Aurasma is a super exciting augmented reality app which can be used in a variety of elementary school projects. Aurasma combines the real-world with the digital world. You can create auras by tagging a paper image with a digital image, video or animation. The digital image can only be seen on the camera within the Aurasma app.
Click here to watch a video of Aurasma in action and also to get some great ideas for ways to use Aurasma in the classroom which are sure to delight students and parents!
Directions For Using Aurasma:
- Download the free Aurasma app and create your own account.
- To create an aura click on the plus sign in the top right hand corner of the screen.
- A camera box will appear. Hover the camera over the paper image.
- When the white ball is in the green bar, click the circle at the bottom of the screen.
- Choose an overlay from the library on the app or from your device. If you want to use an image from your device, you will need to upload one from your camera or photo library. Tap on the video, animation or image you want for your overlay. Then click on the select button.
- Your image will show on the screen as an overlay on top of the paper image. You can move and size by pinching and moving it with your fingers. When you have the overlay where you want it, tap on “next” in the top right hand corner of the screen.
- Name your aura and make it private or public. Private auras will only show on your device. Public auras can be seen by anyone who follows your page, but only if they have the paper image that is tagged with the aura.
- View an aura by clicking on the purple box at the bottom of the Aurasma home page and then hovering the camera over the paper image. The digital image will magically appear!
- To follow a channel, type in the channel name in the search box at the top of home screen. Tap on the channel, then tap on follow. Now you can see all the auras on that channel, if you have the paper image.