Augmented Reality (AR) superimposes virtual content onto or into the real world allowing users to interact, manipulate or otherwise interact with virtual content while continuing to see the “real” environment around them.  The use of AR can allow for additional information such as directions, video, internet pages and more to be available to users through the use of an app on their smartphone (or other AR technologies such as glasses) in the real world. 

where can ar be use?

Augmented Reality can be used in multiple environments. The classroom is one that is particularly beneficial. AR use may help students become more engaged in the concept/topic at hand. Rather than just looking at the textbook, or watching a video, students can see the topic come to life in a 3D model through the use of the digital device.  

how can ar be used?

Augmented reality can be used to bring students learning to life. It can be connected easily to specific curriculum expectations across a wide array of subjects.It can be used during a lesson, but can also be used in ways around the classroom that can be accessible to students to refer to when needed; such as a word wall or photo wall.

why should I use AR?

The use of Augmented Reality may assist in student comprehension or enhance conceptual understanding. By offering 3D visual representation and/or additional information, AR offers educators and students an opportunity to share in an engaging and hands on learning experience.

Google Play Store AR Apps

Windows App Store AR Apps

Colour in AR using 3D colouring pages and related apps – Quiver

French AR Website

AR Apps to Try
Best AR Apps to try

AR In Education ThinkMobiles AR website with links to AR apps and synopsis of details on their use/application

Augmented Reality in the Classroom 

Using AR in the Classroom – examples of Apps and offerings (ThinkMobile)


Primary – Gr K-3

Understanding Life Systems

  • Grade 1 – Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
  • Grade 2 – Growth and Changes in Animals
  • Grade 3 – Growth and Changes in Animals
    • Look at animals and plants in 3D and outline their characteristics – go beyond; outline the similarities and difference between different animals and plants – how they look, what they eat, how they move, where they live, etc. – go beyond; outline the differences between certain kinds of plants and their characteristics. ie) Use the Bugs 3D AR book  

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • Grade 1 → Materials, Objects, and Everyday Structures
  • Grade 2 → Movement                 
  • Grade 3 → Strong and Stable Structure     
    • Look at the specific properties that materials have and how the different materials a structure has determines the purpose it is used for – go beyond; look at how simple machines help to move objects (looking at the AR object, students will be able to look at why/how these machines are able to move objects) – go beyond; look at properties and materials that makes these structure strong and stable. ie) Use the Construction Machines 3D AR book

Understanding Earth and Space Systems

  • Grade 1 → Daily and Seasonal Changes
  • Grade 2 → Air and Water in the Environment
    • Look at a 3D representation of the different kinds of weather patterns that are apparent in the seasons. – Go beyond; Look specifically at how water and air in the environment are a major part of the environment. ie) Use the iStorm AR book  


Junior – Gr 4-6

Understanding Life Systems

  • Grade 4 → Habitats and Communities
  • Grade 6 → Biodiversity
    • Look at how plants and animals are interdependent and adapt to meet their needs based on the resources that can be found around them. Use scenarios, how this plant or animal would change if (blank) was removed. Go beyond; look at how diversity plays a critical role in the health of plants and the ways in which humans can impact this diversity. ie. Use Bugs 3D AR Book
  • Human Organ Systems
    • Explore the human body and look at how organ systems are components of the larger system (the body), and how they work together, and affect one another.  ie. Use 4D Anatomy – The Human Body AR Page

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • Grade 4 → Pulley and Gears
  • Grade 5 → Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms
    • Look closely at gears and how they are an integral part of our everyday life in the sense that they are specialized wheels and axles that can be found in many objects we interact with every day. Go beyond; explore the forces that are within our environment that act upon structures and mechanisms. Look at how these forces can be measured to determine how they would affect a structure and mechanism. ie. Use Construction Machines 3D Book.

Understanding Earth and Space and Systems

  • Grade 6 → Space
    • Look at the various components that are found in Space and how earth is apart of this large interrelated system. Examine the technologies and scientific advances that have enabled human travel to space and we study space. ie. Use iScience AR book.

Intermediate – Gr 7/8

Understanding Structures and Mechanisms

  • Grade 7 → Form and Function
  • Grade 8 → Systems in Action
    • Examine the form of a structure and how it is dependent on its function. Critically examine a structure of your choosing and its purpose. Go beyond; understanding that all systems have an input and an output and how these systems are built to optimize human and natural resources. ie. Use Construction Mechanisms 3D AR book.

Understanding Earth and Space Systems

  • Grade 7 → Heat in the Environment
    • Examine the sources of heat that are found in space and how this heat is produced. iScience AR Book.

Examine that heat is a form of energy that can be transformed and transferred and the ways in which heat has both positive and negative effects on the environment. Examine the sources of heat that can be found on Earth iStorm AR books.

  • The Numberlys by William Joyce
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
  • Idinosaur by Dr Darren Naish BSc MPhil
  • Iscience: Elements, Forces and Explosive Experiments! by Mr Clive Gifford
  • Istorm: Wild Weather and Other Forces of Nature by Anita Ganeri
  • Princesses and Their Pals 3D Popar Toys
  • Bugs 3D Interactive Children’s Book Popar
  • Construction Machines 3D Popar


CleverBooks provides primary transdisciplinary STEM-accredited education technology resources powered by Augmented Reality. All products are global curriculum based and are recommended as supplimentary materials to the main curriculum.

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