Apps in Action: Using DAQRI as a Tool to Engage Learners

DAQRI is a company that develops unbelievable 4D experiences by incorporating augmented reality technology. As well as authoring their own content which is available on the AppStore, DAQRI are unique in the sense that they put the tools required to create fantastic experiences into the hands of consumers. I have used this technology to bring the digital leader recruitment poster I created to life. You can see the results by scanning the trigger image below (click it first to make it larger) with the DAQRI app:
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Creating Content
4DS_bar_logo In order to create your own 4D experiences, you’ll first have to sign up to for DAQRI 4D Studio. This web based application is easy to use due to its simple interface and also as it requires no coding skills. Usually, users would have to fork out a phenomenal amount of money to use this ($550/month), however educators can apply for a free 4D Studio for Education licence. This does include some limitations, although they are quite generous: a maximum of 25 Target Images and 1 GB of Online Storage. Any published experiences will be viewable by scanning the target image using the DAQRI app.

Getting Started
If creating your own 4D experiences takes your fancy, there are a tonne of resources out there to help you get started. The best starting point involves two experts whose blog really helped me when I first started: 4D Education Evangelists, Drew Minock (@TechMinock) and Brad Waid (@Techbradwaid). Their blog, Two Guys and Some iPads focuses on the effective use of augmented reality in education and is regularly cited as one of the best edu blogs around. In particular, check out their 4D Studio Tutorials which walk you through the steps to create your own 4D experiences.

DAQRI Education Apps
As well as allowing you to create your own content, DAQRI have also developed a couple of fantastic apps for use in education which really show off the immense power of 4D:

– Anatomy 4D – This app enables you to look around human bodily systems in a way that is accessible, and truly engaging. Learners can explore bodily systems in depth by peeling away the skin and muscles and studying the inner organs and human skeleton. The app also allows you to delve into the human heart and find out how this organ functions, using a separate trigger image. It really is mind-blowing and gives students a learning experience previously only possible through actually dissecting a human body!
*Download the Anatomy 4D trigger for the human body here and the heart, here.

– Elements 4D – Elements 4D requires a set of printed paper cubes, with each face containing a trigger for a specified element. When you scan the trigger using the app, the block turns into a glass cube containing the element. However if you combine two elements, a reaction takes place in front of your eyes! For example, if you have two blocks, one showing Hydrogen and one showing Oxygen, it will look like two containers of colourless gas. But when you put these two together, it forms two containers containing water. This is a great way to enable learners to start to understand what happens when two elements react!
*Download the Elements 4D printable blocks here.

Conclusion
DAQRI is truly phenomenal! It is amazing that they put this software in the hands of educators for free. However this is not just a gimmick that simply looks impressive, it can be used to enhance and transform learning: enabling students to access things that were previously impossible. Furthermore, the experiences are very engaging. At my school, when unveiling our 1:1 iPad rollout, Anatomy 4D was the first app we demoed and it left people astonished. Creating your own experiences in 4D Studio is also a breeze, enabling you to creates experiences as simple or complex as you please.

I just really wish they would start creating some of their amazing 4D experiences that I could use in my Geography classroom!

IMG_0866DAQRI by DAQRI is available for free on the App Store.

pr_sourceAnatomy 4D by DAQRI is available for free on the App Store.

mzl.iqasusbrElements 4D by DAQRI is available for free on the App Store.

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