Bring Augmented Reality into your Students Hands
-Using the Merge Cube in the classroom
- Galactic Explorer is a great introduction to our solar system! Students can hold and rotate the solar system in their hands while exploring the planets (including Pluto!) and examining and questioning things like rotation, revolution, planet atmospheres, moons, rings and more. Have students share their discoveries and questions using the built in Record feature then share their videos with the rest of the class, experts in the field, and the world!
- Mr. Body would be a great addition to any health or physical education class! This app is a gentle and simply way to help students learn basic facts about the brain, heart, lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, small and large intestines, and the bladder. This app also has the Record feature built in and would be a perfect tool for capturing learning and questions that can be shared through video.
- Moment AR by Color Black Moment is a social skills training tool meant for psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other specialists to help support students with identifying feelings, emotions, and social interaction. The app based tool is supported by research. They also have some great ideas for activities with the app and the Merge Cube but I think this tool might also be useful in a language learning class! Students can describe the emotions, colors, characters, actions, and social scenarios while speaking in their practicing language.
- AnatomyAR+ is another great tool for a health or physical education class with much more detailed graphics, labels, and descriptions. It even includes a beating heart! Students can hold in their hand a real-looking and accurate heart, brain, limbic system, basal nuclei, and lungs.
- TH!NGS was one of the first apps produce by Merge and offers a collection of different activities. One of them is called Holo Body which provides you with a 3D heart and skull with labeled parts. There is also a simple Slot Machine. Could students calculate the probabilities of triple 7s? Let students explore creative writing by pairing them with the Pokeminion, Octopet, and Pirate Island activities. Each activity in TH!NGS also includes the Record feature! Students can write a story or create a play with their peers and act it out in a recording.
- 57° North is one of my most favorite Merge Cube apps! It’s an amazing 3D choose-your-own-adventure that includes hundreds of decisions and multiple endings. It was created by Mighty Coconut. What kind of book study might you be able to do with students using a 3D AR story?
- There are also many Merge Cube puzzle games that would be fun for students to explore during morning routine, recess, and when they finish early with class work. Check out apps like Rubik’s Cube, Tiltball, Party Games, and Snake Attack. One game, Dig, has been described as being able to play Minecraft in the palm of your hand.
- Develop Apps for Merge Cube! Merge offers their Developer Kit and SDK through their Developer Program. They mentioned on Twitter that they’ve used Unity and Vuforia to create Merge Cubes app. There is so much untapped opportunity with Merge Cube. Wouldn’t it be awesome if your students were the developers of the next round of amazing apps? You can learn more about the Merge Cube Developer Program.