February is about 21st Century Careers, with a focus on STEAM. Gail’s (holmesg) Classroom Challenge this month looks at three simple ways that Augmented Reality can be used to support art and science. Chat with Deb (deb_norton) takes us a little bit deeper into creating augmentations using the Aurasma. Let’s take a look at how we can augment the Common Core Standards!

 

I have used Augmented Reality for a number of projects, mostly involving layering video over triggers, such as video book reviews that play when you scan the book cover, and advertisements for the school musical. Susan Gauthier (susangauthier  ) used Aurasma to layer video over the pages of an ebook with informational texts, bringing them alive, and bringing excitement to an activity that isn’t always a students’ favorite. Books with Augmented Reality are all the rage but can be very expensive and only one student could use the text at a time. An educator could use an ebook to build an aura by making triggers of the pictures in the book on the computer screen. Most nonfiction book publishers allow simultaneous logins so all students could experience  reading and Augmented Reality at the same time within the class. Students will need an iPad or mobile device to access the AR app to scan the triggers. Susan created triggers which were research questions for the students to gather information in the different sections of the ebook. Augmented Reality built within the book was not only engaging but it assisted students with learning note taking skills. Take a look at the video she made showcasing this lesson!

 

Augmenting reality allows us to address Common Core Standards in multiple ways, whether is it using pre-existing auras,or having students create their own. There are a multitude of pre-created Auras available in Aurasma, as well as other apps like Elements 4D, Anatomy 4D, colAR, and SpaceCraft3D, which allow us to deliver content to students. We can also use Aurasma or LayAR to create our own auras to deliver content, and mix up how students interact with material.

 

Having students create their own augmentations is one of the most powerful ways to meet Common Core Standards. They can create video overlays (see January’s post about how video production meets the Common Core Standards), and make decisions about what overlays (web links, video, audio, images) would best augment a particular piece of existing information. These can be things they create, or things that already exist.

 

Let’s look at an example outline of an augmented reality project you might have students do, and the standards it will address.


The Project: Students will utilize Aurasma to create an augmented reality experience about animal habitats that are in danger. Once all auras are created, students will interact with them, and vote on which habitat is the most endangered, and raise money to help save that habitat.

 

Students will identify an animal that lives in an endangered habitat they are interested in studying

Students will conduct research on the animal and habitat they selected

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

Students will conduct research about why the habitat is endangered

    • (same as above)

Students will identify information they will present about their animal habitat

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.Students will select specific augmentations to include
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Students will provide a rationale for each piece they chose to include as an aura

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Students will create a poster with targets (what you scan to get the aura)

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Students will create each aura

    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Students will scan and evaluate each other’s augmentations to determine which habitat is most in danger

 

This project allows students to address Common Core Standards while engaging students with innovative technology, and a real world problem.

 

Click here for a full list of the Common Core State Standards for ELA

 

And here is a really cool App I can’t wait to check out! CARE - Core Augmented Reality Education - They are creating lessons and augmentations specifically designed for the Common Core!


What are some ways you can think of to utilize Augmented Reality in your classroom to address Common Core Standards?

 

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