Thursday, December 17, 2015

Augmented Reality Makes Biology Come to Life

Quiver is an augmented reality app available for iOS and Android devices. Quiver has developed a series of coloring pages that with the help of augmented reality (AR) come to life.

This animal cell coloring page is free to download. First, you print out the coloring page, color it, and then scan the image using your phone or tablet with the Quiver app. The page conveniently comes with a QR code for you to download the app, if you don't have it already. The augmented reality aspect works without coloring the page, but it looks a lot better colored. It also makes it easier to identify the individual parts if they are colored differently. 

The educational potential of this app is amazing. Not only can you see the image in 3D, but the designers have included additional features to help students learn the parts of the cell. 

By clicking on the question marks the student can see the name of that particular part of the cell. It has quiz mode where it highlights a part of the cell and then asks the student to select the correct name. 

You can also click on the DNA symbol to see the DNA jump out of the cell. 

What an amazing learning opportunity for students to see their work come to life and being able to manipulate it in order to further understand it and learn its parts. 

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