Now you might think it strange at first like I did and not understand how it works so I thought I would just go ahead and teach you how to make one. Here are the steps in creating auras for your students:
Step 1: Create an account in Aurasma Studio.
Step 2: Read the content tutorial and check out the layout of the navigation tools. It is very simple and easy. Basically, just go down the list of icons to create your aura.
Step 3: Load a Trigger Image. It seems that real images work better than clip art. It will tell you if the Trigger Image is not good enough. I like to use Pixabay for public domain pics. Just click on add. Then name your image - browse your computer for the image - give it a description - press save. You will see Complete under the Training Column when it has been accepted.
Step 4: Go through the same steps for adding your Overlay. You will notice you can add a video, image, or 3D model. The image can be animated as well. If you add video you may want to be careful on the length of the video because you have to continue to hold it over the image for it to work which can become tiring. What I do is just add a link to the video to SafeShare. So when the overlay appears, students can just click on the overlay and it will link them to the video.
Step 5: Next create your Channel of where your Auras will be housed. What I am going to do is create a channel for each project that I work on so for this particular project I called my channel Life Cycles. You will also notice that you can set your auras to private or public. Once you have created your channel - click on Link to Subscribe. This will give you the link to your channel. Copy it somewhere because you will need this later.
Step 6: Now it is time to create your aura. Basically, you are going to click on Add - Name your new aura and click on the drop-down menu for the trigger image and channel. Do the same for the overlay. If you want to add special actions such as linking to a website just click the Add Action button. You will see the trigger and overlay together and can size it if needed. Most of the time I have the overlay the same size as the trigger. Click Save.
Step 7: Now all you have to do is create a QR code of the Channel you created and print out the Trigger Images. Students will scan the code on the iPads and it will automatically open up the app and allow the iPad to follow the channel. Students can then scan the triggers and enjoy.
If you would like to learn more about augmented reality apps and download my FREEBIE of the Life Cycle Scavenger Hunt click on the picture below.
How would you use Aurasma in your classroom? I would love to hear from you!