Last weekend we took our daughters to Living Shores Aquarium in Glen, New Hampshire. We all enjoyed discovering the marine life and watching the otters play. My youngest daughter particularly liked the tactile tank in which small fish nibbled on her hand. My oldest daughter didn’t like the touch tank as much as her sister did, but she found something that she really enjoyed. This thing was a coloring station where she could color sea animals and then see her designs come to life on screen through the use of augmented reality. She ended up making seven drawings that filled the screen with seahorses, turtles and fish that she colored. Every time her drawing came to life on the screen, she would jump for joy!
The technology used in the aquarium was very similar to that found in QuiverVision. The concept of QuiverVision is for kids to complete coloring sheets that become augmented reality objects when scanned with the QuiverVision iOS or Android app.
Applications for education
QuiverVision has been around for five or six years at this point. In fact, I mentioned it in this 2019 article on Five Directions for Augmented Reality in Education. I’ve never been particularly excited because at the end of the day it’s still just a fancy coloring activity. That changed when I saw how excited my four year old daughter was to see her coloring pages come to life. It excited her to learn more about marine animals. This excitement of knowing more about something new is perhaps the best reason to try something like QuiverVision with students.
Thanks to my wonderful partner, Jess, for the photos in this article.