Augmented Reality Christmas Cards

After using Aurasma to great effect this year, I decided to get the WOW factor into our christmas cards!

Aurasma is an App and website that allows you to create videos and attach them to any trigger image. There are some great guides to using Augmented reality in education in the iBook store:

Augmented Reality in PE – Mathew Pullen (@mat6453)

Augmented Reality in Education – Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist)

Augmented Reality In Education – Paul Hamilton (@Paulhamilton8)

I also read a few posts by iPadWells around the subject!

The children started off by creating a christmas card design, as in years gone by. We then used YakItKids App (iPhone App, so change your setting when searching!) to create a short video, animating the christmas card design by adding eyes, mouths and the children’s voices. These videos were then exported to Photos for the next step.

The next part of the process involved using Aurasma, we created a new account and channel before hand and allowed the children in the class to follow the process. This involves adding a video (YakItKids video) to a trigger image (our christmas card. then saving it in a public channel so that parents could access the videos on their iOS or Android device. A video explaining the process can be found below:

I placed a small flyer explaining, simply, how to access the videos on the rear of the card, we also told the children to get their parents to access Aurasma and find the channel. With a little practice this is a fun way of making things a little more exciting. Have a go, don’t be scared!

The children loved this process and we all hope that the parents get to see their videos. Happy Christmas!

Here are some images of the card and the video playing when triggered in Aurasma.

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Christmas Santa AR scene!

As its the final week of term and christmas is fast approaching, we are always looking for exciting new ideas for classroom activities.

Last night I had seen a post from @ICT_MrP, about using some Santa based Augmented Reality (AR). My class are ‘hooked’ with the use of AR, having used Aurasma for a variety of activities, including our class Christmas Cards (post coming!).

Second Sight, an app and website based on AR, have created an animated Santa and have asked classes to produce a winter scene and add the AR Santa to this.

I decided to go ahead today and make a winter scene, in the time before the final Christmas performance, the children produced trees, snowmen, penguins, houses and all things Christmasy! I then downloaded the activity sheet, here, printed it and added the codes to our scene. Now, Santa magically joins our scene, dances, jumps and says ‘Happy Christmas’, when scanned using the iPad app.

The children loved it (the adults in school too!), a great Christmas activity for Primary and SEN children alike!

Here’s some images of the scene, with and without Santa!

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The ‘magic’ had some of the children attempting to grab Santa!

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Apple Education iBooks Lesson Plans

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iBooks is a great resource to find books on most topics. It can be especially useful to find resources and well authored work. Recently Apple Education have released a series of iBooks with Lesson Plans for a variety of Apps, some real favourites inside our classrooms! The link to the Apple Education iBooks is here.

These lessons will need adapting for the SEN classroom and some you will be able take ideas from, still some great FREE content!

Also, download the iBooks app, if you haven’t already and have a look at the feature rich texts that are available!