Can’t go out into the world right now? Bring the world to you with an augmented reality app! Need some inspiration? Let augmented reality spark your child’s imagination and transport them somewhere fantastical. Augmented reality apps not only provide exciting opportunities for experiencing the world, they can provide meaningful learning experiences for children’s language and literacy. These range from entering into and interacting with stories in fictional worlds, such as the app Wonderscope; exploring, reading and writing reports about museum artefacts, such as the app Expeditions; and finding ways to create AR-inspired stories and films, such as Thyng or StoryFab.
Below are a selection of the top eight AR apps for children as recommended by our experts, Lynde Tan, Angela Thomas and Alice Chik — recipients of the PETAA Research Grant in 2019, for the project Language and Literacy Learning and Teaching with Augmented Reality. To support your teaching practice using AR, read our related PETAA Paper 220: Teaching Language, Literacy and Literature using Augmented Reality, and watch the webinar on this topic with Dr Lynde Tan.