After several years of waiting, the Aurasma is now easily available to all students! The fantastic augmented reality app could previously only be used legally by students older than 17, but in the latest update the recommended age has been changed to 4+.
This opens up a world of possibilities in primary schools like my own.
1. Differentiation made easy
You can easily use Aurasma to link students to videos that match their zone of proximal development. This can be achieved in several ways: you could use instruction sheets and use different images on them to trigger different levelled videos, you could have the triggers placed around the classroom for students to access, or could place them on a continuum.
In my classroom, I use the latter, as our focus on lifelong learning and personalised learning means that students are used to continuums and are comfortable identifying their skill level.
In five hours a day, it is impossible to catch up with every student in every class, but Aurasma allows you to at least deliver personalised content to every student.
2. Digital portfolios
If your school uses physical portfolios, Aurasma is an easy way to start connecting students’ digital material. I have students who have written their poem, added it to their portfolio and used Aurasma to connect it to a video of them presenting their analysis.
This can also be very useful for student led conferences – you could use videos that help prompt students’ thinking, or as an addition to their presentations, showing how iPads can assist their learning.
Aurasma provides students with a more interesting way to think about and present their reflections. Often reflections are rushed at the end, because many students, unfortunately, do not understand why they are important and do not find them that interesting to complete. Using an app like Tellagami to record students reflections can be a lot more engaging, and Aurasma allows these videos to be easily attached to student work. Aurasma is easier to use then creating QR codes and, even better, does not involve printing, which can be difficult in many schools.
4. Encourage reading
In my classroom, I have a reading recommendation wall, full of colour prints of the front covers of books both my students and I have loved. Instead of writing recommendations underneath, we link the pictures to Tellagamis, videos or book trailers about the book. I have found that this is much more engaging for my reluctant readers, as it gives them a good idea about a book before beginning. Book trailers, in particular, allow them to become hooked into a book before reading. My voracious readers also love it, because they can create their own book trailers or ‘book tube’ style reviews, which are fun to make and even more fun to share.
5. Increase vocabulary
If you have a word wall in your classroom, Aurasma is a fantastic way to make it come to life. You could use it as a way for students to hear how a word is pronounced, how how to use the word in context. This is very important in the upper primary and early secondary years, as students are introduced to a complex and abstract vocabulary full of words they do not know how to pronounce or use in a sentence. Students can easily use Aurasma to add their own words to the wall.
How have you used Aurasma in your classroom?