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Augmented Reality

Throughout the last few weeks I had the opportunity to research augmented reality.  This rapidly growing industry is putting its fingerprint on every aspect of our lives.  Take a look at my 10 minute sneak peek video here.

You can take a look at some of my research here via my Pinterest board that I created for augmented reality.


During my research I had the opportunity to interview Jen Kimbrell from her blog Tech With Jen.  
Jen is an educator who focuses on technology integration and hosts her blog to provide professional development and resources for educators.  If you are looking to integrate augmented reality into your classroom, Jen's blog is a great starting point as she has several products for teachers to use in their classrooms.  

You can see our complete interview here.

I also had the opportunity to interview Amanda Dewall who is a technology integration specialist and media specialist for her district.  Take a look at her responses below.

What is your current teaching role? My role is technology integrationist and media specialist. In our district, each building has a teacher assigned to teach library classes as well as technology. It's a fairly new role for our district and new for me. I am used to being the technology coordinator, as this was my role at previous schools. I have lots of experience trouble shooting technology as the IT person, but thankfully I do not have to do this in my current role. I hope to some day pull away from the library and just be a technology integrationist either for the district or just my building.

How have you implemented A.R. into your classroom? I used AR 2 years ago at the high school level when I was a technology coordinator at a 9-12 building. I showed my students how to use AR and they created their own projects in my small, technology class. One student created a building that you could "go" inside of to view the inside. They created the house in Aurasma and exported it using Blender. At this building, I hosted a Tech Tuesday meeting for teachers which I had my technology students present AR to other teachers in the building. I had my students create examples of how AR could be used in classrooms. For example, they made a "meet the teacher" display where pictures came alive with a video recording of someone talking about themselves. I also had them show teachers how they could use worksheets to provide students with directions using a video overlay. Another example they created was a Spanish note card. Here, the English word was on the note card, but when you scanned the note card with the app, it revealed the Spanish translation in words as well as a voice saying the word. You can see these examples on my website.

What are some of your favorite resources to learn new ideas about using A.R. in the classroom? Since I haven't been able to use AR in a while, I haven't kept up with the resources. However, I do follow @allaugmented and @aurasma on Twitter for ideas.

What is one project with A.R. that you have heard about, but not tackled yet?  I would love to find the time to implement AR in the bulletin board example that I have on my website. I have also been toying with the idea of using AR in the library. I have been thinking about putting something up in the library that gives directions on how to find books in our online catalog. I have also been thinking about using AR for book reviews. There is also a library scavenger hunt that I found on TpT that I have thinking about doing. The biggest struggle I have with using the AR is the amount of set up in the beginning. If I use Aurasma, I have to make student accounts and they must be following my Aurasma channel or it will not work.

What app(s) do you use for A.R.? Aurasma. Others have used Layar

What else should teachers know about A.R.? When I used it 2 years ago, the process was not very user friendly. To get an aura to work, you must follow that person's channel.  This has deterred me from using it again with younger students. I need to look into the process on more time to see if they have changed the way it's set up. The app had lots of glitches so we were confined to using the website instead. I hope someone comes out (or has already come out with) an app that is geared towards younger students. From what I can tell, the Pokeman Go game is augmented reality at it's best. I guess this would be a great "in" for using AR in the classroom.



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