Category: Augmented Reality

Here are some great new FREE apps to add your iPad toolbox. I am discussing  QR (quick response) codes and AR in this post because I feel they are  closely related.  With all AR and QR apps there is some up front “programming” time that has to be spent.  What I mean by “programming time” is that you will have to take some time to link the QR codes to physical link or content that live somewhere on the web or iPad.  Once this upfront work is done you can create some fun activities for any type of client you are working with.  So let’s jump right in and check out these apps.

QR Jump

Free for iPhone and iPad

This is a QR scanning app with a twist.  It is designed specifically for classroom use and is the first app that I have come across that links physical content on your iPad to a QR code. You are able to link a QR code to a song/audio or video that is located on your iPad.  You can see where this could come in handy when working with students with varying abilities.

The setup for linking your song/audio and video is fairly simply:

1)  Make sure your song/audio is synced to your iTunes library

2) Head over to your favorite QR generator ( I recommend and create a text QR Code with the word “audio” in front of the file name, which would look like this “audio Old MacDonald”

3) The song/audio should begin to play automatically.

I had  a bit more trouble with getting the video to work properly. I played around with a few different video formats however when linked the app states that it can not locate the video.  So I will continue to play around and post any updates I get it working.  In the mean time if you want to link videos just create a QR code with a YouTube video link and QR Jump will open it up for you.

QR Jump can also be used to open links, text, and pictures. The difference with this app and other QR scanners is that your content w  opens up within the app itself and does not open up say a new Safari or YouTube window. This is helpful by keeping everything in one place as you can enable Guided Access and lock the user in the app.   The following pictures are examples of using QR Jump with a picture URL, YouTube link, and plain text.



AR Overlays

Free for iPad

If read Part One to this post you will remember that I discussed the app Aurasma which is very similar to AR Overlays but as Sarah Ward would say “they are the same but different”.  Aurasma and AR Overlays  allows users to create real-time overlays to be applied when you scan an image. Unlike Aurasma, AR Overlay doesn’t allow video or animations, however it does allow for free drawing, texts, and stickers to be added to your picture once you scan it. Let’s take a  look at an example of what this looks like.

AR Overlays seems to be a little less technically and pairing the picture to the overlay that you would like. Here is an example of using a SuperDuper If … Then… card. If you have used these cards before they can be a little cheesy and somewhat boring so pairing them with an AR Overlay can make them a little more appealing for those reluctant children out there.

To add an overlay here are the steps:

1) Make sure the image is visible int he view finder and tap on the Green PLUS.

2) Crop the image area.

3) Now you can add text, images, and stickers to your image!

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Here is another use for the app. In the picture below I used it to identify the correct answers on a worksheet. I simply circled the correct answers using the draw feature.

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20130328-110728.jpgKids Vehicles 1: Interactive Fire Truck, $1.99, is a 3D interactive App by 22 learn available for iPad and iPhone. It similar to other interactive apps out there as you are able to drive the truck, put out fires, and learn about fire truck vocabulary. The one twist with this app is the augmented reality feature which allows you to virtually drive the fire truck around in your environment. This of course opens lots of doors for use in speech therapy!

This pictures show the fire rescue mini game:


The next thing you want to do is set up your environment to use with the augmented reality. In this example we were driving around and searching for the fire. It was hidden around the room. On chairs, under tables, and in lots of other silly places. (The disclaimer here obviously is to make sure you are working with a client that understands fire safety.) We then worked on his sentence structure as he is one of those kiddos that tends to leave out “the”, “is”, and “a/an” in his sentences. He had to hide the fire and then explain to me over our walkie talkies exactly where it was.20130328-110944.jpg

Additional activities can include:

  1. Targeting articulation by hiding cards around the room that the child needs to “rescue”
  2. Targeting following directions and have the child follow 1-2 step directions i.e., drive to the table then make a left.
  3. Targeting narrative skills by having the child tell the story about how the saved the day.

Be creative and have fun!

Please feel free to comment on any other ideas you have for using this app 🙂




Appdapted: Halloween Candy!!

Halloween is a great time of year to work on a variety of language enhancing activities, hence my last past of the top Halloween apps to use in therapy. Be it simple describing of costumes to spooky narratives there are many goals that can be targeted while using the Halloween theme. Below are two cool apps that can be incorporated to focus on such concepts as Colors and Numbers (quantity).  You can include them into your Halloween candy sorting routine! They also do not have to be limited to Halloween activities and can be incorporated into any type of sorting or counting activities.

Color Me PeteColor Me Pete - Lesia Design

Color Me Pete is an augmented reality coloring book app. The premise is that colors have gone missing from Pete’s coloring page and you have to go search for them. You search for them by finding like colored objects and holding them up to the camera on your iOS device. You tap on the object and you can use that color to “recolor” Pete on his coloring page. This app is fun to create a scavenger hunt game during your therapy session or for basic color discrimination. In the paid version there is an easy and difficulty mode included.  The easy mode pictured below gives you the word and color prompt when asking ” Find me Yellow” etc… and the difficult mode takes away these prompts. Find the colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Brown, Gray and Black. ( The lite version only offers 3 colors).

 You can use this app to sort through your Halloween candy and work on identifying colors of the different wrappers 🙂




Flexible CounterFlexible Counter HD - Michael Devore
Flexible Counter will be fun to use when counting your candy.  It  supports up to  8 counters with user-selected images, label text, and colors. So you can decide on counting your candy by color or go ahead and take pictures of the candy, like in the example below, and see how many of your favorites you have. Save and load up to 5 different layouts. It works in either portrait or landscape mode.


Appdapted:  Zooburst 3D Pop-up Books

Zooburst is the latest in digital storytelling! It allows you to create free 3D pop-up books and share them online with others.  To create or read the books you must first register for a free account at It’s web-based so you will need a computer  with a web browser and Adobe Flash. Once you have set up your account you can then start creating or reading 3D pop-up books on your computer or iPad! When creating a book you have to login to your account on the website, click on New Book, and start creating!

The Book Builder on ZooBurst has over 10,000 searchable items that you can add to your books, plus the ability to import your own pictures. In premium mode you can add your own voice and sound effects too! To check out the pricing scheme and see the difference between free, premium, and school accounts click here —>Pricing

When you create your book there are a few ways you can read them: right from the website, using your computer’s webcam with a printed book code, or on your iPad.

When using the iPad you have a few options:

Story Codes:

Story codes are QR code esque and you use your Zooburst app in camera mode to scan it. The book attached to the code will magically pop up and you can start reading.

Book Viewer

The  iPad app Zooburst lets you view any 3D pop-up book in 2 modes.  You can use  Screen mode to interact with the book by tapping on any of the characters that have an exclamation point over their head. You can  navigate from page to page using the arrow buttons on either side of the book or by making gestures. In camera mode you use your printed story codes as shown above.

So how did I Appdapt Zooburst? Using the webcreation tool on I created a book called Ape’s Final /p/ Minimal Pair Adventure which focuses on final /p/ and uses minimal pairs. If you are unfamiliar with minimal pairs they are pairs of words where one competent is different, in this case they are words with and without the final /p/ sound.

The story includes these pairs of words:

  • beep-bee
  • soup-sue
  • rope-row
  • hoop-who
  • hop- ha
  • cap- ca
  • soap-so
  • nap-nah
  • pup-puh

Want to read Ape’s Final /p/ Minimal Pair Adventure or use it for therapy?

Download the Zooburst app and use the camera mode to scan the Store code below:

If you prefer to use your computer and check it out right now click on the picture below.

Augmented Reality (AR) 

If you follow my blog, and I hope that you do, you have noticed that I have been playing around with Augmented Reality and using it in therapy. Wikipedia defines AR as :

“Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one.”

This territory isn’t new and if you follow Speech Techie’s  blog you can see he did a wonderful 8-part post on QR codes and their use in therapy.  In a recent post of mine I used a Spider-Man AR  app to have fun with clean up time and to Appdapt various flash card activities.  This leads me to a pretty awesome app called Aurasma (available for both the app store and google play). Aurasma was just featured in a TED Talk. If you didn’t catch it check it out:

As you can see the premise of Aurasma is fairly simple as you can turn any thing you see with a smart phone or tablet into AR and have a  picture/video overlayed live. I believe the potential uses of this app are endless and if you are a crafty app developer you can even take their API and include it in a therapy app. Hmmm… that really makes you think of how you can use this in therapy right??  Well have no fear I have come up with a few ideas for you!!

Not as tech savvy as me? Well stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll be explaining the “how to” on making some basic AR using Aurasma. As always, I would love to hear some feedback! So please comment and post some questions if you have them!

Here is a really cool free augmented reality (AR) app called The Amazing Spider-Man AR available on both the App Store as well as Google Play which is bonus for Android users. I like to Appdapt apps that weren’t specifically made for speech-language therapy (if you want to see more Appdapted Apps visit Speaking of Apps a weekly blog I co-write on apps for Advance Magazine). If you are not familiar with AR apps they make use of your device’s camera and then overlay the graphics over what you are seeing. With this app you become Spider-Man which most of my clients just love (and also maybe that inner geeky slp) and you are able to web-sling webs all over anything you see with your camera.  Here is an example of a messy toy room.  You can have the child name objects they are web-slinging. ” Get the tunnel!” The webs are much clearer when you are playing live and they disappear quickly so it was tough to take a screen shot of them but I think you get the idea.

As a parent or clinician working with your child another use of this app could be during that dreaded clean-up time. This could help add that additional motivation to cleaning up the mess they just made. Have them “web-sling” each item before picking it up and putting it away.

Another use for this could be following directions or concept. First find the big ball and then find the little ball.

How about using some web-slinging to answer ‘wh’ questoins or to identify functions of objects? You’re creative try it out!

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