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Narrator AR

Writing with Augmented Reality

Android - Paid iPhone/iPad - Paid

Teacher Overview

The application ‘Narrator AR' is an Augmented Reality app that supports pre-school writing in a fun and inspiring way. The application is suitable for ages 3 to 5 and encourages children to write words and letters with a pen and paper whilst linking this to an exciting AR experience. The application is free from in-app purchases and does not require a constant Wi-Fi connection. The application is supported by the developer's website which must be used for the AR experience. Please note that parents and teachers will need access to a printer.

Teacher Review

Upon opening the application, the user is shown the developers splash screen along with a warning that the application uses Augmented Reality AR and support may be needed by parents or guardian with younger children. The application requires access to the camera of your device for the Augmented Reality to function. Once this has been allowed the user is given an option of a Unicorn (Bimbi) or a Rocket (Klugger) to trace the AR experience. You can access in-app instructions by pressing and holding the star in the top left.

This application encourages children to pick up a pen and practice their writing. The app is supported by a well-designed website that has very clear instructions about how to use the application along with a number of resources. The user will need to use the free website tools to create their word. This could be their name, a pet's name, where they live or any other word interests them. Once the word has been typed in either uppercase or lowercase the user is required to print out the word with a unique QR in the corner that will activate the AR experience. Once the word has been printed the child can trace the letters using a pen or pencil. This is an excellent way to encourage the construction of letters by using fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Once the letters have been traced the fun really begins!

Augmented Reality is a relatively new digital technology that uses the camera within your device to make objects come to life. The AR experience is truly unique and our users found the experience engaging and almost magical. The child can choose from the Unicorn (Bimbi) or the Rocket (Klugger). Watch how the chosen character emerges from the page and traces the child's word using fantastic graphics and sound. The child can move the camera and explore their surroundings whilst watching the AR. Our users found the controls very easy to use and intuitive. The icons are simple and effective allowing the user to switch between AR characters or take a screenshot of their design.

Our users really enjoyed the AR experience and the websites printed writing guides where easy to access and print. We love the fact that the website offered a number of alphabetically listed resources which includes many pre-printed letters and words. Whilst our users enjoyed the AR experience they were left wanting more. We hope that more characters, animals, sounds and colours are added in the future to enhance the experience and give the user more choice.

We commend the developers for designing an application that not only encourages the use of a new exciting digital experience but also the traditional skills of letter construction and handwriting. Although the experience is an engaging one we did find that our users treated the AR experience as a fad that was over far too quickly. We hope that the developers will consider added more characters for the user to choose from in the future and extending the AR experience that engages over a longer period. There are many AR applications that simply immerse the user in the AR experience with little educational value. We applaud the developers for linking both the Augmented reality technology and traditional learning skills in a seamless fashion and this application comes highly recommended by the EducationAppStore.com

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Developer Description

Now, more than ever, parents and teachers value traditional skills and accept the need to teach digital skills. Narrator AR is proud to provide the best of both in our Narrator AR Preschool Writing app.

Narrator AR aims to inspire and nurture curiosity for learning in a unique way that drives discovery and enchantment for early learners (3-5 year olds).

About the Narrator AR Preschool Writing App:

Your child is the creator, technology is just the enabler.

The key focus of this app is to encourage your child to write their name with pen and paper.

The truly unique experience is then using the app to animate their name as a launching rocket or a prancing unicorn. Using Augmented Reality the letters appear to levitate off the page.

For the Augmented Reality to work you need to create and print a template for your child to write on.

Just follow these 4 simple steps:

1. Create your unique name page on our website, http://www.narratorar.com.au.
It’s free and you can use it even if you don’t use the app.

2. Print your page.
We suggest you print a few! Try your pet’s name or any word that your child wants to write.

3. Write your name on the page.
… with a pen, pencil, or crayon.

4. Download and open the app.
- Download "Narrator AR" from the App Store
- Choose your character - Klugger the Rocket or Bimbi the Unicorn
- Hold your device over the page so that you can see your unique QR code
- An orange button will appear asking if you have finished writing. Click this button
- Enjoy the show!
- At the end, take a screen shot or play it again in either character

Narrator AR Preschool Writing App Summary:

Traditional skills
• This preschool learning app encourages children to pick up a pen and write, write and then write some more!
• The goal is not only to improve your child’s writing but for them to enjoy writing.
• Create your name page (or other word) and your child can trace the letters.
• It is important that children learn and write words relevant to them so once they have conquered their name, try other names – siblings or pet, their suburb or any other words that they want to write.
• Handwriting engages many different physical and cognitive skills including hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, reading and writing skills, comprehension, inner expressive language and imagination.

Digital Skills
• This educational app uses Augmented Reality.
• Augmented Reality is new technology and an exciting introduction to digital learning. It places a digital layer over the top of our ‘real world’.
• Different characters and word animations used in this kids’ app will motivate children to practise handwriting.
• Privacy is maintained with no location tagging.
• Unique combination of traditional and digital skills.
• We want children to learn one thing; they are the creator, artist and author. The technology merely brings their genius to life.
• Early learners need positive reinforcement. This Augmented Reality experience confirms that they can write.
• A sensory play based approach is necessary to successfully engage early learners.
• Surprise and delight is good for everyone!

Features
• Simple and intuitive controls for young children
• High-quality 3D rendered illustrations
• Playful sounds
• Animations so real you want to touch them!
• A self directed Augmented Reality experience for early learners
• Ability to easily create personalised names and words for free
• No in app purchases or third party advertising - worry free for parents
• Once the app has been downloaded this preschool game needs no wifi to be active

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