The Many Possibilities of Aurasma
Type of Technology: iPad/Smart Phone App
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: All Elementary Grades
Cost: Free App
Normally I have been focusing my blog posts on EDU/NEO. This time I want to introduce you to a great app that has many uses in the classroom. Utilizing this app can make your job easier while making you seem quite techy and organized.
Aurasma basically focuses on an image which triggers a video to play. I am using this app to have a bountiful amount of presentations in my classroom for Open House. Attached here a few examples of work the students did in fourth grade and will have available at Open House so parents can see the many and varied projects we have been doing in our class.
This video shows students capturing a trigger image and playing the video tagged to the image.
I am going to place the Aurasma logo on an image in the class during Open House so parents will know that there is an aura attached to the image. Parents can walk around the classroom and learn about all of the different projects their child did as well as others in the class. Each person has the freedom to wander around the class and capture trigger images on items they want to hear about.
If some students do not wish to have a video of themselves, they can use the Tellagami app to create an avatar of themselves that can be attached to the trigger image instead. See an example of this here:
Aurasma has many practical uses in the classroom as well. A teacher can videotape a lesson about a science experiment and any absent student can watch it and then perform the experiment. This allows absent students to make-up work by seeing the actual lesson.
Another practical use is to have trigger images around the classroom that students can scan that will give them steps on how to do a project or an independent work activity. This allows the teacher to work individually with others while having a prepared video to guide students. The teacher simply has a small icon of the Aurasma displayed below each trigger image and they are set to go.
As you can see the possibilities are limitless. As more people use it, more ideas and possibilities will be known. What will you do with Aurasma?!