Using augmented reality in the classroom
As ICT Integrator for SCEA, Pam Tyrrell is available to assist with any technological tools to enhance learning in the classroom. Her role is to aid staff to transform their lessons through the use of technology, whether this is by changing the pace of the lesson or by enhancing it in some way.
One of the tools she has been introducing staff to is Aurasma. Aurasma is one of the most popular and cutting-edge technologies used in schools around the world today. It incorporates the concept of augmented reality, where an image in the real world is supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. Augmented reality is one of the big trends in education as it turns learning into an experience and could be a valuable key to engaging students whose learning preference is not through reading or listening.
Enabling teachers to connect digital content such as video to images in books and classroom walls, Aurasma offers a uniquely inventive, fun, and holistic way of engaging students of all ages. The web based tool uses advanced image and pattern recognition to blend the real-world with rich interactive content such as videos and animations called 'Auras'.
The practical application possibilities in the classroom are endless. The Kindy class at Beechboro used Aurasma as one of the tools to research different animals with the learning outcome that the children are effective communicators and can use information and communication technologies to access information and investigate ideas.
In actual fact, augmented reality is used all around us. Just a few applications include: in operating rooms to monitor patients, on oil rigs to help service the rigs and the military uses augmented goggles to receive important information in the field. The use of augmented reality in classrooms therefore helps to prepare our children for their future today.
Pam is a unique resource and is available to assist in all SCEA schools. Any teachers interested in looking at the possibilities of this tool - or any other technology - for their class, can email: PamT@scea.wa.edu.au