When you think of any aspect of life or work, augmented reality is completely going to change how we do it. -Ori Inbar
I’ve been reading a lot about augmented reality. It is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view. Wait, what? My inability to wrap my brain around that has kept me from exploring it until just recently… Think about the yellow first down line you see on TV when watching a football game. That’s augmented reality. Why do I need that in my classroom and how does it work? Enter Aurasma.
Aurasma is a free app that allows you to create auras. The auras allow you to embed content, video, weblinks, or even 3D animation. All you need are pictures to serve as the trigger and a device to read the aura such as an iPad.
So, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only teacher who gets repeatedly interrupted during small group instruction by students asking for directions (that you’ve already given) for an activity. I’ve been looking for a way to use QR Codes to post directions for different activities, but haven’t been able to use them because You Tube is blocked. So now, I just create an aura using an image as a trigger. I record myself giving directions for the activity. This is the overlay. I save the aura to a channel and print out the trigger image. My students open their Aurasma app, hold the iPad over the trigger image, and my video plays automatically. This allows them to get the directions as often as they need.
Other uses could include student-created auras demonstrating learning, sharing stories, solving math problems, or scavenger hunts. Individual students could have instruction tailored to their needs by simply scanning an aura. I talked with my PE teacher today about having students in PE create auras for a circuit training activity. The uses are truly endless.
So, as you are reading this and thinking you aren’t sure you get it, just as I did, don’t despair. I created a PDF giving you step by step directions on how to create an aura as well as how to set up student iPads so they can read the auras in the classroom. Click here for those directions: Aurasma Directions
I’m excited about exploring different uses for this great app. My kindergarten students were excited to use it and have already asked if they can make their own! That will be our next step. This takes personalizing learning to a whole new level.
Give it a try! I’d love to hear how you use it in your classroom!
Today we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!