A few years back, I attended a conference where one of the speakers shared a program on her iPad called Aurasma. It takes a specific trigger image and makes it interactive. I was intrigued but didn't think much about it again.
Not long ago, my yearbook representative stopped in and showed me something a school district in Indiana is doing with Aurasma and it blew me away! The kids are shooting photos for the pages, but also short video clips as well. They used images on the pages to trigger the video clips. (For example, at the championship Volleyball match, they did a few short video clips of a serve, a spike, etc... and had one of the images tagged to trigger the video clip.) It is AWESOME.
That got me thinking, what can classroom teachers do with this program to make their lessons interactive? Even teachers of secondary students could use this app to make class different and exciting.
Picture a social studies class. Place clips of images around the classroom and find a short video clip or audio piece that links to it. (I have discovered about 30 seconds max for the clips) Have kids download the aurasma app and take a tour of the room. The same could be done in an Art class, a math class, or even in English.
The whole concept is a great way to incorporate technology but also make class different for the kids.
To use it, one has to have a login and an account create and the app has to be downloaded to the device (tablet, smartphone) so it works. You can create the actual triggers (or aura) on the computer and merely use the device to make it work. It really doesn't take that long to make things happen either.
My yearbook staff decided quick to make the book interactive and have video clips of things that happen. I can't wait to see how it comes out.