRONG IMPACT

AR has the potential to trigger thoughts in the area of creative writing and social justice. Creating visuals that are to scale and that the students might not normally see can stimulate thoughts and ideas.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/RL-CBe7rctY

And: https://youtu.be/fUZwVbHilDI

Paul Hamilton will be presenting a keynote address and workshop in Brisbane (31 May) at the Digital Classrooms conference: https://nationaleducationsummit.com.au/brisbane-digital-classroom

He will also present a session in the Free Seminar program, as part of the Free Expo.

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