Sunday, July 7, 2013

Augmented Reality in Kindergarten with Aurasma

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by Matt Gomez. You can connect with me on my blog mattBgomez.comTwitterFacebook or Pinterest.
Aurasma is a free app that is similar to QR codes except the QR code part can be any image instead of a code. What that means is you can set the "trigger" to be just about any image you want. My mind has been racing with the amazing possibilities this app provides. Since I found it close to the end of the year I decided to use it to slightly improve an idea I already had planned for the last weeks of school. I wanted my current Kindergarten class to make videos explaining the classroom expectations to the incoming Kindergarten kids for next year and Aurasma was perfect for this project. Here is how it works (detailed pics below)...
First, you need to decide what the overlay is going to be. The overlay is what happens when the app recognizes a trigger. For our project the overlays were the videos explain the classroom expectations. We made all of those videos first and saved them on the iPad camera roll.
The next step is deciding the trigger image. This is the image that the Aurasma app will recognize and then show the overlay you decide. The image at the top of this post is an example of a trigger image I created. The trigger can really be any image you want. I decided to include the Aurasma logo in all the trigger images so the kids would know what to look for. Since I want my class to be a print rich environment I also added text to all the trigger images. I used a google image search to find the pictures and Microsoft Word to make create all the trigger images.
I posted the trigger images all over my room and next year we will explore them the first week of school as I introduce things to the class. We have videos for bathroom expectations, Texas Pledge, our one rule, locker expectations, how to log onto the computer, and many more. I also plan to make an interactive word wall using the app next year. My plan is to have a kids say each word and use it in a sentence, then the kids can use the iPad to "read the room" as a literacy center.
Here is a video showing what the kids will see on the iPad. They will open Aurasma and hold the iPad over the trigger image and this will happen... (Be Brave Rule Video)
Another Example (Texas Pledge)
Here is a step by step guide to creating an Aura
** Note the indicator at the bottom of the image below, this will help you make sure you choose a good trigger image that the app can recognize. The goal is to get the indicator to the green side.
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  1. Thanks for sharing! I saw a school wide use of Aurasma and it is on my to do list! I think I am in shock with the Texas pledge. I didn't realize it was one state under God. Is that new or have students always just said that pledge?

  2. I can't wait to share this with my teachers! Thanks Matt!