Aurasma – Augmented reality app

URL: http://www.aurasma.com/

Description: Augmented reality app that you can use to make static images come to life as videos in the target language

Cost: Free

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Application: Aurasma is an augmented reality app available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. There are many ways to use it, but one idea is to use images of proficient speakers of the target language as trigger images for videos of the same speakers talking. You can post these trigger images around the classroom, and students can move around the room (alone or in groups of two or more), using the app to trigger and watch the videos. They fill out a worksheet to ensure they are understanding the key information from each video.

An advantage to using Aurasma rather than showing the videos to the whole class is that the students can work independently and at their own pace. They can watch the videos as many times as necessary to fill out the worksheet. You can also offer personalized assistance to students who need it, and stay out of the way of students who don’t need it.

An advantage to using Aurasma rather than having the students view the videos on their own devices is that it gets them moving around the room. Do not underestimate the power of movement to re-energize your class! Students also find it amazing to see the static images come to life when using the app.

Here is an example worksheet for checking video comprehension. I used this with kids learning Japanese, but you could use this for any language, assuming you had/created the right videos. I used Video Dropbox to collect videos from target-language speakers around the world.

Aurasma Studio is the web interface for Aurasma that you use to upload the videos and images you use, then create the “Auras” that allow you to trigger the videos using the images.

[Cross-posted here.]

Betsy Lavolette

Betsy Lavolette is the director of the Gettysburg College Language Resource Center.

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