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.
Note: Since this post was first published, Aurasma has become HP Reveal. The app works in much the same way, but parts may have a different look. The How to Guide should be updated soon.
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?