I attended a FANTASTIC professional development session last week by Andrew Douch about using technology to enhance student learning. Please visit his website, as he really is a wealth of knowledge. Douch introduced us to Aurasma, an app that uses the same technology that is used for QR codes. Basically, you link a photo with a video. When you scan over the photo, the video begins to play on your device. So here is my Monday Made It – I made an Aura!
In some ways this is simply cool. But there are also some practical uses that are pretty incredible. This week we had a visit from some Aboriginal guests who did some dancing with our students. I took some video of groups of students dancing as brolgas, emus, kangaroos, and lizards. I then created a portfolio page with four photos on it (one for each animal group.) At first glance it looks like a photo page of the experience. But, when you scan over each image you can watch a movie of the dance.
Now, I would love to share all of this with you, but I am not comfortable putting photos and videos up of my students that are not edited to cover their faces.
However, this post would not be very helpful if I did not show you HOW I made it. So I decided to make another Aura that I thought would be useful. I made a simple number writing worksheet. You can download it here: number writing practice sheet. It is useful in its own right – students can practice tracing numbers, then write them on their own. However, the COOL part is that if you scan over the top of the page you will see a video of me writing the numbers and singing our number writing song.
Here is a step by step of how I made the Aura. Follow the red arrows throughout to find the buttons I am mentioning.
1. You must download the Aurasma app (available on iOS and Android).
2. Take a video of something that you want to link to a photo. Since I did this on my phone, I used my iphone to take the video. I filmed myself writing the numbers and singing as I did.
3. Open up the Aurasma app. You will have a screen like this. If you don’t, click on the small arrow/A shape at the bottom, and it will bring you to this screen. Then click on the “+” at the bottom of the screen.
4. Click on “Device.”
6. Choose your VIDEO. Since I had already filmed it on my phone, I went to my Photo Album to retrieve it.
11. Click “Finish.”
15. You will then need to take a “trigger” image. This is the photo or image that you will ultimately scan that will link to the video clip. In order to have a good trigger image, you need the silver dot to be all the way to the right, at the green end of the selector. Obviously my image below was not good. Sometimes tilting the device a little helps to achieve a quality trigger image. You can also grab the arrows around the selector to resize the image area.
So this, of course, is how I made it. I would love for you, my wonderful readers, to download my number writing practice sheet, follow my channel on Aurasma, and see if you can see my Aura! (my video clip). You SHOULD be able to. However, this part has been a bit tricky for me, and I am not completely sure if I have shared it correctly. My Aura works beautifully on my phone, but is inconsistent on my husband’s phone. It would be a HUGE help to me if you tested it out. And if it DOES work, you can see how cool it is first hand! (You can also go to the Aurasma website and test out some of their Auras – it is pretty amazing!)
In order to follow me, on the main screen click on the magnifying glass (the search icon). Search for my channel – Number Writing (Karen Langdon). When it comes up, click “Follow.” You should then be able to see the Aura when you hold your device (with the scanner open) over the number writing page (you will want to print that out first).
Let me know in the comments how you think this type of technology could be useful in your classroom and teaching.