Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AR Explosion - A day using a Workshop Model with Augmented Reality

"Augmented Reality Explosion" - Using a Workshop Model and AR

Brad Waid
The other day I was talking with my class and I asked them "What Augmented Reality do we currently use in the classroom?"  In a matter of seconds my students were shouting out a ton of AR apps and the many ways we have "integrated" them into our classroom.  "We use ColAR for creative writing!" "We use Aurasma to augment our Writer's Workshop Composition Book!", "We've done book reviews with Aurasma", "We use "Fetch! Lunch Rush for Math"...and on and on.  I was amazed by my students knowledge of Augmented Reality and the ownership they had on our learning.

A day in our room
Well, I was going through my stuff and I realized I had so much more Augmented Reality things I had not even exposed my kids too and I wanted their feedback on it all.  So, I had an idea.  I was going to use a workshop model to expose my students to a lot of new AR in short amount of time and get their feedback.

Here is what I did.  I set up 4 AR "stations" that each had a new Augmented Reality interaction for them to experience.  I brought them all to the carpet and told them what I was asking from them and what our mini- lesson was for the day.  They were to have the AR experience and think about how they could "integrate" it into our curriculum in the classroom.

I have a 2:1 iPad ratio in my room, but you could modify the management based on how many devices you have in your room.  Two students share an iPad and this is how they managed it.  One student was at an AR center and was having the "experience" and when they were finished they would go back to work on their analog reflection piece and trade places.  They were given about 4-5 minutes at each station.
Robot Programming/Coding AR

Each student was given a paper that asked them to share and reflect on their experience and talk about what they liked the best and how they could integrate it into the classroom.   After the students had been to each station and recorded their feedback, we returned to the carpet where they shared their experience with a partner.  We then had a class discussion about their ideas and what they came up with.

The responses from the students were incredible.  They helped me get a clear idea on how to create the lessons and how I was going to integrate them into our curriculum.  I know had the power of AR and the desire from my students to learn and take ownership in not only their learning but in the development of the instruction as well.

This design has become somewhat common in our room and the students are very responsible for the integration, of not only AR in the room, but how we use technology in our room.  We have a small section of my dry-erase board (needs to be bigger now..haha) that we add notes too when we come up with technology or AR ideas to use in the classroom.

AR Flashcards 

Here are what we had at each station

- Space & Solar System AR App
- Robot Programming and Coding AR App
- Nasa 3D Spacecraft
- AR Flashcards

Stay tuned for more "AR integration" ideas and student driven learning


  1. Hey, Drew and Brad. I've been browsing through your content, and it is really amazing. However, I don't know if any of your readers has ever commented how hard it is to read the post with the font you've chosen for your blog. Any chance you might consider changing it? The reading experience here would really improve for us, your fans.
    Cheers from Brazil.

  2. This is exactly the kind of post that I love to read when it comes to tech in education. Many teachers spend far too much time talking about the tech (whether it's through digital medium or face to face conversations/presentations), and not enough about how they're letting students use it in an intentional and reflective manner. I figured we wouldn't have time to connect at the MACUL conference as Drew suggested outside of the quick "how are you?" conversations, so I've been keeping tabs on your blog to help get myself a bit more excited about AR. Posts like this help, as it's the application of the reflective learning process that makes AR tools, or any tools, valuable for deeper understanding! Thanks, Brad!