Reaching 1 Million Kids with Augmented Reality ….

Reaching 1 Million Kids with Augmented Reality ….

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Augmented reality is a very powerful learning tool that transform the classroom like nothing else.  You can bring the world even the universe to your classroom.  My goal is to help teachers harness the power of augmented reality and help them use this powerful tool in their classroom.  I would love to reach at least 1 million kids.

All you have to do is try at least one Augmented Tool with your students and let me know how many students tried the tool.  There are several Augmented Tools you can try.  I have a Symbaloo Board full of tools you can choose from.  It is best to login to your Symbaloo and add this board to your list to view all of the tools.

After you have tried an Augmented tool please fill out this form.  This will help me keep track of how many kids we are reaching with augmented content. You can fill out the form for each time you try an Augmented tool with your students.  If you are using social media you can also share your experience with the Augmented tool by using the hashtag #AR4Kids.

I am working on creating lessons that are enriched with Augmented content.  Keep your eye in our AR Lesson section in the Augmented Reality for Education Google+ Group.  The next lesson I will be posting will be a unit over the book Charlotte’s Web along with a few Augmented STEM lessons.

AugThat is wanting to help reach 1 Million kids through Augmented Reality and will give teachers a sample of Augmented content to help with this cause.  To receive your augmented content please contact and let her know you are helping us reach 1 Million kids please use the code #AR4Kids. She will set you up with an account and the give you access to their augmented triggers.

Blippar also has a Augmented building platform that is easy to use.  You will need to contact Stephen at Blippar and he will set you up with a free account so you can start creating your own AR content.  If you can drag, drop, copy & paste you can create simple Augmented content too.  You can also reach out to me and I would love to help you create AR projects.

Some of My Favorite AR Tools:

Together Let’s Reach 1 Million Kids with Augmented Reality!

Bring Augmented Reality to Your Class with the Help of PledgeCents….

Bring Augmented Reality to Your Class with the Help of PledgeCents….

I’ve been sharing with teachers from all over how the power of augmented reality can transform learning.  In order to help teachers seize this power I set out on a quest to find ways I could help them obtain augmented content/curriculum for their classroom and my search led me to PledgeCents.  Similar to DonorsChoose, PledgeCents is a type of crowdfunding that has come up with an innovated solution to help teachers obtain the needed funds to bring tools, supplies, & resources such as augmented reality content/curriculum to their students.  They can even help with obtaining funds to send teachers to conferences such as ISTE.

Harnessing the power of social media PledgeCents is connecting teachers’ causes with global supporters. Their only goal is to provide better education for children all over the world. PledgeCents is focused on providing an alternative means of school fundraising that goes beyond the limitations of conventional fundraising methods, and is investing in teachers and schools.  They are made up of a team of advocates who have a passion for making a difference in a life of a student.

The need of teachers come in all sizes such as obtaining augmented content, iPads, school supplies, and etc… They will help teachers with their causes through matching opportunities, helping find global supporters, and sharing via social media. One of the matching opportunities is through Facebook Likes and sharing. For example for every Facebook like pledges a $1 towards the cause. They will help you with your cause to make it a successful one. What I really like about PledgeCents is that even if the teacher doesn’t reach their goal for their cause the teacher will still receive what the cause raised. They get to keep what they raised no matter what! There is no list of approved items the teacher has to pick from for their cause, they receive the funds to get what they need. PledgeCents believes that teachers know best on the items that they need and where best to get what they need.

When it comes to setting up your cause they do have some very helpful tips, visit their 7 Steps to Success page.  Make sure you include pictures and video clips on your cause page.  This really does help make your cause real to supporters. Be creative, give lots of details about your cause, and come up with a very catchy name for your cause.  If you need a 360° trigger for your cause page feel free to contact me and I can set you up with one. Show supporters how you are bringing learning to life as well as bringing the world to your students through augmented reality.  I can envision causes with titles such as Bringing Learning to Life, Seeing a Different Kind of Reality, iOpen the World, and etc…

Augmented Reality Causes Ideas:

  • 4 iPad Minis, 4 iPad Mini Cases, & AugThat’s 360° Environment Triggers, AugThat’s 3D Triggers, & Your Class Level of Animated Lessons
  • 2 iPad Minis, 2 iPad Minis Cases, & AugThat’s Interactive Kindergarten Flashcards by Katie Ann, & AugThat’s Virtual Field Trips
  • A School Site Lessons for all of AugThat’s Content & a Teach Connect account for all Teachers

What ever your Augmented Reality Cause by PledgeCents may be AugThat’s sales team would love to help put Augmented Reality Curriculum together to fit your students’ needs.

AugThat would also like to help you reach your goal and get AR in your classroom, so any cause that includes augmented content from AugThat your school will receive a Free Pipeline account.  The Pipeline is when you add augmented content to your school’s logo or mascot.  The augmented content can be the school’s website, calendar, an intro video about the school, a message from the principal and etc… The school can change the augmented content monthly if needed.  AugThat would also like to give 100 3D augmented objects as well to help grow your augmented content library.  If you tell AugThat I sent you as well you will also receive a DISCOUNT! I am also working on getting teachers other types of augmented content, so stay tuned I hope I can help grow your augmented library even more.

Here are some examples of causes by PledgeCents:

For back to school PledgeCents is having a competition a #SchoolSupplied competition. The top 3 schools that participate in this competition will receive school supplies.  The winners will pick from a listed of basic school supplies and PledgeCents will deliver them.  This is a win … win situation.  Teachers submit a cause share it out via social media and earn points towards the #SchoolSupplied Competition. The school then could win up to $1000 worth of much needed school supplies. Below are more details about the competition and how to earn points.

When you set up your account for PledgeCents please enter my referral code kwilson328 so that they know I sent you.  The competition ends Sept. 30th so get busy and start creating a cause.  When you share your cause make sure you use the hashtag #SchoolSupplied then tag me @katieann_76 so I can help promote your cause and get it funded as well as getting you points for the competition.  The more we all share the better your cause will reach its goal.  Oh and I almost forgot if your cause goes beyond your goal you get all you raised.  Together we can make a difference and because every cent does counts!

#SchoolSupplied Competition:

Top 3 schools with the most points between Aug 3rd – Sept 30th will win #SchoolSupplied Prizes.

  • 1st Place = $1,000 worth of school supplies
  • 2nd Place = $750 worth of school supplies
  • 3rd Place = $500 worth school supplies

The winning schools will get to choose their school supplies upon completion of the contest.

You earn points by:

  • Dollar Raised: 5 points
  • Facebook Share: 10 points
  • Cause Created: 20 points
  • Every $500 Raised by your school (BONUS): 200 points
  • Reach Your Goal: 100 points

More details/FAQ about the competition please visit – https//


Eye Catching News = Augmented News Report

Eye Catching News = Augmented News Report

I am so excited to announce the release of Eye Catching News. This project takes current events and brings it to life. With a help of a talented friend at AugThat we developed 2 unique triggers, one for World News and one for National News. When you scan these triggers using the AugThat’s STAR app (Supreme Tutoring Augmented Reality) you will receive an animated news report. What is the unique part is the stories will change about every two weeks or so. The triggers will stay the same but the news stories will automatically change.

Not only did we design these triggers but we also have developed lessons and or activities to go along with the news stories. Best of all the stories can be used at all grade levels. You can download a lesson and or activity that best fits your needs. There are some lessons/activities designed for younger students, older students, and along with question starters. Being a technology teacher and knowing how important it is to have tech integration I’ve also included Tech Integration ideas and tools. I broke down the tech integration into apps and web based tools since not everyone has iPad/tablets and or computers/netbooks/Chromebooks.


  • Start an interactive notebook and attach the two triggers to the cover or inside the spiral notebook, 3 tab folder, or a 3 ring binder.
  • Use the writing prompts to start a journal and or blog.
  • Have students write/create digitally and submit their work via an LMS such as Edmodo.
  • Post Question starters in an LMS such as Edmodo to create an online decision.
  • Mix and match the pre-made lessons. (Don’t use the same one for each story.)
  • Can be used as a center – self guided.

Using the Triggers:

  1. Download the STAR app from AugThat (Supreme Tutoring Augmented Reality)
  2. Launch the App
  3. Tap Start Lesson
  4. Tap Current Events
  5. Scan the Triggers

The Activities:

Other Activities & Triggers:

I already of requests for a Science, Math, and a Person in History augmented lessons similar to the Current Events.  So keep your eyes peeled I am sure I can work something out.

Why Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Why Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

I get asked a lot why should teachers use augmented reality in their classroom.  Augmented reality is not a new concept, in fact it has been in use in a wide range of industries for over 10 years. It took a dreamer who developed interactive coloring sheets and flashcards that popped out 3 dimensional objects geared towards kids before teachers even thought this tool was even useful.  Some professionals still even think it is just a toy. Crayons, Legos, Tinker Toys, Candyland, and dice are all toys and you can find them in most elementary classrooms. Kids learn best when they play, it is a proven fact.  Which is why teachers and parents turn toys into engaging tools.  When you are actively engaged you are learning.


Using augmented items in the classroom engages students beyond a worksheet, textbook, or even a video, and opens the door to endless possibilities.  Boeing even announced during the AWE 2015 conference that augmented reality improved training for its employees.  The employees did the task 30% faster with a 90% accuracy over the employees that only were allowed to read a PDF.  Augmented reality is even being used in operating rooms to monitor patients. Workers on oil rigs even use augmented reality to help service the rigs.  The military uses augmented goggles to receive important information in the field.

So when I am asked why should augmented reality be used in classrooms the answer is clear.  The use of augmented reality in classrooms prepares our children for their future today.

There are many companies that have seen the impact augmented reality has and are developing their own tool to stake claim in the land of AR so to speak.  Everyone has different needs so the tool or tools you decide to equip yourself with will depend on your needs.  Quiver, Color Alive, and Chromville have some pretty cool interactive augmented coloring. I use the pages as writing prompts with my students. I also use these pages to help teach students how to revise their writing.  If you are new to using augmented contented the coloring pages would be the avenue I would take to get started. There is also the tortoise and hare coloring pages from Arloon.

Daqri has also developed a few augmented tools such as their 4D Elements blocks and their 4D anatomy both are great if that is the content you teach.  Kids love holding the gold block and watching compounds come together.  I even used the 4D anatomy to show how a heart valve works.

For me it is about creating my own augmented content. There are a few companies that allow you to create such as Layar, Blippar, Daqri, Aurasuma, and Aug That. Each ones has their own platform and what they specialize in. When you are picking out a pair of shoes, you are going to with a pair you feel comfortable with. Same idea when picking out a company you want to use to create augmented content.  I suggest you try them all out and get a feel for them.  Then use the company that best fits your needs. Each one of use has different needs and different comfort levels.

Daqri’s platform as well as Layar and Blipper will allow you to copy, paste, and insert digital content.  Unless you blog or share your creation in some way no one is going to know what you have created.  For me I love to share and create content for others. I find it a challenge and a reward at the same time, so I needed a platform that would allow me to do just that.

Adam Newman the Founder of Aug That also had the same idea. Teachers make the most amazing and engaging activities and they need a place to share with one another, so he developed the Teach Connect. Teachers can send the trigger image to Aug That along with the augmented elements and his staff will do their magic and create the augmented experience.  The reason for his staff creating the augmented experiences is one to make sure the content is safe for kids. The other reason is to make sure each and every time your trigger gets scanned your intended content is what is received.  They also want to make sure your trigger is a scannable trigger. Nothing is more frustrating than putting all your time into something and it doesn’t work.

What I love best about Teach Connect is the sharing.  It is a community built for teachers and soon there will also be one for students. If you are needing an engaging activity on DNA to either enhance a lesson or as a introduction you can go to the Teach Connect and download it.  It is already for you and your students to use.  The community is constantly growing so I am sure there is an augmented lesson or activity just waiting for you.

Aug That not only has the Teach Connect they also have tons of augmented animated lessons already made along with tons of 360 degree environments and 3D models. They are expanding their augmented curriculum and services, I can’t wait to see where they go.  I love how they have really built their company with the focus of education at all levels.  They are not in the field of marketing or making toys, they are solely in it for education.


Why use augmented reality in the classroom, because we are preparing our students for their future today.

~ Katie Ann Wilson

Why Use AR Challenge …. Part 2…

Why Use AR Challenge … Part 2…

Using augmented triggers that are already made not only saves you time but adds enhancement to your lesson without changing the learning objective. For part two of the Why use AR series we will use two pre-made augmented triggers.

Describe the Photo

Look at the pictures below and answer the following questions:

  • As you are describing what is happening in the photo use where it is happen. For example – on the left, in the middle, behind and etc….
  • Use present conditions – What are they doing? and etc…
  • What is the weather like?
  • Is the location inside or outside?
  • Use adjectives to explain the mood of the setting?
  • How does this image make you feel?
  • Would you like to be there? Why or Why not?
Now take a look at the second photo and answer the same questions.

Looking at the two photographs what do you see that is similar and what is different. Use the following vocabulary to to describe the similarities and the differences.

Similar: all, most, both, also, as well, & too
Different: but, however, whereas, on the other hand, & although

Speculate the situation and use words to describe such as: use may, might, must, can’t be, seems to, & appears to be.

Your Reaction:
Give your reaction to the photographs and use words such as: I’d love, hate to do that, It looks great, it appears to be dangerous, It makes me want to try, & It wouldn’t suit me.

Adding AR:

You are going to ask the same questions but this time instead of just looking at the two images you are going to explore them. The app you will need is (STAR by Aug That) Supreme Tutoring Augmented Reality.

Steps to Explore:

  • Launch the app
  • Click Start Lesson
  • Click 360° – Panorama
  • Scan the 1st image with you device
  • Once the AR experience is loaded walk around the room.
  • Using your device to look up, look down, and look all around.
  • Describe the Experience
Explore the 360° environment and answer the following questions:

  • As you are describing what is happening in the around you? For example – on the left, in the middle, behind and etc….
  • Use present conditions – What are they doing? and etc…
  • What is the weather like?
  • Is the location inside or outside?
  • Use adjectives to explain the mood of the setting?
  • How does this image make you feel?
  • Would you like to be there? Why or Why not?

Now experience the 2nd image and answer the same questions.

Now that you experienced the two environments what do you see that is similar and what is different. Use the following vocabulary to to describe the similarities and the differences.

Similar: all, most, both, also, as well, & too
Different: but, however, whereas, on the other hand, & although

Speculate the situation and use words to describe such as: use may, might, must, can’t be, seems to, & appears to be.

Your Reaction:
Give your reaction to the photographs and use words such as: I’d love, hate to do that, It looks great, it appears to be dangerous, It makes me want to try, & It wouldn’t suit me.

Share your your experience via social media. Use the hashtags #TechieEdu and #AR4Learning.



Steps to ARI’ve been asked to help others in dipping their toes so to speak into the water and start exploring the possibilities of augmented reality (a.k.a. AR) in education. To help build the support line in learning how to incorporate augmented reality in education I am developing a series of challenges. My goal is to launch each new challenge via my podcast as well as develop an ebook to support the learning process. As each challenge is completed the participants will also be able to earn a badge.

We will start with using pre-made triggers and work our way through the challenges until you and your students are creating one of a kind augmented experiences.


For the 1st challenge we will be dipping our toes into the AR pool and you will need makers, crayons, or colored pencils. Once you have your supplies I want you to take a look at the following picture to the right.

Questions I want you to think about:

  • What is the name of this character?
  • Where do you think this character lives?
  • What kind of job does this character have?
  • Where do you think this character is going?

Now click on the file below and print it out.

After you have printed out the picture color it. As you are coloring I want to think about a the following:

  • What types of characteristics does your character have?
  • What kind of day is your character having?
  • Is your character going on a journey? Late for work or school?
  • What does your character like to do for fun?
  • What is your character’s favorite food, activities, colors, animals, and etc…
  • After you are done coloring your picture it is time to write your character’s story. In your story describe where your character is and what your character is doing. Tell us what is your character like? Where your character might be going?

Take a picture of your colored image and added it to your story. I suggest using Google Docs to write your story.

Share your story via social medial using the hashtage #TechieEdu and #AR4Learning.

Download the File

Adding AR to Your Story:

Augmented reality is a tool that can be used to enhance the learning experience. Using this simple augmented coloring page will help take the writing process to the next level and add a spin to your story.

The app you will need to download is Chromville. Chromville is an augmented reality company from Greenland that is bringing characters to life. Once you have the app downloaded you will scan the picture you have colored.

How to Scan:

  • Launch App
  • Tap Play
  • Tap Dana
  • Hold the iPad/Tablet over your colored image
  • When the red rectangle turns green you will get a message not to move.
  • Your augmented experience will then appear.

The augmented trigger I gave you is a labyrinth. You can interact with your character you colored and move your character through the labyrinth. Now that your character has made it through the labyrinth it is time to revise your story. For your revision you will need to add obstacles your character needs to over come.

After you have revised your story it is time to share it. Share your story using social media use the hashtag #TechieEdu and #AR4Learning.

Coloring pages from augmented reality companies can add a new depth to the learning process. They can be used to brainstorm settings, characters, events, obstacles, and etc… They can also be used to help develop the writing process as well as rewriting skills.


  • I like to reveal the app that is needed after students have their rough draft completed and have colored the AR trigger.
  • Mix up the different AR coloring trigger pages, this keep the kids guess which app to they need to use.



~ Katie Ann Wilson


Originally Posted on the Dairy of a Techie Chick blog.

Taking it One App At a Time

Taking it One App At a Time

One App at a Time

I don’t know about you but when I get a chance to attend an Edtech conference, join in on Google Hangouts, Twitter Chats, and even edcamps I get a little excited and a little overwhelmed at the same time. Educators are doing some amazing things in and out of the classroom with a variety of Ed Tech tools, I feel obligated to try them all. Sometimes it can be just too much, and I love everything and all things Edtech.

I don’t want you to feel so overwhelmed with all of these tools that you get to the point you don’t even want to try anything.  I also do not want you to get stuck not trying a tool because you do not have a trainer to show you how to use it.  My advice is to take it one app or one tool at a time. Learn the tool and see what it can do. The best way to learn something new is to just play with it. I tell my students all the time to just try things.  Trust me you can’t break it. Then talk with a friend and or a colleague about the tool, brainstorm ways you can incorporate it into a lesson. I am not saying design a lesson around this tool. The tool should enhance the learning process, like paper and pencils, manipulatively, and etc…  If you don’t have a friend handy reach out to your PLN via social media. You will be surprised how quickly your PLN is ready to help you.  If you do not have a PLN start building one.  On Twitter I am @katieann_76 or if you Google my full name Katie Ann Wilson or Diary of A Techie Chick you will find me. Reach out and connect with me, I would love to help you when I can. You just have to ask.

We all have different levels of knowledge and expertise when it comes to Edtech, so I thought I would give you a few tools I find helpful.  Remember to try just one tool and talk it out on how you can use it.

Google Apps – Computer, iPad, Android

Google apps for education or better known as GAFE is my go to toolbox.  I started using Google tools over a decade ago. I’ve been apart of some of their test apps and I’ve watched them change and grow.  I find the tools within Google to be my main go to place that I became a Certified Google Educator.  I’ve been paperless for decade and I do not even own a flash drive.  All of my documents live in my Google Drive and I can access them from any device.  I can share them with anyone even if they do not have an email account. I can collaborate, edit, and publish from anywhere at anytime.  Microsoft did an amazing job training people to think they were the only ones that could produce a document. When people see Word they need to realize that is a brand like Nike or Reebok. They are both shoes and they both do the same job. You have to decide which one fits your needs. That is the same concept when it comes to creating and publishing documents. Use the brand/tool that fits your needs.  For me it just happens to be Google Apps such as Drive, Docs, Forms, Sheets, Slides, Draw, and Blogger.

Some of the ways I’ve used Google Docs has been both for personal and professional use. I’ve create my lesson plans with Docs as well as my sub plans. It is so much easier to share out my sub plans if I know who my sub is in advance I can send them the link or share it with the office.  I share or embed rubrics in Edmodo for my students to access.  If I make a change to the rubric my students will automatically see the change.  No need of making additional copies or wasting paper kids either toss or lose any ways.  For personal use I use Docs to compose letters, articles, recipes, and blog posts.

I have my students use Docs as a collaboration tool.  I have a small group collaborating on one document. They learn to share the document and to grant different access levels depending on the person’s role in the group.  Some students get edit rights while others can only comment and while others can only view.  I try to teach my students when working as a team how valuable it is that everyone can collaborate together at the same time.  They also use Docs for a variety of other assignments, from note taking to making a table.

Drawing DeskiPad, Android

I want kids to create their own illustrations I don’t want them just taking images off of the Internet.  So I show them Google Draw and I teach them how to use shapes and lines to create. Since my school went 1 to 1 with iPads I need an app that my students could use to creat images.  I found the Drawing Desk app.  I like how it has different tools that the kids can use to make their creations.  It is also easy to save it to your camera roll and share it.

Quizlet – Computer, iPad, Android

Quizlet is a great tool to introduce new vocabulary, learn a foreign language, or to review key terms.  The flash cards can be either teacher created or student made. Not only does Quizlet offer flash cards they have a spelling feature, a quiz generator, as well as a matching game.

Now that I have given you few tools to think about, just pick one and try it. Explore the tool, see what you can make it do.  Remember you can’t break it.  If you have to create an account I suggest you create a document to record your usernames and passwords.  Try creating a table in Google Docs to record the tools you are using along with the username and password.


~Katie Ann Wilson