aurasmaAurasma is a fun little app that I learned about in November 2013 at a FLIPPED workshop.

According to its Wikipedia entry, “Aurasma is HP Autonomy’s augmented reality platform. It is available as an SDK or as 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 rich media on top of them in the form of animations, videos, 3D models and web pages. Both businesses and individuals use Aurasma to create and share their own augmented reality experiences as well as to discover hidden digital content around them. Teachers are among the most active group using the platform.”

I describe Aurasma as a cross between a bar code scanner and YouTube.  In my classroom, we use Aurasma to create short videos and then connect those videos to visual triggers.  When the triggers are activated by a mobile device, voila, the videos magically come to life.

If you’d like to check out our vocabulary videos, you’ll need to download the free Aurasma app and open an account.  Next:

1. Click on the link to our vocabulary triggers from the dropdown above.

2. Select a vocabulary card and enlarge it.

3. Find and follow the channel name associated with that card.

4. Use your mobile device to activate the trigger.  (Slowly wave your device over the enlarged picture when the Aurasma app is open.)