I was first introduced to AR last school year. I learned about various apps that use AR technology as somewhat of a game for students. There are fun ones like AR Flash Cards, colAR Mix, and Plants 3D. However, the app that I was the most interested in was Aurasma. With Aurasma you can make your own "auras" and "triggers" come to life with a pop up video. I like to think that I am an experienced technology teacher, so it would be no trouble for me. I was wrong. I tried over and over, contacted Twitter friends that I know use the app, and spent a lot of time researching. I finally decided that it was time for me to abandon ship and go back to just using QR codes.
Fast forward to this fall. We were approaching parent teacher conferences and I decided to give AR a spin again. I was thinking about a bulletin board to put in the hallway that parents could read while they were waiting for their turn. I decided that AR would be the perfect mix of showcasing their children's work while introducing a newer technology to them and the rest of my school.
I loaded Aurasma on my students iPads and signed them all in under my account and put them under my channel. I then had my students write on "guess who" pages. They drew a picture about themselves and wrote three sentences that could lead a reader to discovering who they were. I then called them back one by one and took them through the steps of turning their illustration (called the trigger) into a video overlay (called an aura) of them saying "Hi! You guessed right!"
As we were working on them, the students were eagerly waiting for them to be finished so that they could try to guess each one. I stapled them in the hallway while the students were at a special. As soon as we walked back to our room and saw them up, the students wanted to grab their iPads so that they could check them out. Watching them was something I will not forget. The animated look on their faces when a video "popped up" from a sheet of paper was priceless. Teachers in the hallway stopped to see what we were doing. Everyone was amazed.
To put the finishing touches on the display, I wrote up something about how parents, teachers, and other students could download the app and interact with our bulletin board. During our parent teacher conferences, I put iPads in the hallway for parents to use if they did not have their own device. It was a lot of fun!Teachers, click the picture below to download the "guess who" page for your class!
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