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Augmented Reality In The Elementary School Setting

Augmented Reality In The Elementary School Setting
Teachers are the best “hackers” in the world.  Now that is a weird statement, but hear me out.  Teachers find great tools, and “hack” them to work for their environment.  No better of an example can be what Mrs. Yarnall and Mrs. Serra did with Mrs. Yarnall’s Monarch Butterfly unit.

2nd grade.  We all remember 2nd grade right?  You know, the life cycle unit?  My memory may be a little more vivid than others because I will never forget that I didn’t poke holes in the top of the jar for my poor caterpillars.

With today’s technology, learning can take a new meaning, as teachers can now easily embed different styles of content, directly in their lesson that they never would of had the opportunity to embed before.

This is where the application Aurasma comes into play. Aurasma is an application that was designed to be for the advertising world.  Marketing departments would design a static advertisement, and when you pointed the camera of your phone or tablet at the ad, it would come to life, either through a video or an animation.

Teachers have now “hacked” Aurasma as a new and innovative way to deliver content to our students, as well as to create new modalities of assessment for our students work.  Let’s take a look at how Mrs. Yarnall and Mrs. Serra used it and other applications for Mrs. Yarnall’s unit, and then imagine how this could give a new level of assessment strategies for our students in the future.

Students learning about Monarch Butterflies came in and had four target images.  When they launched the Aurasma app and held the camera over the image, they would get a video describing whatever picture they were seeing.  This allowed the students to experience self-guided learning in a new modality.

Students also used the app ColAR mix.  This allowed them to fill in a picture and then see it in an animated 3D view.

While these are basic uses of these apps, this process will set students up for a new way of showing their knowledge.  Imagine a student in an art class recording a video of themselves describing their picture, and then when visitors came through the school, they could hold their phone up to the picture and actually hear from the student who created it!

How about the fantastic Saint Project at St. Boniface?  Students could record a video of themselves dressed up as their Saint talking about everything that they had learned.  They could then associate that video with a picture of the Saint around the school building.  This could be a great learning tool not only for the students, but parishioners as well.

I’m excited with what our teachers have done in such a short amount of time with the new technology.  I can’t wait to see what they “hack” next!

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