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Write About an Augmented Reality Experience

Students will use an augmented reality app to experience the moon landing. Then they will write a short story about their experience.

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. Download the "Apollo's Moon Shot" augmented reality app or have students do it on their own. Give them time to explore the app and all it has to offer.
  3. Once all students have had a chance to explore the app, instruct them to discuss their experience with classmates. Encourage them to share details about what they saw and heard, what they learned and what surprised them the most.
  4. Give students time to write a story about their experience. Remind them to include detailed descriptions of everything they saw, heard, felt and smelled so that readers can feel like they landed on the moon, too.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their stories with the class. Then have the class debate whether or not they think augmented reality apps really do make the user feel closer to the experience of something like the moon landing than television footage ever could.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
View the app as a class. Then divide the class into pairs. Encourage partners to work together to write a brief story about their AR moon landing experience.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into pairs. As partners explore the app, instruct them to take notes describing what they felt, thought and saw. Then have them analyze their notes. Give partners time to write a short story about their AR moon landing experience.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners explore the app together. As a team, have them make a detailed record of what they felt, thought and saw on the app. Encourage them to also make a list of important historic or technical details they noticed. Have each partner analyze the notes and write a short story expressing his or her own AR moon landing experience.
Grades 9-10:
Have students conduct research to learn more about the Apollo 11 moon landing. Then have them complete the activity on their own. As they explore app, encourage them to write specific descriptions detailing what they felt or thought when viewing different parts of the app. Then give them time to write a short story about their experience. Challenge them to incorporate accurate historic details obtained from their earlier research.