Augmented Reality for Education

Augmented reality. Have you seen this before? I have used some augmented reality apps on my iPhone and iPad in the past, mostly dealing with identifying various stars and other celestial bodies and Jedi light saber training (don’t judge). It is pretty nifty and fun. Hey, did I ever tell you my philosophy of having fun while teaching/learning? If you follow my blog, you will see I talk about it often. Augmented reality fits right in to having fun… and learning!

Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world (via a mobile device), which gives the user a composite view. Think of it as a heads-up display for life, in a way.

How can you use augmented reality in the classroom? Plenty of ways, depending on the type of class. For example, there is an app (that I briefly mentioned above) that can map the stars. You just start the app, point your phone or tablet device towards the sky, and you can see a beautiful map of the starry night (or day). Perfect for an astrology class. Star Walk is a decent application for this purpose.

How about chemistry then? There’s an (augmented reality) app for that too. You could show students how chemicals react with each other, without the danger of explosions or other laboratory catastrophes. Fun! The same goes for anatomy classes. Want to explore the heart? Augmented reality can help.

So, hopefully you can see how augmented reality can assist you in the learning process. I have placed some links to some of the sites I looked at when doing the background for this week’s blog. Check them out; it just might be worth taking a look at them.

32 Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom From edshelf (

Daqri (

Anatomy 4D (


Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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