Augmented Reality in the Kindergarten Classroom
As a former Classics Teacher, I love the Olympics. It warms my heart that an almost 2,800-year-old celebration of peace continues to unify humanity around the world. And as a Technology Teacher, I am so excited to augmented reality amplify the Olympic experience for audiences!
By now, I’m sure many of us have seen the NY Times’ augmented reality experience about four US Olympic athletes: Four of the World’s Best Olympians, as You’ve Never Seen Them Before (iOS11). In the article, you can explore the mechanics of an ice skating triple jump, the physics of centrifugal force on a speed skating turn, and the impact of a hockey puck traveling at 70 m.p.h. All thanks to a technology called augmented reality.
Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world. Think virtual reality without the goggles. It allows us to interact with objects, images, and in the case of the NYT, news stories. As our DCD Kindergartners will tell you, AR happens when you add animations to a real picture!
This week, Kindergarten students learned how to animate their coloring using the free Quiver app. I printed out coloring pages from the Quiver website, and students descended upon them with handfuls of colorful crayons. When they finished coloring, students stepped back from their masterpieces, and scanned their artwork using the Quiver app on their iPads.
And we watched as their artwork came to life! With the tap of a little 5-year-old finger, penguins skated on ice, fireworks lit up the screen, and fire trucks sprayed water!
There are endless applications for augmented reality in education. The Blippar app allows students to create their own AR experiences. Simply take a photo of an object and upload it into the app. Then add an overlay – a student video, music, or writing. When you scan the object with the Blippar app, the overlays appear on the screen!
If you’re interested in learning more about augmented reality in the classroom, comment below or Contact Me. I’d love to talk interactive bulletin boards and book displays for your school!
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