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7 of The Best iPad Augmented Reality Apps for Teachers

February 9, 2016
The use of augmented reality (AR) technology in education is on the raise. Some speculate that the year 2016 will be an AR year par excellence. The basic premise behind augmented reality is the extension of the physical world to include components of the virtual world. The potential of augmented reality in teaching and learning is huge. Our AR section here in EdTech and mLearning features a number of key resources to help you better understand how to include AR technologies in your class. We are also adding this handy collection of what we think are some of the best iPad AR apps to use with your students. Check them out below and as always share with us your feedback. Enjoy

1- Aurasma


Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world. Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes ( called Auras).
Aurasma allows you to:
  • Use the simple tools within the app to create your own Auras and share them with friends and other Aurasma users
  • Create Auras by choosing from thousands of digital animations already on the platform or alternatively use your own photos and videos 
  • Use the map feature to discover Auras at nearby locations
  • Browse the ‘explore’ and ‘featured’ sections of the app to find the latest and most popular Auras
2- Layar


Scan print materials enhanced with Layar to view rich digital experiences right on top! Then be amazed as extra digital content appears, allowing you to interact with your world in a whole new way!
Some of the features Layar provides to users:
  •  See magazines come alive with videos right on the page!
  •  Easily buy items with direct mobile shopping links.
  • Connect with links to web content and share items on social media.
  • Browse and view thousands of Geo Layers to find stuff nearby, like ATMs, restaurants, historical locations and more!
  • Pop out content. Enjoy interactive print away from the page! Tap the pop out icon and continue your experience.
  • Favorites. Save your favorite interactive print experiences  so you can view them again later without needing to scan!
3- LEGO Connect


‘Explore exciting 4D content using LEGO Connect and the LEGO Club magazine. LEGO® Connect offers a rich portal that lets you activate every type of interaction with seamless utility. To access additional content in LEGO® publication look for pages and pictures with the LEGO Connect icon. Connect to learn more about LEGO sets, product designer videos and instantly view 3D models.’

4- Augmented


‘Augment is a mobile app that lets you and your customers visualize your 3D models in Augmented Reality, integrated in real time in their actual size and environment. Augment is the perfect Augmented Reality app to boost your sales and bring your print to life.’

5- Anatomy 4D


‘Through this free app and a simple printed image, Anatomy 4D transports students, teachers, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the body into an interactive 4D experience of human anatomy. Visually stunning and completely interactive, Anatomy 4D uses augmented reality and other cutting edge technologies to create the perfect vehicle for 21st century education.’

6- AR Flashcards


AR Flashcards make learning fun with the technology of Augmented Reality…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.

7- Wikitude

'Wikitude allows you to see more than your eyes only could capture. Wikitude's "computer vision" is a bit like magic and connects you with the world in a completely new way. Use Wikitude as a tool to experience augmented reality content, campaigns, projects, promotions, games and so much more by simply scanning the things you see.'