Augmented Reality technologies

Augmented Reality technologies

ar flowBoeing researcher Thomas Caudell coined the term augmented reality in 1990, to describe how the head-mounted displays that electricians used when assembling complicated wiring harnesses worked. One of the first commercial applications of AR technology was the yellow “first down” line that began appearing in televised football games sometime in 1998. Today, Google glass and heads-up displays in car windshields are perhaps the most well-known consumer AR products, but the technology is used in many industries including healthcare, public safety, gas and oil, tourism and marketing.

Augmented reality apps are written in special 3D programs that allow the developer to tie animation or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality “marker” in the real world. When a computing device’s AR app or browser plug-in receives digital information from a known marker, it begins to execute the marker’s code and layer the correct image or images.

Index-Page_05Augmented reality Applications for Education

Augmented Reality apps allows users to engage in and create Augmented Reality experiences of their own. Educators and (more importantly) students can use this open source tool to essentially bring their learning to life.

Word Walls

Students can record themselves providing the definitions to different vocabulary words on a word wall. Afterward, anyone can use the Augmented reality app to make a peer pop up on screen, telling them the definition and using the word in a sentence.

Lab Safety

Put triggers (images that activate media when scanned by an AR-enabled device) all around a science laboratory so that when students scan them, they can quickly learn the different safety procedures and protocols for the lab equipment.

Book Reviews

Students record themselves giving a brief review of a novel that they just finished, and then attach that  (assigned digital information) to a book. Afterward, anyone can scan the cover of the book and instantly access the review.

Parent Involvement

Record parents giving brief words of encouragement to their child, and attach a trigger image to every child’s desk. Anytime students need to hear encouraging words from their parent, they can scan the image on their desk for virtual inspiration.

Year books

From tributes to video profiles, from sports highlights to skits and concert footage, the ways that AR can enhance a school yearbook are limitless.

Homework Mini-Lessons

When students scan a page of their homework, the page reveals a video of their teacher helping them solve a problem.

Faculty Photo Wall

Set up a display of faculty photos near the school entrance. Visitors can scan the image of any instructor and see that figure come to life, telling more about him- or herself.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Sign Language Flashcards

With AR, flashcards of vocabulary words can contain a video overlay that shows how to sign a word or phrase