Storytelling with Google AR Animals

The advent of augmented reality (AR) has given rise to new outlets that learners of all ages can use to express their stories through. Google AR animals is one such avenue.

Adam Baxter has worked in education for the past 15 years, and holds his Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently works as a technology teacher with students from kindergarten to grade 12.

Storytelling is a very powerful form of expression and communication that promotes personal growth, the collaboration of ideas and cultural understandings. In a classroom, storytelling allows students to express their interests and explore their creativity. The advent of augmented reality (AR) has given rise to new outlets that learners of all ages can use to express their stories through. Google AR animals is one such avenue.

Google AR animals must be accessed through a mobile device or tablet. They can be found by searching for the name of the animal that you want to view in AR, and then clicking on the button that allows you to view the animals as a 3D object. Remember, not all animals have AR representations. Currently Google supports over thirty types of AR animals, with the intention to add more in the future. 

Once you have clicked on the animal and begin to view it in 3D you will be able to scale, rotate and move the animal to view its animation sequences. If you click on the AR button, the animal will be put into the environment that you are in. For example, you can place a tiger on your kitchen floor, or a penguin in the bathtub. This is where the fun and the storytelling begins!

Learners can plan out and build stories around these animals. They can record the interactions they have with the animals using built in screen recording features found on their devices. A video of a Google AR animal can be filmed by holding the camera button down when viewing the AR animal in an environment. Likewise, photos can be taken of the animals by simply tapping on the camera button. It takes some careful planning to work with the AR animals, but the results can be fantastic!

Google AR animals have the potential to open up a new world of fun and creativity for students of all ages. A student may choose to write a story about a photo they took of the animal in an interesting place, or they may choose to plan out and film a movie using the AR animations. Advanced learners may choose to experiment with using a green screen to capture the AR animations and then to fuse them together to build a vast AR zoo. There are endless possibilities of stories to tell, and no matter how learners use the Google AR animals, they are sure to spark creativity and inspiration. 

Adam Baxter
Adam Baxter has worked in education for the past 15 years, and holds his Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies. He currently works as a technology teacher with students from kindergarten to grade 12.