Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group Newsletter no. 5 - July 2015 - Page 62

Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2015 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------feel alive, it makes content interactive and learning a lot more fun and easy. There are many brilliant ways of using AR in projects and in class, regardless of the topic or subject you teach. Delving into all of them is not the purpose of this article, however. My intention is to showcase one such app in particular, one my students and I have first become acquainted with through a Learning Event on eTwinning, led by a fabulously talented team of experts, Arjana Blazic and Bart Verswijvel. What integrating Aurasma into this project did was give it a new life, a new voice, so many voices in fact. The students were so proud and it motivated them to invest more in future projects. Now, what would an app review be like without a few samples? So, take your phones or tablets out (some brands may not be compatible, it happens to many other apps unfortunately, but don’t let that stop you) and scan the image below and you’ll see what we see every time we scan the exhibition. The trigger image is of the interactive Zeemap we created as one of the final products of the project Let’s celebrate EDL together. But let’s start from the beginning before you lose your patience and stop reading this article. Just what is Aurasma? It is a free app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Aurasma's image recognition technology uses a smartphone's or tablet's camera to recognize real world images and then overlay media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. The image you use is called a trigger image and when scanned with the app it will trigger whatever the author used as an overlay, be it a video, an animation or a link. There are certain things you should know before you start scanning for Auras. You can create them online (, on your phone, iPhone or tablet, you can make them public or private and you can basically display the trigger images anywhere you need to. Let me give you a few examples of how we have used Aurasma so far. In September 2014 we joined a project dedicated to the celebration of EDL (European Day of Languages). It was your basic EDL project, sending cards, speaking in other European languages and singing in a few of them as well. But then the Learning Event came along and I figured AR would be great for our project. I mean, we all create lovely exhibitions with the cards but it’s just that, an exhibition –cards hanging on the walls, you read them and move on and that’s that. For this project, my 3rd grade students had created videos of themselves saying 1-2 sentences in every partner’s language, about 13 languages give or take. We figured we could create Auras for the cards we had received from the partner schools so when anyone (mostly parents, visitors, other students) scanned say the card from Poland, a video would start playing, a video in which one of our students was speaking in Polish. We did this for some of the cards, but kept the Auras private, for safety reason. In the months to come we played with Aurasma some more. For another project called Young Europeans Speak 3.0 (or YES 3.0 for short), students had to create video or audio materials about any topic they wanted to share with their European peers, in one of the major European languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish or German). Those materials would be used as authentic listening comprehension materials in class. But since we wanted more people to be able to access them we included the videos in ebooks and the cover was enhanced using Aurasma. Now, YES 3.0 came after YES and YES 2.0, so one of the students from my school was the highlight of the first cover. She had represented both previous versions of YES at the national competition Made for Europe (where she managed to get into 2nd place both in 2013 and 2014), so we thought we could celebrate 10 years of eTwinning by recording a video message about the history of YES for all the new partners (which meant most of them). And just like