Nosing around Google+ Communities and Twitter, I had the great fortune discovering and following CEET-BC. A community of expertise in the use of education technology, their discussions about screencasts and the use of augmented reality are highly intriguing. Sometimes it's hard not to be an explorer. This is one of those times.
After viewing a few links, I happened on a great video on YouTube and immediately saw the possibilities in action. Using augmented reality with Aurasma, students can create interactive posters with links to video presentations, and web content providing great connectivity for project and inquiry based learning activities. If you haven't tried Aurasma, it's a bit like using QR Codes (bar codes) to link to online content. In the case of Aurasma, you upload a trigger image which upon scanning links to online content. The possibilities for use are astounding. As I write this, I'm already working a scavenger hunt with Aurasma into one of my Biology units. Fun.
So, what do students & educators have to do to take Aurasma for a spin? First, download the app. Second, watch a few how-to's. I liked this one to begin with, showing how to use Aurasma on an iPad. Finally, be sure to follow the publishing instructions, particularly the part about following the person whose Auras you wish to see. Then and only then will you have access to their online content.
Why augmented reality? In an era of digital everything, it's nice to afford a blended approach where tangible meets the intangible in exchanging ideas and communication. I know I'm looking forward to that first interactive anatomy poster presentation next year in eCampusLive Biology 12. This is definitely the start of something good.
Welcome to the eCampusLive blog. I'm Jerry Bleecker. I teach Biology, Science, Information Technology, Computer Arts, and more. It's an exciting year to share our experiences with our flipped classroom endeavour.