July 24, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Augmented Reality at Summer Bridges

Mrs. Hamman's Class Blog: Augmented Reality in Summer Bridges

Last week a small group of incoming third graders came to school for the Summer Bridges program. We’ve been working on reading and math, but we also have been investigating some of the new technology we’ll be using in third grade this year. One thing that really captured our attention was all the new apps that use augmented reality. We experimented with Fetch! Lunch Rush and colAR and were so fascinated by them, we decided we wanted to try to create augmented reality content for ourselves.

Last week we read a nonfiction story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We thought the story was really interesting and it led to us looking up other websites and videos online to learn more. We wondered if many other kids knew anything about this issue, and we decided we wanted to share what we learned with others. This would be a perfect chance to use augmented reality!

First we brainstormed a list of ten questions people might have about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and we looked up the answers to each one. Then we printed up our list of questions and put them on posters which we decorated and hung in our hallway. We created short videos where we answered the questions we had printed on the posters. (Because we were experimenting with all kinds of technology last week, we broke out the green screen and used the Green Screen Movie FX Studio app on an iPad to create the videos.) Then we used the Aurasma app to place the videos as overlays over our poster images; Aurasma calls the merged images “auras”. When we invited other people to view our videos, they were amazed!

Using augmented reality is a fun new way to get a message to people. We enjoyed learning how to use the Aurasma app and now that we’ve tried it, we can think of lots of ways we can use this in our third grade classrooms this year!

If you’d like to view our first “auras”, here’s how to do it:

1. Download the free Aurasma app on your device. Once the app is on your device you can set up your own account for free.

2. Search for FPES Room 505 (just type in “FPES”) and follow our channel.

3. Click on one of the pictures in our post (below) to enlarge it on your screen.

4. Open the viewer window (bottom middle icon) on the Aurasma app and point it at one of our questions. You’ll see a swirling purple circle, then our answer video should appear.

Note: you may need headphones to hear our videos; we only had about an hour to create them all and we didn’t have time to edit them to improve the sound quality! Since you might have a hard time hearing our answers to the questions, we will also type the answers in the comments below.

If you are a teacher and would like to learn more about augmented reality in your classroom, here are two great blogs to check out:

Have you ever used augmented reality?

What else can we do with the Aurasma app? 

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