Sunday, October 28, 2012

Google Sketchup & Augmented Reality

Earlier on this year my class were given the task of designing or replicating an example of architecture they had been studying, as part of our unit on ancient civilizations.  They used Google Sketchup to create their drawings.

Inglobe Technologies offers a plugin for google sketchup that allows files the students have created to be viewed using augmented reality technology.  To get this going in your own class, you need the following:

  1. A computer with a webcam
  2. Google Sketchup (free download)
  3. AR plugin for sketchup (free trial download)
  4. A marker ( can be printed off here)

Students created videos of themselves presenting their augmented reality creations using quicktime (for mac). 

Once the videos were made, the students were able to share these via their eportfolios.

If you are looking for more ways on how to utilise this powerful technology within your own classroom, take a look at my presentation on QR Codes and AR technology within the classroom.