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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Parts of a Book Aurasma Style!

So, I've been playing around with Aurasma and finally figured out how to do multiple overlays for one trigger image.  It's a super neat feature that only Aurasma Studio offers.  The Aurasma app is much more limited comparatively.

I've created a fun labeling activity using Aurasma to check the answers.

 

First students label the parts of a book using paper pieces.  Once finished, they scan their work to check to see if they are correct.  Super easy and super fun!


And you can get this fun activity now on my TpT store for just $3.00.  Just click here or on the picture above to check it out.

If you purchase this item, I'd love to read your feedback on it.  Hope you enjoy!  =)


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Aurasma Book Hunt

In my last post I told you that I was doing some Aurasma activities with my kiddos.  A few weeks ago, I did a Book Hunt with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades to help them review the different fiction sections of the Media Center and I used Aurasma to make it more fun.  It was a BIG hit!  I wanted a new way to teach the fiction sections of the media center and this was it.

For the Book Hunt clues I created, I used Aurasma Studio rather than the Aurasma app.  Aurasma Studio is the online version of the app and it offers tons more options for what you can do...like creating an aura with multiple overlays and actions.  I had not used Aurasma Studio before. I did all my previous auras with the Aurasma app, but I found Aurasma Studio much easier to use for what I was doing.


BTW, you can learn all about using Aursma with my free Aurasma How To Guide.  Just click on the picture or click here to download your copy.

For the Book Hunt lesson, I first reviewed the different sections of the Media Center, how to read a call number and how to look up books in our online catalog, Destiny.  Then we started our Book Hunt.   I used book covers as the trigger images.  I gave the students their first clue printed out.  They did not have to scan it.   It looked something like this:


They would then go and locate that book on the shelf, practicing their skills in reading call numbers and locating materials.  Once they found the book, they would scan the book cover with the Aurasma app and their next clue would appear as an aura.  They would then go and find the next book shown in that clue, repeating the process until they found all 4 or 5 books.

Their final clue looked like this:

I created six groups for this Book Hunt with 4 or 5 books to be found per group.  (Each group had a different color frame around their clue.)  Third grade had 4 books to find and fourth and fifth grade had five books to find.  Below are some pictures of the books they had to locate.  If you follow my Aurasma channel you can scan each book separately to see the clues that the students saw when they scanned the book covers. (To follow my Aurasma channel, type in this URL in the browser of your device that has the Aurasma app on it:  http://bit.ly/MESMCAC  Once you are following my Aurasma channel, you will be able to scan the books below and see the auras I've created.)




They had such a great time on this Book Hunt.

I am hoping to use Aurasma with my first grade classes this week...but that is for another post.  Stay tuned!

Do you have any great ideas for using Aurasma in the classroom or media center?


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I love Aurasma!

I LOVE AURASMA!
In case you have heard of Aurasma, it's a free augmented reality app and website that let's you bring pictures and images to life.  It's super cool and the kids love it!

A few terms you will need to know in order to understand how Aurasma works:


I've been playing around with Aurasma the last few months and have learned a lot about how to use it.  I will presenting with a fellow Media Specialist about Aurasma next weekend at a tech conference, so I really needed to know a lot about it.  I have also recently made a couple of fun activities for my kiddos to use in the Media Center and they have loved it!  I will be posting about those activities soon, so stay tuned.

One of the most important things I found out was that the Aurasma app and Aurasma Studio do NOT synch up, even if you use the same login information.  This was really confusing to me when I first started playing around with Aurasma, but once I realized that each account is separate, it made more sense.  Basically you make two separate accounts. You cannot edit auras you create in Aurasma Studio with the Aurasma app and vice versa....at least not with the free account.  I have not looked into the upgrade.


I have some other great tips, tricks, and resources for using Aurasma Studio and the Aurasma app as well as some ideas for using Aurasma in the media center and in classrooms.  And I've put it all together for you in a free Aurasma How To Guide download.

Although Aurasma is a fantastic app, it's not without its frustrations.  But considering all that it can do and the fact that it is free, it's kind of worth putting up with some of the aggravation.  I have listed some of the common frustrations with Aurasma in the free Aurasma How to Guide download.


There are so many possibilities for using this app.  I started a Pinterest board because I was finding so many great resources.  It started off as just an augmented reality board, but pretty soon it was mostly pins of Aurasma ideas.  I have put the link to this Pinterest board, plus many other Aurasma resources in the free Aurasma How to Guide.

Have a piqued your curiosity?  If you'd like to see how I'm using Aurasma in my media center, you will first need to download Aurasma onto your device and then follow my Aurasma channel.  Aurasma is available for Droid and iPad as well as iPhone.


Once you've downloaded the app, you will need to follow my Aurasma channel.  To do that,  just scan the QR code above or click on or type in this link in a browser on your DEVICE. http://bit.ly/MESMCAC  Go ahead and do that now.  I'll wait...

Okay.  Now you are ready to try it out.  Scan the image below with the Aurasma app and see how cool it really is.  =)  (No, you won't be able to scan this picture if  you are reading this from the device you would scan it with.  You will need to view this post on a different device or computer and then scan it with the device on which you have the Aurasma app.)


Now, I bet you are thinking, "That is really neat!  How can I do that?"

Just download the free Aurasma How To Guide I created.  It's full of step-by-step instructions with screen shots, as well as helpful video links and tons of resources.

If you download the free Aurasma How To Guide, please leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.

Thanks!







Monday, September 1, 2014

Free Author Poster

I have decided to spotlight an author each month again this year and will again offer the posters as freebies.  This month's author spotlight is a twoffer...Jan and Stan Berenstain.


To download your free author poster, click on the picture above or click here.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Don't Forget!


The Back to School Boost TpT sale is today.  Just enter Promo Code BOOST at checkout to get your 28% off any of my paid TpT products.  Click here to go to my TpT store.

Happy Shopping!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Freebies!!!


I just looked over the freebies page on The Book Bug and there are 85 freebies posted.  All just for you!


 Have you checked out the Freebies page lately?   Just click on the freebies link at the top to go there now.

Hope you enjoy!


Monday, August 18, 2014

New web 2.0 tools

I came across some fun new web 2.0 tools this summer and thought I'd share them with you.


QR Voice is a web 2.0 tool that lets you type in a message and then it will create a QR code that, when scanned, will turn what you typed into a voice that reads the message.  There are different language accents to choose from to make the voice different.  It is very easy to use.
Scan the code above to see the example I made. Then go to http://qrvoice.net/ to try it out for yourself.
You can change the color of the QR code, but it does take a few more steps, and the use of another website.  


If you want to change up the color of the QR code, scan the QR code with a QR code scanner on your phone.  I like the app  iNigma. Then copy the URL of the page your QR code scanner sends you to and email the link to yourself.


Use the website QR Stuff to make a colored version of the QR code by copying the link in the email you sent to yourself.


 Paste the link into the content box.  Then you can adjust the color and download your new QR code.


I also used bitly to make the URL shorter so the QR code would be more clear (not so many little boxes in the code).



Similar to QR Voice is QR Voice Tags.  It's easy to use as well, but there are a few more steps involved. QR Voice Tags will actually email you your completed QR code to download, rather than being able to get it directly from their site.  The neat thing about QR Voice Tags, though, is that you record your own voice.
To try it out for yourself, go to http://www.qrvoicetags.com/


Quozio lets you turn "beautiful words into meaningful images in seconds."  This site makes it easy to share your creations because it connects to facebook and Twitter, or you can email it.  You must sign up for an account, but accounts are free.

Here is an example of one sign that I made.  Check it out at http://quozio.com/ and see what you think.

What are some of your favorite web 2.0 tools?