This article first appeared in 2012 on my blog, It is all Connected.
Aurasma Lite allows you to create and view augmented reality tags, or Auras as they are called, in the world around you. The app allows you to create your own tag with premade Auras provided in the app (Aurasma animation, images or 3D models), or leave your own photo or movie file from your photo stream.
There are two options for making an Aura with the app, regular and local (published in a channel). A regular Aura is usually connected to an image that you place the Aura on. You can then share that Aura through social media or email. When someone clicks on the Aura link they can see your tag if they have the same image. A quick example would be leaving an Aura on a newspaper photo.
A local Aura is placed in a physical location. This is great for creating tags for schools or museums. The difference is that the user makes a channel to share the Auras left at that location.
Aurasma also has a studio to create layered Auras. The picture in the “Why I like it” section will give you an example of how the studio works.
Why I like it:
Steps to View:
- Download the Aurasma Lite app.
- Create an account.
- Search for “Jamey Boelhower ” with the search option and subscribe to my channel.
- Point mobile device at the picture below to activate the Auras. Double tap the video to go full screen, tap the A to go to Aurasma’s site, and tap the Twitter icon to see my profile. Video was made with ScreenChomp.
Use in the classroom:
I think the power of Aurasma for educators is in the studio creation of Auras. Below is a picture of content I have tagged in a social studies book.
Like the location Auras, the studio allows you to have a channel that you can update at anytime. You can leave instructional videos, websites, and other material tagged in traditional books. Many students use the calculator on their phone to do math problems, imagine, though, that they can review a lesson because it is tagged to an image in their textbook.
Using the app to create Auras can be a great way to make posters or bulletin boards interactive in the classroom. Students can make review videos for books and leave Auras on book covers. There are some many ways to use Aurasma in the classroom.
Share your ideas with me in the comment section.