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Create an Augmented Reality Summer Experience

Students will brainstorm ideas for an augmented reality app that showcases what they did during the summer.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, discuss what augmented reality is and how it is different from virtual reality. (Virtual reality places users in computer-generated environments. Augmented reality enhances what users see, hear, feel and smell. This creates a more real-world experience.) Encourage students to describe any virtual reality or augmented reality experiences they've had.
  2. Invite students to think about everything they did during summer break. Encourage them to select one or more of those experiences as the basis for an augmented reality app.
  3. Have students brainstorm ideas for their app. Challenge them to select appropriate photos that will bring users right into their summer experience.
  4. Give students time to write a brief script for their app. Remind them to include detailed descriptions of everything they saw, heard, felt and smelled at the time.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their app ideas with the class. Challenge them to explain how their images and words will enhance the experience so users feel like they were there for the real thing.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Divide the class into small groups. Have group members share their favorite experiences from the summer. Then have each group select one experience and work together to create a script for an augmented reality app. Challenge them to include details that relate to each of the senses.
Grades 5-6:
Instruct each student to select his or her favorite summer adventure. Have students share their experiences in small groups. Have students offer suggestions about how fellow group members could incorporate sensory details into their scripts.
Grades 7-8:
Instruct each student to select his or her favorite summer adventure. Have students share their experiences with a partner. Then have partners brainstorm ideas about about how they could each incorporate sensory details into their scripts. Challenge students to select photos that clearly illustrate how they felt during their adventure.
Grades 9-10:
Instruct students to select three of their favorite adventures from the summer break. Instruct them to write a script for an augmented app that allows users to join them on each experience. Challenge students to include sensory details in their writing and photographs that clearly illustrate each point.