Create Auras with Aurasma
Type of technology: Aurasma App
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Any
Subject area: Any
What’s your Aura? This is not an existential question. This is practical. The concept of the Aurasma App is simple: attach a video to a photographic image of a specific object. Using the App on any smart device, one can then hold the device over the object and the video “magically” appears. This is your aura.
The Lesson Plan:
DAY ONE: I took AVID students to the library to select novels that they have read this semester and would be willing to review. Then, we returned to the classroom and brainstormed what makes a good book review. We watched book reviews for teen books on Youtube and compiled a list of techniques. Students had to include four components to their own reviews:
- State Title and Author
- Give the gist of the novel
- State why you recommend the novel
- Indicate who would enjoy reading this novel
On the same day, I met with Amy Woods, our librarian, to run a test of the app and teach ourselves how to use it. We logged onto the app and created a channel called “lacolinalibrary” where we planned to house the Book Review Auras for select titles in our school library. If the lesson went well, we would extend the opportunity to other students at the school, and the library would have a special shelf of books with Auras that students could watch, using the app on their smart phones or an iPad.
DAY TWO: My class returned to the library to get the process overview (click the link to see how the process works) verbally and using this helpful handout. Students also practiced their reviews, working in pairs, taping each other. If students wanted to review the same text, I allowed them to review together, like “Siskel and Ebert”.
DAY THREE: students taped their reviews in pairs and attached their videos to the images of their book covers, thus completing their Book Review Auras for each title. Our librarian created a special location in the library for books with Auras so that students can watch reviews using the app on their smart phones.
Watch this screen-cast to see a sample of what we accomplished:
How can you use Aurasma in your own classroom? After completing this activity and watching this demonstration video about Aurasma, I think this could be an alternative method for conveying content to students or personalizing content. Consider that this video hyperlink can be attached to a photograph of nearly any physical object: a poster in your classroom, a Science Fair board, a worksheet or a handout, a newspaper article, a class photo or even a can of soup. What does your imagination say?