Augmented Reality

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What is Augmented Reality?

What if your classroom came alive just like the hallways in Harry Potter? Would your students be more engaged and ready to learn? We believe so! Augmented Reality changes the way students interact with the world by unlocking digital layers that are embedded into flat, one-dimensional images. Travel with us as we demonstrate some of the activities that are currently available to students and teachers and imagine what the future holds for your classroom with Augmented Reality!

4D Learning - the Future is Now

To begin, let's take a look at a one dollar and twenty dollar bill using Aurasma.


Gabsee is a free app that lets you take a selfie and place a three dimensional avatar of yourself in the real world! Too much FUN!

Google Play Store

AR Flashcards Alphabet

  1. Download and print in color the Alphabet Flashcards from
  2. Download the AR Flashcards App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Open the AR Flashcards App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.

Ideas from Karen's Technology Locker:
-shuffle the flashcards and have students alphabetize them
-shuffle the cards, lay a limited number out, have students build beginning or ending sounds
-shuffle the cards, lay them out and have students spell their name (you may need two decks of cards)
-print two sets of cards and play memory
-count the legs of each animal
-identify the color of each animal
-identify the number of syllables in each animal word that is on the flashcard

Ar Flashcards Shapes and Colors ($2.99)

  1. Download and print in color the Shapes and Colors Flashcards from
  2. Download the AR Shapes and Colors App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Open the AR Shapes and Colors App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.

AR Flashcards Space ($2.99)

  1. Download and print in color the Space Flashcards from
  2. Download the AR Space App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Open the AR Space App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.

Note: AR Flashcards has recently added a free version of AR Space, however, there are ads associated with the app.

AR Flashcards Addition ($3.99)

  1. Download and print in color the Addition Flashcards from
  2. Download the AR Space App from the Apple Store.
  3. Open the AR Addition App and press Get Started.
  4. Hover your device over a flashcard. Make sure you touch the image when it appears.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce is an interactive, augmented reality book (purchased separately from Amazon or bookstores). Students young and old will be engaged as they read the book and use the app to bring the story to life.

Owney the Dog: Tales from the Rails

This app features Owney, the official mascot of the United States Postal Service, travels around the United States visiting various Post Offices. Travel with Owney as he earns new tags during his visits.
Click here to download the curriculum guide.

The Dot

  1. Download and print the Dot coloring page from the
  2. Download the Quiver App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Have students color a picture related to your curriculum inside the Dot. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
  4. Open the Quiver app and watch your picture come to life! Touch the purple circle to see more images.

Coloring Pages for Creative Writing

  1. Download and print any of the coloring pages from the Some of the sets of pages require you to make an in-app purchase.
  2. Download the Quiver App from the Apple or Google Play store.
  3. Have students color one of the pages. Be careful not to color over the black outlines too much.
  4. Have the students write a creative story based on their pictures.
  5. Open the Quiver app and watch your picture come to life!

  • Tennis shoe - "When my tennis shoes came to life..."
  • Hot air balloon - "My hot air balloon took me to..."

Other Educational Quiver Coloring Pages

There are other Quiver coloring pages available, including the following:

  • Design a Flag
  • Earth
  • Plant Cell
  • Animal Cell
  • Volcano
  • Platonic Solids includes 6 different solid figures. The first page is free, but there is an in-app purchase for the other 5 pages.

Quiver Education - 3D Coloring App ($7.99)

The Quiver Education - 3D Coloring App includes all of the current and future paid, in-app purchases.

Quiver Fashion

Quiver Fashion was recently added to their website. The pages include Fashion Models and Fashion Show.

NASA Spacecraft 3D

Spacecraft 3D gives students the opportunity to learn about and interact with spacecraft that have been used to explore our solar system, study Earth and observe the universe.

  1. Download the trigger/target image from NASA.
  2. Download the app for IOS from the iTunes Store. The Android app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
  3. Hover your device over the trigger/target image to discover the various spacecraft used by NASA.

Popar Smart Charts

There are currently 6 Popar Smart Charts available for purchase on their website. The include:

  • USA Capitals and Presidents
  • World Map
  • Human Anatomy
  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • The Solar System
  • Geography and Nations

Freedom Stories

The Augmented Reality Freedom Stories highlight the activities of the participants from the Underground Railroad. Download and print in color the Freedom Stories cards from the Harriet Tubman Institute. Hint - click on one of the cards to download the entire series in PDF format. The app can also be downloaded from this site or the iTunes store.

Amazing Space Journey

Explore the Solar System via the Amazing Space Journey app. Download the board here.

SkyView® Free - Explore the Universe

Point your iPhone, iPad or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites and more! There are in-app purchases for satellites and star-gazing music.

SkyView® is available for $1.99 and includes many more features, including the ability to see the night sky via your Apple watch.

Star Walk ($4.99)

• Launch the Star Walk app and point your device at the night sky. As you move your device, the star map updates in real time.
• Tap the Augmented Reality icon in the upper right corner to add the image from your camera to your sky view.

This app does not use a trigger image.

Star & Planet Finder

The Star & Planet Finder app guides you to view stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the sky. Choose a planet from the list and move your device according to the pointer display.

This app does not require a trigger image.

Elements 4D

Explore the chemicals in the Periodic Table of Elements as you learn about Chemistry!
Download and print the six cubes from Daqri (cardstock works best).
Download the Elements 4D App.
Scan one side of a cube to see the element come to life. Combine the elements on two cubes to see what the two elements form.

Elements 4D Lesson Plans for all elementary, middle and high school classes.

Elements4D - Exploring Chemistry with Augmented Reality by Richard Byrne.

Hint - You can purchase wooden blocks at hobby/craft stores that are the same size as the cubes. Modpodge the printed cubes onto the wooden blocks.


The Geometry101 app allows you to examine, from different points of view, different geometric shapes and their features.

This app does not require a trigger image.

Disneynature Explore

Explore 5 different 3D animal adventures -- Brown Bear, Monarch Butterfly, Chimpanzee, African Lion and Loggerhead Sea Turtle. There are 4 activities for each of the animals. Download the app here.
This app does not use a trigger image.

Cyberchase Shape Quest

Cyberchase Shape Quest by PBS includes three math-based games focused on geometry, spatial reasoning and problem solving. The app and game board can be downloaded from the PBS Kids website.

The Tortoise and the Hare ($2.99)

Print the coloring pages, let the students color the two characters and then let them watch the fable come to life by using the The Tortoise and the Hare app on a device. There is an in-app purchase to unlock more levels of the story.


Chromville Science - Chromville Science joins art, technology, science and the eight Multiples Intelligences, promoting the development of kid’s creativity and their motivation for the learning process according to their needs and preferences.

Scroll down to the third lesson - virtual plant lesson

Our Discovery Island: Phonic Tricksters

Phonic Tricksters by Pearson English teaches letter sounds by having the child chase and capture Tricksters with the camera on their iPhone or iPad. There is an in-app purchase to release more Tricksters if desired. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

AR Liver Viewer

The AR Liver Viewer is designed for secondary and beyond students and medical professionals in order to give them a more advanced look at how the liver functions. Read about the various tools included in this AR app under Features on the iTunes download page.
Download the trigger image here.

The Reality of AFib

The Reality of AFib provides students a realistic and anatomically accurate 3D model of a heart from the exterior and cross-sectional views.

Print the Target Image from:

The Brain 3D Augmented Reality App

Use The Brain 3D App to explore the tissues, structures and areas of the brain by moving the device over the picture.

You can choose to view the mind in AR or switch to a 3D mode within the app. Use your fingers to rotate the image.

Anatomy 4D

  1. Open the target image on the card.
  2. Look at the target image through the app. You will be able to see a detailed 4D model of the human body and view various biological systems, turning them “on” and “off” with the touch of a button. Download the app here.

More information and the trigger image can be found here.

AR Art

Aim your device at the target picture to watch the photo come to life.

Photos and the app can be downloaded from the AR Art website.

Crayola Color Alive

Crayola and Daqri have recently announced the new Color Alive Coloring Books and App. There are 4 coloring books available for purchase online or at many stores that sell Crayola products.
The available books are:
  • Mythical Creatures
  • Barbie
  • Enchanted Garden
  • Skylanders
  • Minions
  • Monster High

Sample pages to download:

Trial Download - dragon
Trial Download - fairy

Trial Download - WashBuckler

Trial Download - Barbie

Crayola Easy Animator

The Crayola Easy Animator lets kids create animated videos using their own character designs or use the characters in the app. When the character is scanned with the app, the design becomes a 3D character. The app also allows for voice narrations.
Retail price - $24.99

AR Puzzles

Augmented Reality puzzles by Ravensburger are available at Toys 'R Us and These puzzles are excellent to have in a classroom or library for students to work on when they have free time. Available puzzles include:

  • World Map
  • Underwater Realm
  • Animals of Africa
  • Times Square
  • Above the Roofs of Paris

Learn AR

Learn AR includes 10 Augmented Reality resources for multiple topics. Print out the trigger images from the website and use a computer with a webcam to view.

Häagen-Dazs Concerto Timer

Did you know that you should let your ice cream sit out for 2 minutes before you eat it? Well, the Häagen-Dazs Concerto Timer plays violin music for 2 minutes while you wait.
Scan a carton of Häagen-Dazs and enjoy!

Walking With Dinosaurs: Photo Adventure

Want to add a dinosaur to your next photo? Walking With Dinosaurs: Photo Adventure app pictures can be saved to your camera roll to include in app-smashing activities.


Zookazam lets you experience a jungle safari or be surrounded by dinosaurs.

Muppet Band-Aids® Magic Vision

  1. Muppet Band-Aids® are available from Amazon and some retail stores .
  2. Download the Magic Vision App from the iTunes Store.
  3. Point the App at any of the Muppet Band-Aids and forget about the pain!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles BAND-AID® Bandages

Use the BAND-AID® MAGIC VISION App starring Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to scan a box of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages box featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The app will then come to life with a variety of activities, including:

· Connect The Dots - Tap the glowing sphere to reveal the image

· Mix ‘N Mutate - Swap heads, bodies, and legs to make your favorite characters, or entirely new ones

· Tile Flip Puzzles - Tap the Foot Clan Ninjas to uncover a secret

· Spin ‘N Say Boards - Press the spinner to hear quotes from your favorite heroes and villains

· Toss ‘N Tap - Test your aim on pizzas, smoke bombs and water balloons

Extras - Use the app to scan individual TMNT bandages to unlock downloadable wallpapers from the show.

Squiggle Fish (2.99)

Use a thick black pen/marker and draw a fish on a piece of white paper. Color the fish in with any color(s) you want.

When you're happy with your fish, open the Squiggle Fish app and swipe down. Hold the iPad over your drawing. Watch as it magically comes to life!

Makes a great class pet!


Osmo mixes Augmented Reality with traditional board games for an engaging learning experience. There are currently four games available:




Pizza Co.

The Osmo currently sells for $99, $145 and $189.00, depending on which games are included in the bundle.

Virtual Reality

Google Cardboard

Turn your smart phone into a virtual reality viewer with the Google Cardboard Viewer (available on Amazon) and any of the Cardboard Apps now available.
Google Cardboard App

Top 20 Google Cardboard Apps You Can Download Now!


The HeartCam app is for entertainment purposes only. Click here for a Valentine's Day Apptivity idea using this app.

Augmented Reality Basketball

  1. Point your device’s camera at the marker using the AR Basketball App (free).
  2. You'll see the hoop on the marker's place.
  3. Swipe and score points.

Get the marker here.

Math activities to use with AR Basketball from the Techie Playground.


The Ikea Catalog gives shoppers a virtual preview of what their furniture would look like in a room.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers includes several Augmented Reality activities/lessons. The following are links to free activities that can be downloaded. There are other Augmented Reality lessons available for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers. Type Augmented Reality into the search box to find them. Check the site often to discover newly added activities! You must create a free account in order to download.

Create Your Own With Aurasma

The Aurasma App for iPads and the Aurasma Studio website provide educators the ability to create their own augmented reality activities and lessons. The following videos include step-by-step directions for using Aurasma.

Aurasma on a Computer Tutorial

Aurasma on a Computer Tutorial

Aurasma on iPad

There are other tools currently available for creating Augmented Reality and there will available more available in the future. Below are links to sites that for creating Augmented Reality.


Daqri Studio


Virtual Reality

Virtual Tour of Mount Rushmore

Visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial with this awe-inspiring virtual tour created in partnership with the National Park Service. The tour includes narration, 360° images, maps, 3D laser scans and illustrations.

View-Master Virtual Reality

Check out the world of virtual reality with the View-Master Virtual Reality and enter various 360-degree environments.
1. Download one of the View-Master VR apps to your smartphone

2. Place a smartphone into the viewer, look at the Preview Reel and simply click the lever to launch the VR experience.

Purchase the Starter Kit from Amazon for $12.59.


The New York Times Virtual Reality App lets you immerse yourself in the stories from their award-winning journalists. This app is available for IOS and Android.

Google Street View

Google Street View uses Google Maps and Google Earth to allow users to visit locations throughout the world. Take your students to a National Park or a famous museum with this IOS and Android App.

Make a 360 Degree VR Image in Facebook

Facebook can turn your panoramic pictures into a 360 degree VR image. All you have to do is upload an panoramic image and then your friends and family can view the picture by tilting their phones, or by dragging their finger or cursor around the photo.

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