Calling all Harry Potter fans! Yes, that’s what I said. Although, to be honest, you don’t need to be a Harry Potter fan to love love love Aurasma. But, for those of us who adore the books and the films, this app takes us to that magical place where pictures talk. However, in our muggles-only world, it’s called augmented reality.
Definition of augmented reality (AR), per Merriam-Webster: an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (as a smartphone camera)
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We’ve all heard how QR codes have become a hit in the education world. Well AR is QR to the nth degree. Rather than sending a link to your students’ phones, auras send actual videos, 3D images, animation, etc.
Check out the video below to really get the picture: (Thank you to Charles Cooper of Northwest High School for posting an awesome video!)
I’m betting your feeling pretty excited, pretty pumped! Well, here are some ideas for using augmented reality in the classroom.
1) I created a video in Explain Everything (another awesome education app) that walked my students through the “marking the text process,” a critical reading strategy from AVID. I then used it to create an aura, and attached it to their article of the week. When they held their phone over the article, in the Aurasma app, they could watch my 5 minute tutorial model of marking the first few paragraphs. NOTE: You need to make your aura public, and your students need to search for you in the app, then “follow” your public auras.
2) I dropped auras around campus that offered extended practice with concepts we had recently gone over in class, offering some extra credit if the student followed through with the suggested activity. Think of this like a little scavenger hunt. They had a good time with it!
3) I suggested to the drama teacher that she should record a short clip of the students acting out a scene from the upcoming play, create an aura, and then attach it to the posters they hang around campus to advertise the show.
There are plenty of ways to use this exciting new mobile feature. Check out what Two Guys and Some iPads say about Aurasma and augmented reality in education in general:
Ready to blow your students’ minds? Go get ’em!
PS – Follow Logos Back Catalogue and demo Aurasma with a Starbucks cup. So cool! The students freak out 🙂