Thursday, August 29, 2013

Watch Your 2-D Drawing Come to Life

This is a fun activity for anyone of any age. Draw a picture using colored pencils, crayons, or any writing tool. Download the colAR app (free from Apple for the iPad). Then open the App on your iPad, and hold the iPad above the drawing as you would when taking a picture. Watch this demo to see how the App makes the picture come to life in 3-D. Can you see how you might use the ColAR app in the classroom to excite students, motivate discussion, andstimulate story telling?

Check this post below to see one way the App was used in a literacy unit of study.

Dot Day Fun! Watch Your Dot Come to Life in Amazing 3D in the colAR App

Been hearing lots of good things from teachers who have tried the App with their students. What are your thoughts about possible uses?


  1. It looks like you need certain images from the company. I'm curious what other picture they have versus a plane, bird, and others pictured in the video.

  2. This could possibly be a great way to engage even the most reluctant writers. They could create a picture to go along with their story and watch it come to life as they orally tell the story. I also agree that it seems like there are given pictures from the company that need to be used for the app to work. If this were the case, the pictures could be used as a sort of "story starter" option for kids.

  3. This app reminds me of one of my students that loves to draw. He earns "breaks" throughout the school day and the Autism specialist and I are always looking for new motivators to help him be successful in his classroom. Perhaps this is something we could implement through his behavior plan. He would love it!

  4. OMG! What a cool app. I am a school librarian and I could see doing this with my students. I would read a story and then have the students draw a scene of what could come next. Then we would watch it come alive. How satisfying and creative is that?!

  5. I just downloaded this app and woke my daughter up just to show her! I already printed a few pages and I will experiment with my preschool class tomorrow. How excited they will be to see their hard work of coloring come to life. This is a great fine motor skill to concentrate on for staying in the lines.