Augmented Reality is a hugely engaging phenomenon that has never been more accessible. Explaining what Augmented Reality is, is a bit like trying to describe the difference between a 3D shape and a 2D shape. Seeing it and using it will give you a much better understanding of what it is. Essentially, augmented reality creates a three dimensional animation that can be viewed through the iPad’s camera. This creates the effect of the animation being a physical structure in the room with you that you can interact with through an app. Again, to show is much easier than to describe, and so this blog will do just that.
Before I dive in to my personal favourites, I feel that it is important to highlight the educational implications of augmented reality apps. Yes, the ability to use this kind of technology is impressive and engaging, but what does it bring to teaching and learning? Well, there are a number of ways that it can help to spur on creativity, story writing, research, computing skills and so on. I will explain each app’s potential and educational impact as we go along…
Tickle (Tickle Labs, Inc, free) is a free app that lets you program a wide variety of robots through a simple programming language and drag and drop visual interface, then control them from an iPad. Just some of the ‘bots and systems controllable by Tickle include the Sphero robotic ball, a wide variety of flyable drones, the Arduino open-source electronic prototyping platform and Philips Hue smart home lighting. You can also program interactive stories and simple games using a library of animated characters and sounds.
If your student is struggling with understanding the concepts of Geometry, you’ll be thrilled to know that higher grades are just a download away. There are many great geometry apps on the market today that can help them improve in a fun and friendly way. Easy to access and use, you’ll see a marked improvement with these popular geometry apps. From points, lines, and planes among other common concepts, the following 12 geometry apps for kids will give them the confidence they need to pass. Bring these apps into your home today, and combine them with concepts taught in school for the very best results from your child’s home and class work.
The popular interactive whiteboard app Explain Everything has recently released its newest version called Explain Everything 3.0. Besides attending to the aesthetic look of the app (changing the logo icon), EE 3.0 has come with some interesting functionalities that speak to the overall performance of the app.
Since the iPad in education continues being the number one requested topic on our polls. On this next post, on our ongoing series we’ll examine some of the top iPad presentation tools for the classroom.
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