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Tuesday Trends - Augmented Reality

Welcome to Tuesday Trends! This monthly column will feature trends in librarianship and education, and, we hope, will feature how NCSLMA members are integrating these trends into their own libraries and schools. Our first Tuesday Trends post is all about augmented reality - an awesome, hands on technology that is both exciting and engaging.

Make curricular connections with teachers in your building - introducing the tool to teachers in various disciplines with suggestions on how to enhance lessons they’re already doing is a great way to “recruit” new teachers to work with. Doing a weather unit? Use augmented pictures to show video of weather events that your students don’t experience in their part of the world. Have a math teacher looking for help reaching parents at home? Show off how to use AR demonstrate homework problems so they can help their students at the kitchen table. Have an English teacher who struggles to get students excited about Shakespeare? Embed clips from famous soliloquies so they can hear the cadence as it's meant to be. The arts might be the most fun, with AR in music, art, drama, physical ed, and more!

Below are some examples we’ve curated to show the power and potential of using Augmented Reality, but we really want to spotlight what our awesome NORTH CAROLINA educators are doing with this tool. Please comment below, or email us to share how you’ve used Augmented Reality and/or inspired other teachers to use it in the classroom. We will post any suggestions and examples to the blog as you submit! {This blog is meant to be powered by our members! We need to hear from you!}

Use these great articles and videos to learn more about how to integrate Augmented Reality in the classroom:

20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Kleinspiration - Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Two Guys and Some iPads Have a treasure trove of ideas on how to use AR at every grade level, for administrators, PTO, and more!

The Digital Shift has some excellent suggestions and video examples of AR in education

Free Tech 4 Teachers lists some ideas specific to elementary school

ELA/English Connections:

  • One of the most widely used example of AR in schools is for students to record book reviews (or similar) and augment an image to share their reviews. Aurasma is great for this activity.

  • Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is one example of how books can be enhanced using this engaging technology

Math Connections:

Social Studies/History Connections:

  • The Field Trip app by Google is like having a personal tour guide in your pocket! Great for discovering more about the world around you

Science Connections:

  • Explain Everything really can be used for any subject area, but the example used is about Space. This is great for teachers who want to help students at home needing refreshers while completing homework.

  • Anatomy 4D is a crazy interactive tool for teaching the human body

  • Even NASA has Augmented Reality apps for your space explorers

Art Connections:

  • TheArtofED has a wonderful post about the many uses of AR in the art room

  • Quiver is the updated ColAR app: see coloring pages come to life, including education content

  • Make a statue museum come to life

Music Connections:

Physical Education Connections:

  • There are many ways to use AR in gym, including augmented instructions at stations, peer reviews, and advocating for fitness in your communities

World Languages Connections:

  • See if you can wrap your brain around how Google managed to make a Translation App that is Augmented!


From a member:

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She received her masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused in emerging technologies and how they are used in education and libraries. Her current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

 If you're looking at websites and apps for Augmented Reality a great one to try is ThingLink. Found This user-friendly lets site students, librarians, and teachers upload images and embed information into each picture. The reality is the image and the information is the augmentation. Any item that can be linked can be embedded into the image. Describe a person in the photo with text, explain important information in an image with a linked article, record a video and link it to further describe with is occurring in the picture, users can even embed polls, anything is possible. With every link an icon shows up on the picture for viewers to float their mouse over or tap on with the app. ThingLink is an interesting site to view and interact with images. I have used it with descriptions of new locations and furniture in my library's learning commons. I am much more excited with how other librarians have used ThingLink. To mention just a couple one librarian has students take a picture of their favorite book and then embed information or video links into the picture to create an interactive booktalk. Another teacher used ThingLink to take students through steps in using Lego Robotics. Pictures had videos included with step by step instructions to successful robot completion. ThingLink is a great tool and a lot fun, easy and intuitive to use and students really enjoy using it. 

If you’d like to learn more about using Aurasma to create your own augmented reality, check out the tutorials we made at Quick Tech by ™, here and here.

Mollee & Tavia will be presenting about using Aurasma to do book talks between two different schools at the NCSLMA conference on Friday, October 23 at 10:00. We’d love to show you how Augmented Reality connects our students and is a tool that enhances important skills, enriches lessons, and creates co-teaching opportunities with teachers in our buildings.

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