A friend asked me about Aurasma today and it reminded me that I keep meaning to play with it more ;-) . The Aurasma app I have on my iPad allows me to add hidden triggers to any images that I take so that when the device is held over the image (could be a place, a book or any object) the extra content I have added will play. There are many animations provided with the app or you can add your own videos and I think this is where it gets clever. These augmented reality triggers are included in the Morris Lessmore picture book and they trigger the content on the Imag-N-Tron
app. I've been experimenting with the Aurasma app today and it is fairly straightforward to use and I think it could be used in lots of exciting ways. Apparently my friend had heard talk of using it to have book trailers play when a certain book cover is hovered over and this sounds very cool indeed. Some ideas I had:
Book cover triggers to student book review videos - nothing better than the recommendation of peers!
If possible links to authors reading aloud from the particular book - for example the video of the wonderful Michael Rosen reading We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Posters in the library linking to videos of student librarians explaining the rules of the library
Display of teacher/librarians favourite books with videos of each of them talking about their reasons attached to 'their' book cover
Trigger objects around the school used as a treasure hunt
Holding app on device over bunsen burner to get video experiments
On a personal note I'd love to buy my nephews & nieces books and then let their parents hover with their phones & discover a video of me reading the book to them - or talking about why I like the book. I'd like to create Auras for all the special Christmas decorations on our family tree too .....but that's just because I love Christmas! Could be a good way to document family history though. Just a few quick ideas but I'm enjoying using Aurasma and think it has real potential.
My blog is a collection of thoughts and I hope you will learn something about me from the ramblings as well as finding some useful links. I'm Bev Humphrey and I'm a Literacy, School Libraries and Technology Consultant. I am self employed so views expressed are solely my own.