Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. (Wikipedia). Augmented reality has become a real buzzword lately. Users are constantly demanding fast, more capable tablets and phones. As such, portable devices have become capable of more complex task. To the point where augmented reality can be done on a smart phone. New apps allow users to interact with the real word. Games like Ghostbuster: Paranormal Blast allow players to catch ghost based on their actual surrounds. Likewise, Real Strike allow player to pick one of two teams and play capture the flag with real word location.
There are all sorts of educational possibilities with this sort of technology. For instance, an app could be created that allowed children to collect certain supplies for on their mobile device. Real world locations could be chosen that had those supplies. For example collecting wood from a variety of wooded areas, or collecting food from known areas where edible plants exist. By collecting certain supplies student could get levels, or build objects that they could pin to a certain locations. For instance a team fort or a class castle. Levels could be used to help students create new things or be pointed to new places to explore. Classes could compete to create larger castles or battle each other using augmented reality. This kind of app could get students outside and exploring. Educators, administration, and parents could plan out safe places for students to explore, for example locale parks and school grounds.
There are also many classroom applications. The android app LandscapAR allows users to create their own islands by drawing circles. Several circles inside one another indicates height (as it does on a map). The map creates an image of the designed island that users can then view. This sort of app is a great way to teach students about maps, height and geography.
For more apps available check out John Corpuz’s 12 Best Augmented Reality Apps
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