Last year, I posted a couple of augmented reality holiday cards that you could use as thank you’s, holiday greetings, or rewards in your classroom. I made a few more this year by using a different process. First, I created the cards using Canva, one of my favorite online graphic design tools. Then, I “Dropboxed” (yes, I’m inventing a new verb) them to my iPad. I opened them in ChatterPix Kids (love, love, LOVE this free app that I learned about from 2 Guys and Some iPads!!!!), and recorded the characters saying something. (As a reminder, I don’t like the sound of my own voice, so the voices you hear were made using the Tellagami app.) I exported the videos from ChatterPix back to my computer, uploaded them to Aurasma Studio with the original Canva graphics as trigger images, and, well, you don’t really want to know all of that, do you? You probably just want to know what you need to do to make them work! All you need is the pictures and a device that has the Aurasma app.
Here are the steps for using these creations:
2.) Download the free Aurasma app to your Android device, iTouch, iPhone, or iPad.
3.) Within the Aurasma app, you will need to tap on the icon that looks like a fat “A” at the bottom of the screen.
4.) Click on the magnifying glass icon to “Search”. In the search window, type “Hidden Forest”. (At some point, you will be asked to register. Go ahead and register; it’s free.) Subscribe to the channel for “Hidden Forest Elementary”, and then tap “Done”.
5.) Now, tap on the icon that looks like photo corners. You should have your camera on. Hold your device over one of the pictures (make sure the volume is turned up), and position it slowly until you see the “Loading” signal that looks like a purple swirl. Then hold your device still so you can see the video. (Be sure your sound is turned up!)
6.) Enjoy the short video!
The gingerbread man will give the student an opportunity to borrow a game from the classroom. Santa allows the student to sit at the teacher’s desk. The snowman permits the student to borrow a book from the classroom.