Augmented Reality Shakespeare

First of all a big thank you to @anisesmith for Tweeting the link out to the app I’m about to share with you.  I LOVE it!  She shared it with her Twitter followers yesterday afternoon and, after playing around with it on silly household items  (making pictures move – just like in Harry Potter), I decided that it was so very easy to use that I must be able to think of a way to use it in a classroom.  As I’m and English teacher I decided that there was no better place to start than with Shakespeare!

Aurasma

The app she referred me to is called Aurasma and is currently available for both andriod and ios smart phones – It’s also completely FREE! .

Anise often tweets about SEO, marketing and QR and AR and although her tweet had nothing to do with education, what she sent me to look at got me thinking….The link she sent through was to a video made at the recent CES show. in it CNET‘s team were showing how they had set Aurasma to play a video about them and their company every time anyone pointed their phone (with the app)  at their logo… Any of their logos, anywhere.

Basically the App lets you take a snap shot of something in front of you (in my case images on a worksheet) and then assign an object to that.  When someone turns on the app and hovers their camera over the image you picked, the app recognises it and superimposes what ever you told it to.  That can be an image or video from your phone or one of the free resources that comes with the APP.  I think that this helps speed up the process a bit when you want to leave digital clues on a worksheet. Instead of QR codes students get to see the resource Augmented onto their work and (the good news is) it’s really, really easy to do!

Here’s what I came up with:

If you want to see if the worksheet will work for you then:

Download the Aurasma App : andriod or ios
Download the worksheet you saw me use in the video: ARCAPULET.doc
Now, I’d love to be able to share one link that sent you all of the different AR messages you need but i can’t seem to get Aurasma to work like that (Aurasma team… any clues?)  So…
Then:  (edited a bit from the email they send when you share your “Auras”
1) Open this post on your device and click the link below.
2) If you don’t have Aurasma installed, the link will take you to the iOS App Store or Android Market; install the app then come back and click the link again.
3) The link will launch Aurasma, and share my Aura with you (which may take a while depending on your network speed).
4) As soon as the sharing is complete, follow my instructions above to find it.
I’m really keen to know what you think.  I see a lot of potential here. Especially if we can create resource sets which involve one worksheet and one link that students download into the app when they enter the classroom.  I’d love to know if Aurasma have started working on that functionality and I’d love to know if the above links make it all work for you!
I wait with bated breath! 🙂

Comments

  • Anise Smith
    Reply

    I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done! The world needs more amazing teachers that are willing to use technology to reach out to kids. YOU ROCK!

    • Teacher Technologies

      Thanks for that Anise 🙂 And for all your other support for the post 🙂  I’m working with pre-service teachers at the moment so I’ll make sure they get to see whats possible too 🙂  See if we ca inspire a few people to try it out 🙂 

  • AniseSmithNBN
    Reply

    I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done! The world needs more amazing teachers that are willing to use technology to reach out to kids. YOU ROCK!

    • mochinbach

      Thanks for that Anise 🙂 And for all your other support for the post 🙂  I’m working with pre-service teachers at the moment so I’ll make sure they get to see whats possible too 🙂  See if we ca inspire a few people to try it out 🙂