Augmented Reality (AR) is a growing field of technology where real life is modified and enhanced by computer-generated sights and sounds.

The most common use of AR can be seen through mobile apps. Point your device’s camera at something that the app recognizes, and it will generate a 3D animation or video superimposed over whatever is on your camera’s screen. The effect makes the computer-generated item appear like it’s really there.

App developers are building AR apps for fun, educational, and commercial uses.

20 Of The Best Augmented Reality Apps For The Classroom

1. JigSpace

Description: JigSpace allows you to learn about all sorts of things, from car engines to the Roman wars. Jigspace features up-close 3D diagrams, disassembling and reassembling 3D objects, and 3D models of historical battles, along with other quality features.  

Price: Free – $49.99 subscription for added benefits.

2. Complete Anatomy 2021

Description: Complete Anatomy 2021 is a modern way to learn about the human body. With this app, you can take up-close 3D looks anywhere in the body: the heart, nerves, muscles, etc.   

Price: $34.99 – $99.99 annual subscription.

3. Adobe Aero

Developer Description: Adobe Aero is an immersive AR app that students can use for learning or play. This app allows students to ‘spawn’ anything right in front of them and get a live look at the object before them.  

Price: Free

4. Animal Safari AR

Description: Animal Safari 3D is a way for students to learn about animals visually. Animal Safari features the ability to see 1:1 scale animals in 3D, hear live animal noises, move and rotate any animal you want, feed, and watch your animal eat. Students can also pull up any animal’s information card and learn about its habitat, diet, etc. 

Price: Free

5. solAR

Description: solAR is an AR solar system app that allows students to have fun learning about astronomy. Some of the features included are; a 3D visual representation of all of the planets, full-scale planets placed right before you giving you the ability to grasp the proper sizes of the planets, and informational cards to allow students to learn more about individual planets.

Price: Free

6. AR Pianist

Description: AR Pianist is an interactive, modern way for students to learn how to play the piano, with features in the app; such as providing them with a virtual piano if they don’t have one, famous virtual pianists that can play songs right in front of them, the ability to slow down songs, learn songs with interactive sheet music, live feedback, and more. 

Price: Free

7. ARvid

Description: ARvid is an interactive AR app that allows students to interact with animals, buildings and place full-scale objects right before them to create their very own artistic scenes, all while in 4K. ARvid also has all kinds of features, including 4K textures, vehicles, sci-fi, and more. 

Price: Free

8. 3D Brush

Description: With 3D Brush students can add live effects to scenes right in front of them. Students can also use your finger to draw and write photorealistic stuff in the scene in front of you. Students can also take pictures of their creation to keep. 

Price: Free

9. Sky Guide

Description: Sky Guide makes stargazing for students simple. Just hold your device overhead, and the app will automatically find stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more for you with ease. Some additional features included with the app allow you to get notifications from the International Space Station and see stars invisible to the human eye with an X-ray filter. 

Price: $2.99

10. Math Ninja AR

Description: Math Ninja AR makes learning math fun for younger children by incorporating physical movements such as; stretching, bending, squatting, crawling, reaching, and peering to find the answer through the many levels inside the app to help stimulate a child’s memory and help them retain information.

Price: Free

11. Particular Augmented Reality

Description: This app allows students to create virtual, 3D art; it has all kinds of face filters, virtual UFOs, and more. It’s a easy way to help younger students learn about art in a fun-related environment. It’s also an easy-to-use app for aspiring graphic, comic, and 3D artists to learn about and create art.

Price: Free

12. Big Bang AR

Description: With Big Bang AR, you can watch the universe form right in front of you. This app is a fun way for students to learn about the history of the universe. Another feature allows you to create a supernova, explore the nebula, and other fun stuff.

Price: Free

13. Assemblr

Description: With Assemblr, students learn traditional academic content through virtual and augmented reality. Teachers can also create multiple online classrooms and record and present virtual 3D presentations.

Price: Free – $50 monthly subscription

14. CamToPlan

Description: CamToPlan can be helpful to engineering or architectural students since it can virtually measure anything in front of them. This app can be beneficial for interior design, landscaping, and more. 

Price: Free – $17.99

15. Hyperspace AR

Description: Hyperspace AR allows students to scan their space and then create the art sculpture or decoration of their choice. Though the art within the app may be limited, it can help students learn to be more creative. 

Price: Free

16. Wonderscope

Description: Wonderscope is an interactive way to help younger students find enjoyment in reading. Wonderscope is constantly adding new books for your student or kid to discover and enjoy.

Price: Free

17. Tracing Projector

Description: Tracing Projector helps students learn to draw through a virtual tracing mechanism. It has all kinds of photos for students to trace, from the Mona Lisa to their own faces–you can even edit your photos once you’re done drawing them. 

Price: Free

18. Halo AR

Description: Halo AR allows you to take a picture of any flat object and overlay any photo, video, or 3D model on top of it. Halo AR also makes it easy to share the halos you create with students.

Price: Free

19. For All Mankind: Time Capsule

Description: This app allows students to use augmented reality to explore digitally artifacts from the early 80s.In that way, it is a mix of science and history–this could also be useful for homeschooled students.  

Price: Free

20. Google Lens

Description: Google Lens is a useful way to help identify all sorts of plant life, learn about landmarks, translate words, or identify animals. All you have to do is hold your device up to what you want to learn about, and it’ll tell you. 

Price: Free