AR or augmented reality is “the blending of interactive digital elements- like dazzling visual overlays, buzzy haptic feedback, or other sensory projections- into our real-world environments” (from
https://computer.howstuffworks.com/augmented-reality.htm). An example of AR is the popular game “Pokemon Go”.
You can download apps such as HP Reveal onto your phone to create interactive digital elements. All you need to do is take a photo of what you want to be your background and chose which digital element you want to project onto your background. The next time your camera detects that background it will project the visual on your screen. With the HP studio you can edit those elements to create links to videos and websites.
VR or virtual reality can also be used for educational purposes! For example, you can buy these cardboard VR glasses for $15.00 to use with your phone. All you need to do is download the Insignia VR app and students are able to take virtual tours of different cities and environments.
The University of Victoria has it’s own VR Room called Oculus Rift that can be booked at https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/dsc/vr/
For health reasons it is recommended that students under 13 do not use VR and students over 13 only use it for 30 minutes maximum.