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Great to see @KarlynAdler use @Aurasma to enhance her classroom’s bulletin board with student voices.

In December, I shared the Aurasma augmented reality app with many of the K-2 teachers. I had ideas for book reviews and narrated Admissions tours and curated parent shares. Aurasma lets the camera on your iPhone or iPad zero in on an image (the trigger) in order to call up a corresponding overlay (the aura).

Two weeks ago, I spent time with Karlyn Adler (@karlynadler) and Katie Pabarue (@kpabarue) playing with the app, and I was pleased to see that it was crashing less than it did when I first downloaded it in the fall. We brainstormed ways to use it and practiced creating auras and exploring channels. We decided it may make sense to create a channel for their classroom and just have that app/channel loaded on designated iPads in their class.

Katie has been using it to link book covers with audio and/or video of her students reviewing the book. I can’t wait to see this in action. Karlyn told me that they had a great parent share last week (while I was at NAIS), where her students walked around with their parent and used Aurasma to view short videos triggered by the bulletin boards. I went up to see for myself and captured this video:

I approached Belinda Nicholson, Principal of the Middle Division at The School at Columbia University, and we had a great conversation yesterday about possibly using it for Admissions tours — one possibility is that we could have designated iPads for tours and let room signs trigger information about the classroom or the teacher or the type of work that goes on in the space. Today, Belinda told me already had a bunch of ideas including  using an image of the student schedule to trigger audio of what a typical week looks/feels like.

At NAIS last week, I attended Lori Carroll (@lcarroll94)and Justine Fell (@justfell)’s Aurasma showcase at the speed innovating session, and it was great to swap ideas with them. They shared a great one-sheeter that I’ve since further shared with teachers here at The School. Contact them to see if they’ll share it with you!

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Notes from the Augmented Reality session at #edcamphome


Our Augmented Reality conversation from today’s #edcamphome. Yes, I chose to be recorded while still in my pajamas at 12:47pm EST.

I took part in edcampHome today. This was the 2nd annual edcampHome, and this morning there were two sessions to meet and discuss a variety of educational topics including social media, literacy, educational technology, augmented reality, Chromebooks, gamification, makerspaces, and more. The organizers used a Google+ Community for participants to gather and collaborate. A sub-page was created for members to suggest and nominate conversational ideas, and people met in Google Hangouts to discuss these democratically-chosen top topics. For each of the two sessions, I had to fill out a Google Form where I chose my desired topic, and ingenious GoogleScripts were written to signal moderators to invite me to the conversation. Each of the Google Hangouts were live-streamed and archived to YouTube via the magic of Hangouts On Air. Links to these videos can be found on edcampHome’s website:
Session 1 videos: http://edcamphome.org/2-0/session-1/
Session 2 videos: http://edcamphome.org/2-0/session-2/

Many thanks to all of the organizers and moderators who volunteered their time and energies to make edcampHome happen! Lord knows, I’ve organized my share of conferences by now, and it was a pleasure to simply be able to participate. It was a remarkable (and time-consuming) feat and worthy of a few rounds of applause.

For Session 1, I joined the Augmented Reality session generously moderated by Chris Webb. I wish I’d copied down the chat notes from the session before I closed the Google Hangout window, but here’s what I managed to write down:

Chris shared about Daqri’s cubes to teach the elements: http://www.fastcompany.com/3014771/tech-forecast/daqris-4d-cubes-use-augmented-reality-to-teach-kids-the-periodic-table-of-elem

Brenda spoke about her use of the Aurasma app to gather student-created book reviews that are triggered by looking at a book cover through any device. Brenda also said students love the colAR app to enhance their drawings and AR Flashcards – Animal Alphabet app for making letters more memorable.

Debra shared two links:
AR-media: http://www.armedia.it/technology.php
GE’s Augmented Reality product: http://www.augmentedplanet.com/2009/05/ge-augmented-reality-demo/

Terri Eichholz shared a post to a list of resources: http://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com/augmented-reality/

Drew Minock tweeted in this link about a web series he co-facilitates that includes AR resources: http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/. Drew also shared the link to last year’s augmented reality session from #edcamphome:

As for me, I’m looking forward to piloting some augmented reality projects using Aurasma with Kindergarten teachers at The School in January. I already approached the teachers in December, and we have a few ideas in the works…

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