Aurasma: a little Hocus-pocus and Harry Potter magic
Type of technology:
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: all grade levels
Subject area: all subject areas
My socks are knocked off! Pigs are flying and the fat woman just sang her last tune. I am so amazed by this app. It’s my version of Harry Potter’s magic merging with the classroom. This app makes every beginning teacher look like a pro. Aurasma conjured up many crazy ideas that started brewing in my head once I saw this app in motion. I immediately coaxed my daughter to try new auras and come up with examples to share with friends, teachers, and family.
Aurasma is an app that will attach a picture or video to an image. The images and videos are called auras and auras are found everywhere, many household items like cereal boxes, cleaning supplies, school supplies, etc. All you have to do is download the Aurasma app on your device and wave your “magic wand” (device) over an aura. Poof! An image or video will magically appear.
My first aura I worked was a heartfelt thank you message my daughter made for her Kindergarten teacher. We connected it with a heart art project and her teacher loved it! My daughters and I also put together an ABC auras and connected the short videos of the letter sounds with the ABC cards. My youngest daughter loves learning her letters from these cards. Hopefully, when time permits, I have some choice art work I would like to add an aura of my daughters’ description of their self-portraits and award winning school art projects.
I have also taken a picture of a book a student enjoyed reading and added their short video report to make a really neat book report. And I have made many vocabulary charts with auras of students defining the words. In the classroom, we took pictures of student work the presidents and added a aura of the students sharing a few facts of their favorite presidents. Their parents loved this! Around the classroom are vocabulary charts that I have connected to auras of students defining the words. I have enjoyed playing around with Aurasma and know that there so many more wonderful projects I will discover through the years.
Fun ways to add technology in the classroom readily available to families
Students love to play with this app
Aurasma makes you look like a tech pro!
Not for the faint at heart
I had to watch a couple of youtube videos to properly make an aura
My ipad wasn’t working properly with the app. I found that I lost some great video footage of first hand students’ reactions
This app is worth a try! Aurasma makes the Hocus Pocus come to life and magically compels a regular classroom teacher to be a Hogwarts wizard.