3 ways to incorporate Augmented Reality in the classroom

A man is using an AR headset to solve mathematic equations.

Augmented Reality has been coined as one of the top education trends, with more than 1 billion users expected to try Augmented Reality by 2020. (Source)

What is Augmented Reality?

With augmented reality, users are able to turn static content into an immersive experience, where images and objects that reside in the “real world” are enhanced with overlays that could include coordinates, videos, gamification, animations, and more.  Neurosurgeons can simulate complex surgeries, potential customers can explore products more in-depth, Snapchat filters can be applied to images for an added laugh, and students can explore and connect at a deeper level.

Three Ways to Incorporate Augmented Reality in the Classroom

  1. Scavenger Hunts

Students can use Augmented Reality with their phones or tablets to answer and explore a series of questions or tasks.  For example, students can use an app like AugThat! to scan images on a bulletin board and explore the topics further.  Teachers can also arrange for the overlays to include coordinates to different areas next on the list to explore.

  1.  Allow Students to Create their own Models and Augmented Reality Experiences

By using Augment in the classroom, students can create 3D models that they can visualize in a real environment.  
Students can also take control of their learning by creating their own Augmented Reality experiences with HP Reveal.  By using HP Reveal, students can create easy-to-use videos or diagrams to explain mastery of concepts on their designated trigger image.

  1. Whole Group or Station Work Discoveries

Turn your front-of-the-classroom display, like Promethean’s ActivPanel, into a station or whole group discussion with augmented reality!  Students can explore inside the human body with apps like Virtuali-Tee, or even use Quiver to bring coloring pages to life!  By launching the Promethean Screen Share App, the augmented experience can be discussed whole-group or during stations and mirrored right to the front of the room for the entire class to see!

About the Author:  Lindsay Lemley is an Education Consultant for Promethean and resides in Austin, Texas.  Prior to joining the Promethean team, Lindsay began her career as a Kindergarten and Second Grade Teacher. Lindsay enjoys sharing her passion for incorporating technology into the classroom with teachers all across the country!