Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data (Mashable.com). The augmented content is viewed through a digital device that supplies information simultaneously as the device looks on to the real object. Google has already released its Google Glasses, eyeglasses that provide augmented content to anything it can see. For example, one can see a recorded video invite of a popular rock band when the eyeglasses view a concert poster. It’s almost ready information, anytime, anywhere.
So how does it apply in the classroom?
For their 1st Semester’s final alternative assessment project for Social Studies and Technology, 8th graders put up an exhibit of the Renaissance period. The class was divided into several groups to talk about art, music, and politics. The printed art works, portraits of popular figures and images of historical places, however, were put up on exhibit without any accompanying captions or labels. To understand what the exhibit was all about, viewers would have to use an iPad with the Aurasma Lite app installed.
The task entailed students to search and gather relevant images and information about their assigned topics. The groups needed to fill out this worksheet. Groups were asked to submit all content to me so I can upload them to the school’s Aurasma channel. After uploading and matching all trigger images and overlays, “auras” were created to finalize the process.
It took some time for students to understand the purpose of what they were doing because they did not really see the output right away. However, when the physical exhibit was set up and they were given the iPads to view what’s behind a portrait of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (for example), the oohs and aahs were audible across the 3rd floor.
This Rubric was used to assess the project.
I have posted the students’ works here so others would be able to experience augmented reality. Here are the instructions to make sure you are able to view “more”:
- On an iPhone or iPad, search and download Aurasma Lite from the App store.
- Tap the i button, then go to Search. Type cismanila then search.
- If you do not have an existing Aurasma account, you need to register.
- Create an account with username and password. Email address is optional. Then click Create Account.
- Then click the Subscribe button. Then click Done.
- You may now use your iPad’s camera to view the exhibit.
Here are the links to the Gr. 8′s Renaissance AR Exhibit:
This week in Middle School, ICT classes will be spent creating their final learning output for the 2nd Quarter. These students are expected to create something new for their Social Studies alternative assessment output. I have planned and collaborated with Dr. Fernandez, Social Studies Teacher, to make sure that the students are given the right instructional support both for content and technical skill so they are able to come up with exemplar works.
8th Grade will explore the technology of augmented reality and come up with an exhibit about the Renaissance Period.
It is going to be an exciting and challenging week for everyone. Then again, no one said it was going to be easy, but it will be worth it in the end!