I was pleased to co-present a real deal outlook of iPads in the Classroom recently at the TX District Lutheran Educators Conference. In a snapshot, I gathered these apps as some of my commonly used & student favorites.
I shared some recent amazing student work involving Aurasma. Have you heard about Augmented Reality (AR) yet?
AR + you (anyone!) = amazed!
The Aurasma app was a big success at our Grandparents Day visit before Thanksgiving. This was the first year that my students showed work to visitors by way of iPads. As hoped for, the students’ excitement of their projects and abilities with the classroom iPads spread to their grandparents. Here’s a look at grandparents viewing our Native American projects and one of my students explaining about our Edmodo Pen Pals. When learning is fun and teaching others what you’ve learned is fun, you’ve got memorable learning in place!
For those of you I met at the iPads in the Classroom session and anyone looking for a bit of insight with Aurasma, here’s a run-down of the steps I used for the Native American project.
First of all, in preparing for your students to use Aurasma, you’ll need to go to Aurasma.com to set up a Channel. This will allow others to Follow your Channel/your class and view projects as the triggers start the auras.
Twoguysandsomeipads.com is a wealth of knowledge and does an outstanding job of explaining this beginning step (and more!). Also check out kleinspiration.com for further explanatory steps and examples.
Besides the prep work of making Native American folders in our Edmodo class group, here are my steps that were in place. Native American Aurasma project directions
Our students haven’t worked with Aurasma enough yet to complete all of these steps on their own. My teammate and I demonstrated the steps to students after they made their recording this time around.
What I would add to my steps are:
First, make sure you have a strong internet connection, otherwise frustration will follow (I’m speaking from experience!).
Second, when you get a message of “your Aura is finished” – wait! – until you see a purple box with the message “Your Aura is now available on your phone” and then try out the finished project. If you close too early (before the purple box with the message) you’ll probably cancel your completion.
Third, allow plenty of time for recording/video-making as there may be interruptions (no surprise here if you’re a classroom teacher!). It took my class of 24 students 3 days to gather worthwhile recordings. I’m going to try a small mic with the iPads next time….
I’m looking forward to making more auras, each time furthering my students in the whole process. It won’t take long for this tech-savvy generation! When all is said and done, I won’t be surprised if they’ve taught me things along the way. Always learning!
If you use Aurasma, please share how you’ve used overlays and triggers. It’s a fascinating outcome with creative teachers and students at the helm.