Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Technology Tuesday: Augmented Reality + Writing

I have been wanting to use Augmented Reality in a lesson for a while and finally figured out a way to do it.  I am using a Chromville coloring page to inspire writing in my 2nd graders.  Chromville is a website and an app.  Print the coloring pages from the website and thenuse the app to make them "come to life".

I printed off a page from the character, Zoe's stash.  I gave the students about 10-15 minutes to color and told them to be thinking about a story that could go along with the picture of Zoe swimming. 

When they finished coloring, we used the iPads and the Chromville app to make the picture in an augmented reality picture of Zoe swimming and diving with the fish.

The students are super excited to see the picture come alive.  It is always so fun to see their reactions.  The hardest part is keeping the iPad still for the 3 seconds it takes for the camera to read the picture. 
Within the app there is a camera button so the students took a picture of their 3D picture.  Then we opened the Write About This App (we used the free version which only allows you save one story, but there is a paid version where you can save multiple times).
This app allows you to import a picture and then write a story to go along with it.  The students put imported their picture and began writing.
When they finished, the can save it to the gallery and email or save it to the camera roll.  THis was a fun way to change up writing.  I think using the Augmented Reality picture helped to engage them a little more than just a promt.  


  1. Sara this is WONDERFUL!!! I can't wait to try this writing approach using this app. Thank-you for sharing. I am a former teacher/librarian and now have a grade 2/3 class. I really enjoy the lessons you do and would like more information on your Makerspace's activities. Do you have another blog or links that will help me? I thank-you in advance for your response.

  2. This is my new favourite blog. So many things I would love to try! Thank you so much.

  3. Thanks ladies! It is nice to know people read and get ideas from it. I know I get so many ideas from other people too! Marsha, I am trying to blog about the makerspace every few weeks, but I have resources for my students to use on my library webpage

  4. I don't know what happened with that link. My webpage is and there is a tab for makerspace.

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