Integration of AR

Meaningful Integration of Augmented Reality in Education

Below you will find a list of ideas and apps to help meaningfully integrate augmented reality into education. This list will continue to grow as we collaborate with amazing educators on game changing ideas!

Grade Level: PK-2, ELL

This app uses augmented reality to engage the students in learning their letters. Highly recommended for early childhood educators and parents! AR Flashcards are a new way to interact and make Flashcards more entertaining for toddlers and preschoolers. With AR Flashcards, learning is fun! When you point your device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D animal will pop up on the screen. Tap the animal to hear the letter and animal name. 

Grade Level: K-3

This fun app uses augmented reality to engage students in solving addition and subtraction problems. Each math problem is timed challenging the students to increase their quick recall of addition and subtraction facts. This is an iPhone app but still works well on the iPad. Our students loved this game and can be used from 1 student - 4 students.

Student created book reviews:
Grade Level: All grades
Students can create short video book reviews of the book they have read from the classroom library or school library. Place a small sticker in the corner of the books with book review overlays. This will notify interested readers to view the augmented reality review. This allows the students to reflect on the book they have read while helping other interested readers in the process. 

Faculty Photo Wall
Personalize your school's entryway by hanging a photograph of each staff member.  Each picture (or name/text on the picture) could be an AR trigger that allows parents to learn more about each faculty member.  A great way to build relationships and P.R. using A.R.!

PTA Support/Recruiting
A special yearly message from the PTA president about ways to get involved or the PTAs mission could be posted near the main office.  Parents that were touring or interested in making the volunteering connection could reference the greeting via the A.R. trigger and put a face to the name. 

Grade: All
Teachers can embed rubrics for assignments or cooperative groups to reference anytime and from anywhere using A.R.  Just create the trigger using an image of a syllabus, Moodle page, assignment sheet or writing prompt; anything the students will have access to while working!

Learning Targets:
Grade: All
Learning targets could be embedded within assignments/projects in a similar manner to the rubric concept above.

Exit Slips/Tickets
Grade: All
You could add a trigger to exit slips that contains a work sample (exemplar) or link other content for students to reference like a lesson's learning target(s).  This would be a powerful tool to enhance teacher clarity and/or demonstrate high expectations for student reflection.

Words of Encouragement
Post photographs of past students or district administrators that are each linked to an encouraging message from that person...what a neat and meaningful way to welcome teachers back to school in the fall!

Mystery Reader or Staff Members
This idea could be used for I Love to Read Month or any other special occasion/theme. Post clues that point to specific staff members (i.e. favorite children's book, grade-level, hobbies, etc.) and use A.R. to create triggers that eventually provide the "answers" to the trivia.  (You could give all students the chance to solve the riddles prior to posting the A.R. answers.)

Student of the Month Showcase
We hang pictures of our students of the month; kids that are recognized for creativity, innovation or effort.  A.R. could be used to link a work sample or short acceptance speech from each student.

Parent Teacher Conferences (Before & After)
Before conferences students could create A.R. triggers and place the auras on their desks (name plates).  The messages/video from kids could share important questions that kids think their parents should ask their teacher.  
After conferences parents could record a message for their children in a similar manner.  (It will be important to get a few trusted teachers or the principal to record a special greeting for any student that's parents were unable to attend conferences.)

Living Art Gallery

Grade Level:All grades
Students create an art project in the style of a famous artist or genre. The project contains a video overlay of the student explaining their piece. 

The possibilities are endless here!  Record short clips of school assemblies or special events and link them to triggers in the yearbook.  Special messages from staff could also be integrated into the yearbook as Auras.

They say numbers can lie, and that any data could be manipulated to represent something different....allow students the chance to actually create Auras that show this.  A data set could be provided to the class, and cooperative groups could work to create different graphs that attempt to represent the data in different (and skewed) ways.  Everyone in the class could see the same data, but using A.R. would provide glimpses into how differently the data can be represented/graphed!  (Personally...I LOVE THIS IDEA.)  :)

Staff Meeting Agendas
Embed an agenda trigger into the snacks placed on each table so no more copy costs, and everyone can access the agenda.

Staff Meeting Agendas II
Print off meeting agendas and add A.R. triggers to show faculty learning targets or bios/info about guest speakers/presenters.  

If your school sends home positive postcards you could embed a greeting to students on the postcard image.  

Synonym/Antonym Hunts
Provide students flashcards or text from a story selection and challenge them to capture Auras/to link to the cards or books (synonyms, antonyms, etc.).  The same concept could be applied to creating a class story that's more interactive because of Auras embedded in the story.

Visible Thinking Routine: “Circle of Viewpoints”
Game Level: All grades
Each poster has 3 different pictures on a page. Each picture is of a different character. The students will create a video overlay on each picture with characters coming to life and sharing their perspective.

Visible Thinking Routine: “Step Inside”
The students write from the point of view of a character or person. In the past, students have constructed posters with their writing, and a drawing of the character. This year the students used Aurasma to act out and actually “step inside” the characters shoes. Each video was used as an overlay and their poster acted as the trigger image.

DHH (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Sign Language Flash Cards
Flash cards of various vocabulary words containing a video overlay showing how to sign that word or phrase. 

School Tours:
Grade Level: All grades
Students create video overlays to explain various areas of the school. (ex: School Garden, Play ground rules, Fine Arts wing, Main office, cafeteria, etc)

Boost Creativity in Writing
Grades: All
Unleash students' imagination and interactivity/collaboration using AR....students or cooperative groups could compose a story and let the reader choose between alternate endings.  This reminds me of how Hollywood will often film different endings to films to keep the storyline spoilers guessing!  
*Disclaimer: I have not attempted this next part yet, but one might try embedding triggers within triggers for a truly multifaceted writing experience; although I'd assume this feat would be most viable in the upper elementary grades or higher.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts around your classroom, school, or even community.

Community Events and Special Features

Create posters or billboards to promote exciting upcoming events and features. Have each section of the poster come to life with specific information about a school, event, sports recaps, highlights, etc.

Center based directions
If Students forget the task they can put it over a target in the center. Great for emergent readers that are not yet ready to read directions.The directions in the center will help eliminate disruptions and redirecting. 

Helping older autistic children master increased independence from their parents
She uses the office speaker phone for a demo: Point the iPad at the phone. Record a short video explaining how the device is used. Name the demo. Then snap a photo of the phone for the image-recognition software to recognize. Now for the fun part: As the child walks around the house, pointing the tablet briefly at an item, the corresponding video tutorial magically pops up.(

Open House Classroom Tours
Place a target or trigger at each center or area of the classroom. The overlay will show parents a video of students playing or performing tasks 

Quiver and Quiver Education
Grade Level: K-5

AR Coloring sheets that come to life! Print, color, and use your device with the ColAR app to bring the augmented reality version of your picture to life! Have the students use these sheets to create their own stories. Give the students a choice to pick one of the 10 different coloring pages from the app ColAR Mix, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. 

Using VOKI as an overlay
Grade Level: All
Some students are not allowed to have a visual presence online per parent request. Create a VOKI using, it’s an avatar site and you can attach a voice recording or text to voice to make the avatar talk. Since VOKI does not let you download your creation I used Camtasia to screen record my voki so I could upload it.

Interactive Word Wall
Make your word wall come to life using augmented reality. Have student created overlay on each word. The overlay can include definition, syllables, and correct pronunciation of each word.

Check here for more amazing examples!

Hole in Time

This project challenges students to discover history through the lens of photos taken by journalists over the years. Students will create original photos featuring 'location-matched' photos from the location’s history. The effect being a hole in time giving a present day 'peek' into the location’s storied past. This could be used in a community scavenger hunt, or special project. Take a new picture of the location and have the old photo be the overlay. For amazing examples from Frank Gettler’s CUE Rock Star session, search the #holeintime on twitter. 

Interactive Word Problems (Math)
You can post word problems (of the week, a wall, etc.) in the classroom and have groups of students create a device-specific aura on the way that they came up with answers. They can demonstrate their understanding in video format with manipulatives, pencil-paper, or whatever they need to solve the problem! Then, they can pair-share with another group to see different methods to solve the problem.

Meet the Class! 

Have each student create an “About Me” profile that includes their photo and/or a self-portrait in the first week of school. Overlay a video of the student telling fun facts about themselves, and you have an interactive display of student personalities for parents, students, and other staff members to “meet” on Meet the Teacher night! 

Augmented Puzzles for Curriculum Night

Give each student a blank puzzle to create a picture that explains something they enjoy. Use DAQRI to add a video of the student saying hi to their parents and say something they are excited about for the school year. During curriculum night the parents will complete the puzzle and use DAQRI to view the experience. 



  1. What about a "step inside", where the picture could be of what we want them to "step inside of" (classic art piece, landform we are studying, etc) and kids pop up with their own descriptions of what they see, hear, feel...on their bodies and in their hearts, smell, wonder, etc.

    Or a living art gallery, where kids create a piece in the style of a famous artist or genre...and tell us all about it with AR.

    Can they do 3 pictures on a page and each pic have a different video pop up? That would be the coolest "Circle of Viewpoints" ever, with characters coming to life and sharing their perspectives!

    Oooo...this is fun!

  2. Love it Missy!! We will definitely have you doing AR this school year!

  3. I am so excited to use this in my classroom this year! I can think of so much to do with it...students narrating what's happening in a famous photograph, having a historical figure come to life, solving math problems, changing liquids into solids, showing the life cycle of a plant or butterfly, MY HEAD IS SWIMMING!!

    I also have 3 after school First Lego League robotics teams. Our competition theme this year is extreme weather. I'm lucky to have one of my parents as the Augmented Reality professor at the local university. He and his students are going to mentor us and show us how to make a tornado or hurricane come to life.

    Let the fun begin!!

    1. That is amazing Diane! Would love to connect with you though out the process and see how its going. Would also love to connect with your friend the AR Professor! Let us know if we can help in anyway!


  4. We got to see you present at Podstock 2013 last week. It was amazing. I am so excited to use AR in my class. I have been googling everything I can on the topic. I have so many questions, I don't know where to begin. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    Tammy Hubbart

  5. That's awesome to hear! Glad you could be there with us at Podstock! What an amazing get together! Can't wait to hear what amazing things you'll be doing in your class this year! Please share with us and also pls ask questions! Best way to reach us is through twitter or email!



  6. Ok I have had my kids make "All about Me" posters. They wrote 3 paragraphs about themselves and also attached 2 pictures to the poster. I then had them use to iPads and the aurasma app. They videoed themselves talking about themselves. They aura works when we use the same iPad that we made the aura on, but I can't get it to work on different devices. I tried creating a channel from the iPad and had them move their auras to the channed and made it be public. However, some of the auras are not showing up on the channel I created. Help!

    1. Kristin do you have Aurasma Studio? I am guessing you have already gotten this info but in order for it to work, you need to create the auras on the computer if you want other devices to read them.

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  8. I love your suggestions, and would love to try many of them, but ... I had my kids photograph themselves and print those photos, and then they wrote about their strengths, dreams, and best giggles. They then filmed each other sharing that information. Additionally, I had their teachers and parents submit video about how awesome each kid is. But our school server is limited and Aurasma won't let me load overlays from Dropbox - only triggers. Any suggestions for a different augmented reality that WILL let me use Dropbox for overlays?

  9. Yikes - delete the second email. I didn't see the approval pending note on the first one.