Augmented Reality Can Help Us Understand the Difference Between 2D Shapes and 3D Form

Dot Day is an international celebration of all that creativity inspires and invites. Millions of people around the world connect, collaborate, create and celebrate this day inspired by the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

And each year on International Dot Day the inspiration continues. What started as a story in the pages of a book is transforming teaching and learning around the world as people of all ages re-discover the power and potential of creativity in all they do.

My kindergarten and first grade students celebrated Dot Day this year by bringing their dots to life with the 3D coloring app Quiver.


Quiver allows coloring pages to pop into 3D via augmented reality. Augmented reality (AR) imposes video and audio multimedia components onto “real-world” objects.

So, in Quiver, sneakers dance, planes fly, firetrucks race down the road, kids kick soccer balls, birds start flapping their wings, and flags wave in the breeze. You need to print out the coloring sheets from the Quiver website.

The app is available for iOS and Android. I had it installed on my student iPads so the kids could see the results first hand.


After students designed their dots in celebration of International Dot Day we used Quiver to discuss the difference between a two-dimensional circle and a three-dimensional sphere. The idea that augmented reality can help us better understand the difference between 2D shapes and 3D form is pretty powerful.

And then this happened.

He has dimples and tells me I’m pretty and my whole heart explodes.

Rethink what’s possible. Your students will love you for it.