We recently completed a biography unit for which my students researched famous Americans and wrote five paragraph biographical essays. They attached a photo to their essays to serve as the trigger for their auras. The overlay was a video they recorded speaking in the first person about their famous American. Click the video below to see an aura of Barack Obama.
Since our biography project was such a hit, I decided to create an interactive bulletin board/science center on animal adaptations. I used pictures and videos I took from a recent field trip to our local zoo. Each animal's picture triggers a video I took while at the zoo. The students' task was to watch the videos on the iPads and record the adaptations (physical and/or behavioral) they observed. As a challenge/extension, they could write an essay comparing and contrasting two of the animals' habitats. Click the video below to see a couple of the auras in action.
For both projects, I used Aurasma, which is a free and user-friendly app. If you’re interested in trying Aurasma, check out Matt Gomez’s tutorial to help you get started.