We began our celebration of International Dot Day by reading Peter H. Reynolds beautifully illustrated book, The Dot. Like so many of our students, Vashti is convinced that she can't draw. Her teacher finally convinces her to make her mark by drawing a single dot and signing her name. She then lets her mark take her on a creative journey of making even more dots, each more creative and beautiful than the previous one. After a brief discussion, we were on to making our own marks (dots) using the ColAR dot coloring page and app. Squeals of delight along with some oohs and aahs were heard as the students saw their dots come to life! It was such a fun activity to introduce augmented reality, to enjoy a heartwarming book, and to jumpstart a successful school year by making our marks!
Your mobile device can already see the world.
Now, it can understand the world.
I can remember the days when it was a really big deal to be able to take a picture with your flash camera that involved using a flash cube. It worked pretty well, assuming you had a flash cube readily available. Then came the Polaroid instant camera, which gave us instant photography. Well, maybe not instant like the instant digital photos we get today, but waiting a couple of minutes for a picture to show itself was a lot faster than waiting a couple of weeks to get it developed. Fast forward to today's technology and we now have the ability to take pictures in 3D! Structure Sensor clips to the back of an iPad and acts as a 3D scanner. Although there are a limited number of apps available to use with the sensor at this time, more will be created in the near future as it is geared toward program developers, so that they can build a wide range of apps at a low cost. The possibilities of what can be done with this technology is limitless!
What child or adult doesn't enjoy building with Legos? Whether it be following instructions to build something specific like a castle, a city, or your favorite vehicle, there is always a sense of pride when your constructed masterpiece actually mirrors the image on the Lego box cover. And as much fun as that might be, there is even more fun to be had when you have a bucket of mismatched Legos that unleashes your creativity to build whatever your imagination inspires you to build. Now combine your imagination with Lego Fusion, which incorporates augmented reality into the mix, and you get a Lego city, built by you, that comes to life! Hours of fun are sure to be had by kids of all ages!