Mon 9th October 2017 - 08:48

5 Augmented Reality Apps that Teachers Can Use Today

Teachers must not ignore technology trends. It doesn’t matter whether you like EdTech or you think the educational system was better without it. You have to deliver what your students expect. They expect to rely on various apps and tools, and that’s exactly what the real world will demand once they complete their educational journey.

Today, we’ll focus on a particular aspect of technology that students absolutely adore: augmented reality. Through this method, the students are learning and experiencing important things without feeling the stress of being lectured.

Jane Tony, education expert at SuperiorPapers, explains the concept of augmented reality: ‘It’s pretty simple in practice: you use technology to put a digital layer over the physical world. For example, if a student points their phone at a volumetric pipette in the lab, they will see videos, graphics, or infographics that explain how that piece of equipment is used in experiments. This doesn’t have to be an expensive investment for a school. All the teacher will need is the app and a device. 

You can use augmented reality to teach chemistry, history, biology, math, and other subjects. It’s a versatile technique that puts no limits to your creativity.

5 Augmented Reality Apps for Teachers to Try

There are many apps that make the use of augmented reality possible in the classroom. In this article we will suggest five of the best ones:

Elements 4D

To use this app, you’ll first need the set of six wooden blocks that represent the elements. These are available on the website. Next, you’ll use the app (available for iOS and Android) to bring those elements to life.

Each face of a block shows a different chemical symbol with a beautiful design. When you point the device to it, the app will show the element in action. If you bring two blocks together, the app shows the reaction that happens when they are combined. If nothing happens, it means those elements did not create a reaction.

This app is great for teaching chemical formulas. It also eliminates the need for real experiments in the classroom. Sometimes you cannot conduct all the experiments you’re teaching, since they are dangerous. With this app, you can show everything.

Chromville Science

This app is also available for Android and iOS. The official website provides you with colouring pages to download. When you point the device to those pages, it creates a 3D presentation of the drawings.

Your students can learn about the human skin, bones, and muscles. They can also plant and grow seeds in the augmented reality world. They will see the planets of the solar system moving, and different machines working. Any science lesson will be a pleasure to learn with Chromville Science.

There are five categories to explore:

  1. Laboratory
  2. Planet Earth
  3. Classroom 
  4. Human body
  5. Living beings


This app can help make your lectures more interactive. You can use Blippar to create blipps (layers of information that appear when your students scan a page of the textbook). Textbooks will no longer be boring. You will create the things they see when scanning a page. You can give them tests through the app, which you can evaluate and share with the community of teachers that are using Blippar.

This approach is more beneficial than it seems. It helps you show the real value of textbooks; they are not just text. They are doorways to an abundance of knowledge. If, for example, you’re teaching a lesson about World War II, your blipps can provide more information about the battles, generals, uniforms, or food during that time.

Arloon Geometry

Do you have 3D models of all geometry figures in the classroom? Even if you do, your students will still prefer an augmented reality app over an actual model. This app gives your students a fun way to discover the world of geometry.

They can view the shapes from all angles and unfold the sides into flat figures. This is important; since they understand what 3D shapes are made of. The app also teaches the users how to apply formulae and calculus. Arloon Geometry also tests their knowledge. The app is available in English and Spanish.

Science AR

You can use this app with Android and iOS devices, and you can download free posters from the official website.

Science AR is a great app to use when you want students to explore different concepts and form an intuitive understanding of them. When you point a device to a poster on the wall of the classroom, it automatically plays an educational video. For example, if you are teaching about rain you will point the device to the part of the poster that represents rain, and voila – it comes to life.      

Your Students Will Be Excited to Learn through AR Apps

Kids enjoy playing games on tablets and smartphones. As teachers, we can use that fact to our advantage. We can make students fall in love with learning when we let them use different apps in the classroom.

Augmented reality is truly appealing. It combines real lessons with the excitement of using devices in the classroom. Your students will learn a lot while having fun with the apps you choose.

Were you looking for a new way to engage them? Try augmented reality and you’ll be surprised with the results.

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