Greetings! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Those of you who are just coming back to the challenge may notice that we continued the challenge during the snow days. We figured that one of the great things about digital learning is that it can be done anywhere at any time. If you haven’t yet posted to Days 3-5, feel free to catch yourselves up. The important thing is that everyone have all of their posts done by the end of the challenge THIS FRIDAY (3/13).

Today’s Challenge

Our Day 6 Challenge comes to us from the Cedar Hall eLeaders:

We want to tell you about Augmented Reality.  Have you tried it?  If you haven’t, we think you should!  The possibilities are endless!  It’s almost like something comes to life! It’s so much fun!

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality is where the real world and the virtual world collide!  Elements in the real world are augmented, with the help of technology!  It’s so cool!  Augmented reality allows you to add another layer to an existing image.

How does it work?

If you know how QR Codes work, then you already have a good idea about how AR works.  We don’t use QR Codes, but we use trigger images, and add them to printed images, like posters.  Once you hold your smart phone or tablet over the trigger image, the image comes to life!

There are lots of great apps for experiencing Augmented Reality including Word Lens, ColAR, and Elements 4D. There are also apps and web tools that let you make your own augmented reality! We recommend Aurasma.  It is available for both Apple and Android products.

About Aurasma

This is a demo of what Aurasma looks like in action!

You can learn more about using Aurasma at this link.

How do you create an Aura?

This takes some learning, so if you really want to learn the how-to, a great place to start is this document. You can also find all kinds of tutorials on YouTube.

The basics are that you:

  1. Create or capture a clear trigger image and upload it to Aurasma Studio.
  2. Create an overlay (the magic part) and upload it to Aurasma Studio.
  3. Connect the overlay to the trigger and arrange it where you want it.

You can add auras to signs, papers, walls, t-shirts, and more!

Want to learn more and see this in action?

We hope you will attend the PEF Tech and Innovation Showcase, on March 12 from 4:30 to 7:00 at Ivy Tech, so we can show you Augmented Reality live and in person!

Today’s Challenge

Have you ever used Augmented Reality? Tell us what AR apps you like the best! Or tell us what you think of it! Also, how could Augmented reality be good for learning? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Comment

At the bottom of each day’s post, you will find a dialog box for leaving a comment. When you click in the comment box, you will be asked to supply a name and email address. Use your first name and your EVSC gmail address ([email protected]).

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Only students who provide their name and EVSC email will have their comments posted. Comments will be screened before going live on the blog – this might take a little time, be patient, they will appear.

We are looking for comments that add to the conversation and make us think. Feel free to ask the author of the post questions, add your own ideas and resources, and share your experiences related to the topic.

Challenge extended. We can’t wait to learn with you all!