Bring schools to life with Aurasma app

The Magic of Bringing Information to life.

AurasmaI’m assuming you’ve seen at least one of the eight Harry Potter films. In the films, one everyday magical experience is that photos are always moving as if they were video screens, even though they are ‘printed’ on paper. Newspaper photos act out the news event as film too, whilst you walk down the road reading. It seems so magical and yet, like so many things these days , there’s an app for that!

The Aurasma App (free) allows you to create what’s known as Augmented Reality (Real life with extra info added)

Here’s a great intro into the world of Augmented Reality.

And here’s Aurasma’s own demo video of it in action:

Before I take you though how to make your own, let’s look at the potential uses for learning.

Lets start with possible posters on the walls around your school or classroom that come to life and

  1. welcome visitors and introduce the school.
  2. animate mathematical problems being solved.
  3. explain how to use school equipment (useful in my technology or science classrooms)
  4. bring famous people from history to life with students acting out their most famous moments or words.
  5. explain famous paintings on demand
  6. introduce apps with demos of students using them.

What about the school newsletters? Every photo could be the first frame of a video and showcase performances and sporting moments.

What about worksheets or project introduction sheets that come to life and guide the students through the process.

The possibilities are endless! The idea that all those posters that have been unnoticed on classroom walls for decades could now offer a real interactive experience on demand is really exciting!

Getting started with your first “Auras”

Below is a step-by-step guide but here are the essentials:

  1. Record a video using the iPad’s Camera or animation app like iMotionHD.
  2. Pause the video on the first frame to grab a screenshot of it for the poster
  3. Make a poster using your screenshot and add words, titles and the Aurasma logo to indicate it being interactive but also to make the poster’s layout unique enough to be recognised by the app.
  4. Run through the process in the guide below of adding the video to Aurasma and taking a photo of your finished poster as the ‘trigger’ image.
  5. When finished, name your aura and add it to a class / school channel within you free Aurasma account. This will make it public for the students to subscribe to in their Aurasma apps and so interact with all the posters in the class / school.

I will have a fun 2014 with this app. Here’s the guide: (PNG links to PDF)

School Aurasma

And thanks to Serena Davies (@serenadavies1), here’s the info in Welsh!….

School Aurasma-Welsh

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  4. Currently my two nephews are using this app with great success in their reading. Previously not that interested in books they now have to take a photo of any book they wish to read at school and record themselves reading on Aurasma. They love it. I can see benefits for the teacher here as well; being able to listen to a child read and record data etc. at a more convenient time. Much more preferable to the current one on one testing in class time.
    Personally I can’t wait to have talking safety posters and instructional videos above each machine in the workshop situation. Even better when the students themselves can make them.

    • Thanks for the comment, Alan. I’m glad you can see the potential too. It’s a lot more fun than those QR codes. Term 4 will be a good time to record some safety videos, ready for next year. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for the great post. . . Just the succinct info I need to send to my teacher friends to nudge them a bit. I’m using Aurasma in my elem. music room to bring composers and performers to life, and to show videos of children actively learning/performing in my classroom. I can’t wait for the parents to experience it next week at parent/teacher conferences.
    FYI Finding your blog has been the highlight of my week,

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