Augmented What?

Our Grade 2 classroom has recently taken the plunge into a new world. The world of augmented reality. I was recently at @edcampswo where @colinjpattison shared his experiences with this technology, and provided a quick walk through of the apps @aurasma and @Layar.

To say I was mind blown is an understatement. To be able to create a virtual layer in our classroom, to display content that would otherwise create clutter (and violate the ever present fire code) was a definite feature for me. What was even more surprising was how easy it is to create this content. We had the opportunity to experiment with both iPad apps and created layers within minutes. I was hooked.

So, what does this look like in a primary classroom? I first introduced it to the class by adding a virtual layer to our read aloud’ “Four Feet, Two Sandals”. When scanned with our class iPad the book cover displays a picture that I imported of a refugee camp. The students loved having a real world connection to our class read aloud!

I was interested in using this technology as a way to present student work and deepen their understanding. To me, incorporating this into our World map seemed like a natural fit. Students have been working to research and create presentations about a specific community around the world. As they have been completing their presentations we have been linking them to our map. Now, a student that views that map with the iPad has the opportunity to see their peers work (tellagami videos, screen shots etc) and connect what they are seeing with the location on the map. And the bonus; less paper on the wall!

We have only just begun to use Augmented Reality and already my 7 and 8 year olds are learning to create layers independently. They are thrilled to show anyone that visits our room their work and have begun to approach me with new ways we can incorporate it into our room. I am looking forward to seeing how it evolves in Room 7.

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