Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment where the technology augments reality through computer-generated enhancements such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

In contrast to virtual reality, where the real world is replaced with a simulated one, augmented reality is in real-time and allows digitally enhanced and interactive information to be overlaid onto the real world.

Blippar and Aurasma are two leading exponents

of this technology. Most examples currently available are to be found in the commercial world, but the potential for education is clearly enormous.


Here’s an example of how I’ve used augmented reality to enhance a teaching resource…..


To see the effect,  you will first need to download the Aurasma app to your smartphone or tablet. It can be downloaded from Google Play (Android devices) or the AppStore (iOS devices)

The app will open in the scanning screen – tap on the icon at the bottom of the screen to access the Explore screen – here you can see a number of existing ‘auras’ created using the app.

Tap the Search Icon (magnifying glass) and search for the Aurasma channel on which I’ve stored my ‘auras’ by entering  johnclee54

You will then see a list of some of the auras that I’ve created to support various aspects of teaching and learning.

Tap on the one headed johnclee54’s Public Auras and you will access a screen that gives you the option to ‘follow’ my channels.  Now hover over the enlarged sample image from the worksheet on the right of the screen to ‘scan’ it, and the aura will launch…..!

Here’s another example that will work from the same channel…


Getting_Started (click on this link to access a quick start tutorial on how to use Aurasma on your smartphone/tablet)



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