Creating Augmented Reality Learning Experiences
During my professional development workshops, I am always incorporating new technologies to demonstrate how they could be used to facilitate meaningful learning. One particular technology that I like showing in my workshops is Augmented Reality. I have been using AR as part of my educational solutions for the last six years, but in recent years we have seen an increase in apps and devices offering augmented reality and even virtual reality capabilities. On a previous post, I listed some of the AR and VR apps I have shown in my presentations. I this post I want to tell you more about one of them: HP Reveal (formerly know as Aurasma)
HP Reveal is a free app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play onto iPhones and iPads, and Android phones and tablets. This app enables teachers to connect digital content such as videos to images in books and classroom walls. What I like about this app is that it is free and allows you or your students create unique augmented reality experiences or “Auras” as they are called in the app.
This app offers an innovative, fun, and engaging way to introduce now thematic content and new vocabulary while developing visual literacy in students of all ages. This app ties perfectly with the ExCEL method (a variation of the 5E model) which I used when I was teaching in the classroom. As teachers, we can Explain new ideas and concepts by creating Auras that will be triggered by images on physical elements (books, study guides, interactive notebooks, anchor charts, etc.). After that, as part of the Create phase, we can invite the students to design their Auras as a demonstration of learning and finally Elaborate on more complex products that could involve those Auras as part of an educational game, a foldable, or a 3D graphic organizer.
How to create Auras for the HP Reveal app?
There are two ways to create Auras:
– In-app on your device
– Online, using HP Reveal Studio to which you can sign up for free
Based on my experience, I recommend creating content using the HP Reveal Studio, which allows for more accessible content creation and sharing. I would suggest you first to create your free account in the studio and not in the app. Studio and app accounts are not entirely linked together. Auras created in-app will not appear in Studio, and they cannot be moved into the Studio.
After you have created your account, you can start designing your first Aura by following the directions available on this downloadable PDF.
If you would like to try how the HP reveal works, you can download a coloring page that I created as part of the printable resources for my book on Leonardo da Vinci. The idea of this coloring page is to learn about Leonardo’s childhood and how his curiosity and desire for exploration helped develop his artistic and scientific genius. In that same document, you will find instructions on how to use that coloring page with HP Reveal. Enjoy!
One more thing, if you live in Texas and would like to learn how to use Augmented Reality to encourage students’ use of academic vocabulary, you might be interested in one of two workshops I will be co-facilitating. For more information, go the page of our workshop Three Steps to Review and Master Academic Vocabulary with ELLs. Thank you!