DEN Team superstar Steve Dembo is bringing us entry #6 for DEN March Madness, Aurasma. Steve thinks Aurasma has a lot of potential in the classroom and besides, that, it’s cool. Using Aurasma, teachers can add digital layers to any physical object, whether that be a poster, a textbook, or even a student’s locker! Users take a photo of something which then serves essentailly as a QR code, known as an Aura. They link that Aura to some form of online content, such as an image, a video or a web site. When someone scans over that same area with the Aurasma app, the content will be displayed as a dynamic, floating window.
It’s far simpler than most people would expect, and incredibly powerful to use with students. It allows them to take their traditional textbooks and turn them into Techbooks by embedding Discovery Education media throughout. While the teacher could do this ahead of time, let the students ownership of it and see what they come up with.
Below is a video of Aurasma in action.
We would love you, a valuable member of the DEN Community, to help us create the brackets for this year’s challenge. We’ve now shared 6 of the 16 tools included in this year’s March Madness bracket. Help us with the other 10. What are some of the tools you use with Discovery Education content? What do you use to create, share, teach, curate, mashup, and learn with?