How I Use It
I have used Aurasma extensively with a wide variety of students and subjects. Most of the time, we use this app to share student-created content (usually videos). Occasionally, we've used Aurasma to deliver teacher-created content to introduce a concept or hook students into a lesson. If you are looking for a way to use Aurasma in your classroom, here are some examples of successful projects I've done with students in grades 2-7: 1) interactive word wall - trigger videos of vocabulary words being acted out or still images illustrated the word; 2) interactive art gallery - artwork triggers a video of students explaining their art; 3) interactive timeline - each image in the timelines triggers a student-created video/report about the event; 4) hall of presidents - presidential portrait triggers a video biography; 5) book trailers - scanning the cover of the book triggers a book trailer; 6) Parent Night welcome - pictures of students come to life to tell their parents about their favorite subjects. Our biggest AR project is an interactive world map. As fourth grade students learn world history, they work in groups to create videos or thinking maps about the content. They then attach the content to the map symbol. Other students scan the symbols to view the content. So far the map has accumulated two years worth of content and students are really invested in the permanence of their work.
Aurasma is what you make of it. It is merely a tool for delivering content, albeit in a unique way. Teachers can make the most of the app by giving students the opportunity to be creative content creators. I recommend teachers sign up for an Aurasma Studio (website) account. It is free for educators and a more powerful way to load content into the app. Some users complain about the hassle of subscribing to a channel in order to view content. On the flip side, channels can provide a layer of privacy for your students. One benefit to using Aurasma over Layar (a similar app) is the option to upload content from within the app or online via Aurasma Studio.