Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I consider myself to be pretty "tech savvy." I blog, tweet, post, pin, program. I thought I had seen it all  ...until I saw THIS:

It looks like an ordinary book....

But download the IMAG-N-O-TRON app...

And hold the iPad over the pages and THIS happens...

MIND BLOWN!!! I've learned the term for this technology is "augmented reality" (AR for short). As someone who thought I had seen it all, I absolutely HAD to understand how this works. My best explanation is that it's similar to a QR code but instead the app is programmed to recognize the specific pictures as the "target." Once it recognizes the target, it triggers corresponding audio and video overlay.'s just magic!!!

I'm going to try having my tech savvy first graders create their own augmented reality experiences using an app called Aurasma.

It's not quite as impressive as the examples seen in The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, but it will be a start at introducing them to this amazing use of technology. The possibilities for augmented reality in our daily lives are endless! I think there's a lot more to come. Just check out the Ikea app!!

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