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The Periodic Table of Apps for AR and VR

Without a doubt one of the most innovative educators I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with is Mark Anderson aka ICT Evangelist. Mark and I met in 2015 at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Amsterdam and since then we’ve collaborated on several projects including the App Wars event on iPad Educators, Mark’s #AppShareLive shows and even the first JESS Digital Innovation Summit (which Mark came over to Dubai to keynote for me.)

Over the last year, one series of projects that Mark has had huge success with is his Periodic Tables. The range has expanded to include Periodic Tables of iPad Apps (two volumes), a dedicated STEAM apps edition and even a special Edu-Twitter version. Towards the end of 2017 Mark asked if I’d be interested in collaborating on an AR and VR apps version and so the journey towards the graphic you see above began.

Initially we considered incorporating apps for platforms other than iOS but we soon realised that we had more than enough to go around and so we focused solely on this platform. It’s worth noting that the majority of apps listed are also available on Android devices though. We delayed the project until now for two key reasons:

  1. To allow the dust to settle after the launch of iOS11 – several apps were no longer available as they were no longer compatible.

  2. To roadtest some of the new ARkit-enabled AR apps – which for me meant waiting to get my new iPhone X as my old phone was not powerful enough.

Which leads us to the choice of apps. There are 82 apps on there in 8 categories. We had well over 100 as a part of the original brainstorming so obviously some had to be cut. In some case this was due to lack of functionality after the iOS11 update. In other cases we left apps off as another comparable app was available that offered a more well-rounded learning experience. Ultimately though it’s important to understand that this is not a finite list and more apps are being released every day so take some time to explore the App Store once in a while- you never know what you might stumble across!

I'd like to wrap up by personally thanking Mark for inviting me to collaborate with him on this. It was a hugely enjoyable experience and we both worked really hard to pull this together from across continents. We really hope you like it and find it to be a useful resource.

Mark has shared a high res version of the Periodic Table on his site and written his own take on the project which I highly recommend reading. You can find that here..

He has also built an interactive version of the table using Thinglink where you can highlight an app and get a direct link to the App Store page. You can access that here.

#AR #VR #ios

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