IT WORKED: Merge Cube AR for the Classroom!
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IT WORKED: Merge Cube AR for the Classroom!

Hello I’m Justin Gonzalez and welcome to
IT WORKED where I look at educational apps, tech and projects that work in the
classroom. Today we’re gonna look at how you can bring a AR into your classroom
with Merge Cube! The merge cube is the first holographic object that you could
hold in your hand. On the box it that states that it’s for kids 10 and up but it can
definitely be used for younger students as well. When you first open up the box
you’ll notice that it comes with stand the packaging actually makes two
purposes so it holds your mobile device. And then it also comes with a sticker,
two stickers actually. And then inside this little carrying box is your
cube. The Merge Cube is made out of a sturdy foam material. Once you open
it you’ll notice an activation code. You’ll need that activation code to
create an account online. Every side of the Merge Cube has a different face on
it. That’s how that’s how the software is able to read each face and it knows when
you turn the object. The design and quality of the Merge Cube is really well
done. The packaging that comes with the Merge Cube is also reusable so becomes
a storage container for your Merge Cube. Although the Merge Cube looks nice to
look at just like this, the magic happens when you launch some AR apps that are
compatible with Merge Cube. In the app, Mr. Body, students are able to explore
vital organs and their functions in the body. You have the option to either click
phone mode or VR mode. When you scan over with your phone you are able to see an
augmented reality, this app is showing the human body. When you click on the
different parts of the body you learn a little bit more about the functions of
that organ. When students rotate the cube they also rotate the objects that are on
the screen, in this case the lungs. This app can be very useful when teaching
Anatomy to students. Another amazing app that is made for
Merge Cube is Galactic Explorer. In Galactic Explorer, students are able to
see the solar system and they’re able to manipulate the solar system and click
around and kind of really learn about all the planets in the solar system. When students rotate the cube they’re also rotating what’s on
the screen, in this case they’re rotating the Sun and the planets that are
orbiting it. When you click on a planet it enlarges and you’re able to learn
more information about this planet. Another app available for Merge Cube is
an app called Things. This app has 16 different features that your students
can explore. Some of these activities are games such as this piranha app here. Students could also explore a boombox in
the app that plays music. There are many activities that your students can
explore in just this one app. Normally the Merge Cube retails for $15 but right now Walmart has them for as low as $1, which is why I
bought a class set of 30. Get yours while you can! There are many opportunities for
students to explore using Merge Cube and I hope you find them useful in your
classroom. Don’t forget to subscribe below to see more videos from IT WORKED
in the future. Thanks for watching!

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21 thoughts on “IT WORKED: Merge Cube AR for the Classroom!

  1. Apparently the price drop happened because people realized they could just print out the sides :/ Shame, it's a pretty awesome product

  2. Hi, I'm elementary teacher of math!! I have looking for model 3d about math, geomethry, or can i do that!!

  3. Hi Justin! I was prepping for a session and when I searched on YouTube you were the top video for Merge Cubes. So great to see one of my #NOWclassroom authors in action!

  4. I ordered one for $20 then saw you can make it so easy by printing off the template, cutting it out and glueing it. Then downloaded the app “things” and I was shocked. I hit the cancel order so fast!💨💨💨💨

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