I just received an email from the Tynker subscription staff talking about a new course called “Augmented Reality”.  That was a puzzler–what in the world is it?  However, as I read down my screen, I was most interested to see what they are now offering our students!

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They described it this way, “Augmented Reality is a new way to extend coding beyond the screen. In this introductory course, your students will discover how to use the webcam in their computer or iPad to build interactive experiences that blend the real and virtual world. They will be able to physically stand in front of the camera and participate in the games they build by waving their hands or dancing, rather than just watching a screen.”  Now doesn’t that sound like fun?

The first lesson explains, “The core idea of augmented reality is ‘combining virtual assets with a camera feed’.”

Topics Covered:  Camera control, taking pictures, special visual effects, detecting motion, hand gestures, masking, and AR game design.

Requirements for this course:  Online courses require an iPad, desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet connection, a webcam and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Internet Explorer (10+) browser. No downloads required.

Recommended age:  7+

Prerequisites for this course:  None.

To sign up: Go to our school’s registration form:  Tynker Registration

When can my student start:  Right away–just fill in your information at the registration form above.

But I have questions!:  Email and ask Beth Johnson

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