Monday, February 17, 2014

Images Come to Life with Aurasma

Our blog post today is provided by Melissa DeWeese, Technology Integration Specialist at Western School Corporation.

This year our school adopted a 1:1 program with 2600+ iPads passed out to students K-12.  Throughout the year I have tried to find more and more tools to help our staff with this implementation. Aurasma is one of those tools that has had a great impact on my staff and their students.

Aurasma is an augmented reality (AR) application that overlays a video or image over a trigger image and brings it to life. Your creations are called auras. Aurasma can be used on both iOS and Android devices. AR has been around for awhile, but just as the use of devices in education has grown so has the use of AR in the classroom.

Here is an example of what it looks like in a commercial setting: 

Now imagine taking that awesomeness and transferring it to a classroom.  The world of education comes alive.

Our teachers, especially in the elementary grades, have embraced this technology for accomplishing many tasks. Our Kindergarten teachers are using it on a regular basis for small group activities. The teacher records him or herself giving directions for the activity. The student scans the designated paper. They can then watch the teacher giving directions as many times as needed.  Meanwhile the teacher is free to work with other students. 

The students not only want to scan all of the auras they see, but they also want to make their own.  How about a quick math lesson? A book report? Explaining a science project? Homework help? 
Sure, no problem!

Here is how you can create your own auras: 

After a few quick steps, your students will be creating, viewing, and enjoying the use of Aurasma in the classroom.  The possibilities are endless.  

More information: 
The Teaching Palette
Aurasma in Action 
Multiple Examples of Aurasma 

Do you see any possibilities for using Aurasma in your classroom? Share your ideas. And if you are already using Aurasma, please share how you're using it.

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