Friday, September 6, 2013

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing

During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! 

I gave the students a choice to pick one of the several different coloring pages from the app Crayola Color Alive powered by DAQRI, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment: 

1. Have fun
2. Use your imagination

The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted. 

Once most of the class had finished coloring and writing their stories, I asked for a few volunteers to share what they created. I then took their coloring sheet and brought it to life using augmented reality! The student were in complete awe! One student said, "I felt like the dragon was going to come out of the screen!" After showing the whole class several examples, I handed each group an iPad so they could view and share their stories with their team members. 

The use of augmented reality in classroom creates an excitement like no other tool I have encountered before. It brings learning to life and pulls the students into the assignment. Definitely recommend downloading Crayola Color Alive and bring learning alive in your classroom! 

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  1. I love this! I think we will do the same but blog the stories instead with the ARed image.

  2. In app purchases are not so easy to manage on student iPads. Is there a "full version" of this app that will go around that?

  3. I know exactly what you mean. I don't think so but I can check with colAR. You could try tweeting them too. They are pretty good with twitter. :-)

  4. Great write-up! Writing is a talent, and it must not be wasted. As with everything that we had been entrusted, we should let it grow and share it with the world.>self directed education