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


elements 4D
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


freedom stories
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


geoemtry 101
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


chemistry 101
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


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