10 Free Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Secondary Students Part One

10 Free Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Secondary Students Part One

To all of the folks who listened in for my Simply K-12 webinar yesterday I promised to deliver a post which highlighted all of the free Augmented Reality apps that I spoke about in the webinar. So I will explain that there are two types of Augmented Reality apps there is the type that allows you to create your own augmented reality triggers and there is the type that has pre-created AR triggers that you print out. I will cover 5 apps into today’s post and another 5 apps I will cover in the post I write tomorrow.

App #1 LAYAR – use in all content areas


Layar is an app that allows you to create your own Augmented Reality triggers. You take something like a map or a photograph and upload it to the LAYAR studio and then you overlay content like hyperlinks, image galleries, videos, or app launchers.

App #2 Daqri 4D elements – use in chemistry class


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This app is useful in a science class. You can print out six pages of element blocks and cut out and glue together the element blocks. When you scan an element with the app it shows you what that element looks like in 4D. When you scan a second element it shows you whether or not element number one and element number two react with one another by making a ding ding ding sound — and the two distinct elements will change into a compound in Augmented Reality right before your eyes. This app has led to a high level of engagement in my classroom.

App #3 Freedom Stories – use in social studies


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This app has over thirty augmented reality triggers that are inspired by different historical events related to the Underground Railroad and Slavery. You can scan these AR triggers and see 3D versions of the Fugitive Slave Act along with pop up video narratives by Harriet Tubman. A great way to give primary sources context within the social studies classroom.

App #4 Zientia’s Geometry 101 – AR for math


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Go to the Zientia website and print out two AR markers. Then you can scan these AR triggers to give students a hands on manipulative experience with concepts like area, volume, prisms, and platonic solids. This app covers math content in a way that is appropriate for high school students.

App #5 Zientia’s Chemistry 101- AR for chemistry class


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The triggers that you can print out for the Geometry 101 math AR app also work with Chemistry 101. When you scan one AR trigger in this app a periodic table pops up and you are quizzed about the number of electrons in an element, its cation/anion charge, and its bonding patterns with a second element. It also covers more advanced topics like traditional and stock nomenclatures.

Some science, social studies, and math — tomorrow’s post will cover more science, language arts, and foreign language AR apps

New iBeacon App Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas

This app was developed by a fellow ADE Jay Anderson. It uses iBeacon technology to sense how close you are to different pieces of art related to the 14 Stations of the Cross in a church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The app has three different settings: meditation for children, meditation for adults, and the comments of the artists. Great use of the iBeacon technology.

Leading a Simply K-12 Webinar Tomorrow: Augmented Reality in the Secondary Classroom

Leading a Simply K-12 Webinar Tomorrow: Augmented Reality in the Secondary Classroom

For those followers of this blog who love Augmented Reality as much as I do, I will be giving a webinar tomorrow for Simply K-12 at 3:00pm est.
You can access the webinar at:


For those of you who are wondering what Augmented Reality applications I am going to present during the webinar, I will cover 10 different AR apps that can be used at the secondary level. All of these APPS are FREE. Also, within 48 hours of the completion of the webinar I will run a more detailed post about all of these apps. I touch upon every single content area and present AR apps that are applicable for math, biology, chemistry, social studies, language arts, and foreign language at the secondary level.

Here are the list of the 10 free apps presented in the webinar and you can look forward to a more detailed post about these apps later on in the week…
1- LAYAR (can be used for any subject)
2- Elements 4d by Daqri (chemistry)
3- Freedom Stories (social studies)
4- Zientia’s Geometry 101 (math)
5- Zientia’s Chemistry 101 (chemistry)
6- 4d Anatomy by Daqri (science)
7- World Lens (any foreign language)
8- Zoo Burst (language arts)
9- AR String (creative writing)
10- Interactive Periodic Table of Elements by POPAR (chemistry)

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Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses


Keeping my readers on the edge of emergent technology.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google ), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired.

Google has previously detailed a plan to build smart contacts that measure blood glucose levels in diabetics to provide non-invasive, constant feedback to both a wearer and potentially their doctor, too. This new system describes uses that could also benefit the medical community, like using input from the camera to spot obstacles and alert a wearer who has vision problems as to their whereabouts. They could also offer up vision augmentation for people with all types of ocular health, and even act as a next-gen platform for a Glass-like computing experience.

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AR Trigger Made From Tabloid Headlines in Jon Benet Ramsey Case

AR Trigger Made From Tabloid Headlines in Jon Benet Ramsey Case

This AR trigger was the work of a student of mine who created an Augmented Reality trigger based upon the tabloid headlines in the Jon Benet Ramsey case. This trigger when scanned with the app LAYAR leads to a Tellagami which asks the question: was Jon Benet murdered my someone close to the family? Someone that they knew through the pageant circuit?

AR Trigger to Jon Benet Ramsey Ransom Note Video

AR Trigger to Jon Benet Ramsey Ransom Note Video

My students create this AR trigger as part of an APP-Smash challenge that we were doing in our Forensic Science class. When you scan it with the app LAYAR it takes you to a Tellagami detailing opinions about the ransom note that was part of the case.

Sunday April 13th Episode #3 of the AR + AppSmash Chronicles Featuring Brad Waid

Brad Waid

Episode #3 of the AR + App-Smash Chronicles will Take Place on Sunday April 13th at 8:00 est

To join us LIVE in the Google Hangout click on the following link:


Here is the link to the live broadcast on the You Tube Channel

Here is some background info about our guest:
Brad Waid is a highly sought after speaker who engages his audience

with his passion, humor, mind-blowing demonstrations all while

sharing the power of technology and how it can transform the way we

learn, teach and lead. He is an industry leader in Educational

Technology and in Augmented Reality. Brad is an expert in applying

technology into the educational field and is on the leading edge of

emerging technologies. He is one of the Co-Founders of AR Detroit, a

monthly meet up where industry leaders and visionaries come together

to talk about the application and future of Augmented Reality. Brad is

also the Co-Founder of Two Guys and Some iPads blog, an

internationally viewed blog from over 120 countries and over 250,000

visitors. He has been honored by the National School Board

Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in Educational Technology. In

addition, he is the Co-Host of the wildly popular and number one rated

“Two Guys Show” on the EdReach Network. Brad’s knowledge of

educational technology and his passion to inspire educational change,

makes him a highly sought after speaker who makes an impact where

ever he goes.

Day 20 of Google Glass in the Class

On Day 20 of Google Glass in the class my students were having an app-smash battle in teams. They created Augmented Reality triggers in the app LAYAR based upon tabloid headlines in the Jon Benet Ramsey case. Glass has the ability to scan these triggers with the “okay glass scan this command” which searches the area for augmented reality content. Then the AR linked to a You Tube video. You can play the You Tube video my doing a two finger tap on the wearables. Students also had to show a teacher who had never used the Glasses before how to make them work. Knowledge is tactile in the 21st century…

Day 19 of Google Glass in the Class

In this video I screencast how to use the new Glassware beta app — Ask Open Data. I am going to use this with the Wolfram Alpha Function to teach an Algebra II lesson tomorrow. Wearables are changing how students process information in the 21st century classroom.