Over the last seven weeks I have been on maternity leave. This time has offered me the opportunity to get to know my new little one, but also given me the opportunity to go a little stir crazy. My husband was very excited to see me return to work, as my time spent on Pinterest caused him great grief. While making our own soap and mason jar travel mugs, sounded like a wonderful idea to me, he saw this as added work and frankly an allergic reaction waiting to happen.
Along with my diy project plans, I also had time to play around with a tool called Aurasma. Now Aurasma has been out for awhile, but I was trying to find a way to tie together technology and a birth announcement. Since the birth of our first child, lots of new tools have provided opportunities to share life’s moments in new and exciting ways. While pictures are great, I really wanted to convey some emotion about this joyous occasion. I also wanted family and friends to be able to share their thoughts and words with Charley through video. This was a tall order, but with a little playing, and with what my friend Brad (@dreambition) likes to call an app mash-up, I think I achieved my goal.
Using the site called Snapfish I ordered birth announcements, with directions for viewing a video of Charley on the back of the card. Snapfish is a great site , you can save pictures in albums and share those albums with others, order printed pictures, cards and much more for a reasonable price.
I wanted to create a video of Charley easily without a lot of work, remember I had to make all that soap! I decided to use an app called Videolicious. This app is free and the best part, lets you create amazing little 60 second videos that you can save to your camera roll. They do have a paid option if you want to create longer videos. I choose a few pictures from my iPad, recorded my voice over the pictures and added music in less than ten minutes. Videolicous would be a handy tool for creating book trailers in the classroom or having students create videos showcasing understanding, lots of uses with this one.
Using Aurasma I used Charley’s announcement as a trigger image. Aurasma allows you to scan an image and a video pops up, now when someone scanned the announcement they could see a short video of our new little lady. I was thinking this would be a great tool to use with students. You could share reflections of work with parents and much more. Check out this site from Two Guys and Some iPads to learn more about how to use Aurasma and augmented reality in the classroom.
Finally, in Aurasma I added an option to tap on the video to add a video message using Flipgrid. Flipgrid is a paid tool, but they do have a free 21 day trial to test out their product. Flipgrid allows you to put up a question and collect video responses, it is designed by teachers and has a lot of potential for having students share their ideas and understanding. It also has management options to view videos before they are posted and password protected video pages.
While this project took a bit of time and manipulation, I wanted to share my experience with all of you. Each of the tools listed here have classroom applications, but that you can blend different tools to create what you want is something I enjoy exploring. If you have an idea for using any of these tools let me know, I love to hear from readers and share ideas.
Below is the final project with instructions on how to view.
Steps to view Aurasma:
Download Aurasma on your device
Click on ‘A’ at the bottom of screen
Click on magnifying glass (search)
Search for (type in): schuh or schuh’s channel
Click on brackets at bottom of screen until camera shows up
Scan picture to view video