Augmented reality apps

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I remember back in 2007 when I got by first Android phone and installing an early verison of Layar. We used it for all sorts of things then, from creating orienteering trails to historical walks through the city. 

Things have moved on a lot since those days, and now there are all sorts of applications and devices that draw on augmented reality technologies to provide you with an 'augmented' view of the world around you. 

This list of Top 20 Augmented Reality Apps for Android and iPhone/iPad Users from DeepKnowHow provides an insight into what is now possible – from basic navigation to star maps! 

As time passes, I'm even more convinced that augmented reality will become one of the key technologies used in our classrooms to support student learning, providing rich contextual customized learning environment and contents for each individual.

Something we need to bear in mind here is that the technologies conventionally used for augmented learning incorporate touchscreens, voice recognition, and interaction, through which the learning contents can be geared toward learner's needs by displaying plain texts, images, audio and video output. These are all characteristics of the devices many of our students carry around with them in their pockets – they're not reliant on the previously expensive equipment owned by schools! 

The other thing is that in addition to being users of AR, many of the apps appearing now provide student with the opportunity to simply and easily create their own AR experiences. Definitely something to keep on our radar!

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