A little over a year ago I went to EdCamp Madison, and thank goodness I used the power of the feet. During the 2nd hour of sessions I attended 3 sessions that weren’t what I wanted or needed. I walked into the 4th session and it was AWESOME! It introduced me to Augmented Reality, and for the next 1 1/2 years I couldn’t wait for the right opportunity to introduce it at Marian Catholic.
The 2 apps that were discussed at EdCamp Madison were Aurasma and Layar. Aurasma is mainly used in a similar manner to QR codes where a student scans an image with the Aurasma app, and in this case it begins playing a video.
The Layar app was the other one discussed, but I haven’t had much time to explore their app. From their website it looks almost like creating a page in iBooks with widgets. There is also a way to scan the area around you for geotags. This is will be one of my next ventures, so if you have any ideas for Layar and geotags – I’d appreciate the feedback.
The Artist Cafe
One of our art teachers decided to host an Artist Cafe in our library. Students recreated a famous piece by the artist of their choice, and created a short presentation so visitors could learn more about the artists and the student’s own artwork. She wanted to give more people a chance to see this artwork, and I knew my wait to use Augmented Reality was finally over.
The process was somewhat simple once I consulted with my PLN and got some valuable insight from Beth Holland @brholland, Anthony John Peters @, and Paul Hamilton @PaulHamilton8. I attended Paul’s augmented reality session at #ettipad San Diego where he gave us great instructions on creating an Aura, and even more importantly reminded us to not confuse excited students with engaged students. Here is a link to Anthony John Peter’s lesson to identify and correctly analyse different forms of humour.
First, all the Auras must be loaded to the same channel, and therefore must be created by using the same account. I decided to use multiple iPads, but they need to be logged in to the same account. Since we had 2 Art I classes doing this project I used 2 iPads, 1 for each class, and logged into my Aurasma account on both devices.
Recording the Presentations
In order to help expedite the process of recording videos, we utilized PromptSmart which would allow us to load student scripts directly from Google Drive. We placed the iPad with PromptSmart directly under the iPad which was recording the presentation. This kept students looking straight ahead and into the camera.
All of the 2nd period student presentations were recorded on the first iPad, and the 3rd period presentations were recorded on the other iPad. If you wanted students to create their own videos, you could create a folder on Google Drive where they can upload their videos. However, this method would require videos to be downloaded one at a time to the iPad in order to create the Auras.
Creating the Auras
Before you begin making the Auras, you must create a channel and make it Public. All your Auras must be added to this channel in order to be seen by your audience. The channel will be shared via email, Twitter, SMS, etc… with your audience.
As you create the Auras, you first choose the Overlay. The Overlay is the video that will appear on top (overlay) the image. Choose On Device, and then choose the correct video from your camera roll. You will name this, so we used the student’s first initial and last name which was consistent with how we named everything in this project.
Your next step is to take a photo of the Trigger image. You can’t choose an image from the device – it must be printed, or in our case the student artwork. There is an indicator at the bottom of the screen when you take the picture. When the indicator is toward the right side (green), take the picture.
Lastly, name the Aura and make sure it is not only Public, but your Channel is selected. Any Auras not in your public channel will not be visible by your visitors.
Sharing your Channel
Once your Auras are created, you can share your Channel so people will be able to utilize the Aurasma app. You can send it in many different ways, but I think the trickiest part would be to share with visitors. I thought of using a QR code, but this would possibly require visitors to download that app as well.
Your visitors can also search for your channel as well, but it’s easier if you can get them a specific link to avoid wasted time.
So far this has been a huge hit with our students, faculty and administration. I can’t wait to do more of these and clean up the process even more. When I do this again, I will expect students to record their presentations on their own iPads (we are 1:1) and use the DoInk app to add an appropriate backdrop – like their painting.