Friday, July 26, 2013

Bring Your Coloring Pages to Life with the Free Augmented Reality App colAr Mix!

colAR App: Coloring pages come to life!

*If you want the pages I've embedded below, please print them ASAP!*

I'm removing the Scribed document on July 28th because the colAR team's promotion of offering the pages for free ends on this day... and, well... it just wouldn't be right for me to have them up after that.

colAr App is a new-ish app that I recently found out about and knew I had to share it.  I first saw this amazing app mentioned on Twitter by Larry Ferlazzo who shared it from a TechCrunch article.  I've been dying to post about it ever since, but I'm just getting to it after being out of town in Chicago.  

There aren't any words I can write to describe this app better than this video can show... so, just push play, sit back, and prepare to pick your jaw up from the floor...

Of course I thought this was so cool, but I wanted to see if others would think it was just as great.  So, after chatting with my buddy Drew on a Google Hang-Out, GHO, and trying the app out on Saturday night, I decided to share it in the session I was presenting on Sunday in Chicago at the National SDE conference.  The response was overwhelming.  Everyone LOVED it!

My daughter, Riley, started writing a story to go with the coloring page that has the girl.  Then, my son, Jacob, started orally telling his very imaginative story about the dragon.  They were so inspired to instantly begin writing their creative stories.

In the session at SDE in Chicago, participants shared many ideas where this app could be used in the classroom.  Naturally, creative writing fits.  However, someone shared that you could use the airplane page and have students write sight words on the banner flying behind the plane.  After reading a great book, students could design a t-shirt for the teddy bear page to advertise for their book with a catch phrase that relates to the title/plot.  I'm tutoring two students this summer.  I showed them the video tutorial and told them they would have homework to color.  The little guy I tutor said, "Can we be done tutoring so I can do my homework?"  How cute!  Then, the little girl that I tutor said, "Can I have more homework if I finish all of these pages?"  Ha!  Keep in mind... I'm someone who is typically against homework.  My only directions for the kids I tutor were to do whatever they wanted to with the pages... they just had to bring one back to me showing me how they creatively integrated math into their drawing.  That's it.  So, I'm curious to see what they will come up with when I meet with them next week.

Here is what to do to get started with your coloring fun!

I'll embed the pages below so that you can print them off and start coloring.  

I.  Download the app: click here for iTunes and click here for Android 

II.  Print off the coloring pages: click here for the website or print them from this post (below)

III.  Color your pages... be creative and have fun

IV.  Grab your device, launch the app, hold it above your drawing, and watch it come to life!

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  1. I just got this app. Thanks for sharing it. Do you know if it works on other coloring pages or not? I hope they continue to make more pages.
    Grade School Giggles

  2. Hi April,

    You're welcome. The app only works with the pages above. I also hope they will make more to go with it. :)



  3. What an amazing app! Can't wait to try it out! Can the videos of students' creations be saved or exported from the app?

    EduKate and Inspire

  4. Hi Kate,

    Thanks!! :)

    I haven't tried to save or export the videos (yet). I'll check that part out. To my knowledge, I don't think this is an option, BUT I'm not 100%.



  5. Thanks for looking into it! This post led me to go back and read your augmented reality intro post... I had never heard of AR before! I can think of so many classroom uses for AR. Thanks for the detailed posts!

    EduKate and Inspire

  6. This is so cool! I almost missed out and I am so into the AR now from your post and twoguysandsomeipads blog posts. I have been sharing the Aurasma app that you blogged about with a bunch of teachers. I have already made a few things with it and can't wait to use it in my classroom. I will definitely be signing up for your remind 101 so I don't miss out on more of the freebies you share. I shared your website with some other teachers at a 1:1 ipad training last week. I hope they check it out or they are missing out totally! I love that you are teaching 2nd grade next year because I also teach 2nd too and we will be 1:1 ipad minis next year. I only wish we had access to them right now so I could be getting some of the free apps available this summer. I am not sure how I stumbled on your blog this summer but I am so glad I did. I will definitely be blogstalking for lots of tech ideas for my classroom!! Keep sharing!:)