I confess that this is nothing new. I offered these augmented reality reward coupons last year, and have been meaning to make some more. However, that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe a few enterprising students can make some for me!
My students absolutely loved these last year. In my classroom Reward Coupons are kind of a seasonal thing, which makes them extra special when I start giving them out.
These coupons, when scanned with the special Aurasma app, will “speak” the reward. (You need to be following Hidden Forest Elementary in the app.)
If you like these, you might also want to try out the AR holiday cards that I posted last December.
New to augmented reality? I have an Augmented Reality Page devoted to tutorials, lessons, and apps. Also, be sure to check out Elements 4D for a great educational way to use augmented reality for teaching Chemistry!
About a week and a half ago, I mentioned that I was going to post some holiday activities that could be used with the Aurasma app. I encountered a couple of technical difficulties – not with the app, just with my desire to make a video without actually using my own voice. I solved the problem by bringing two more apps on board – Talking Santa for iPad and Talking Penguin 3D (both free).
Here are the steps for using these creations:
1.) Download this free PDF, and print it out in color – Holiday Cards
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!
Each picture has a different video attached to it. The penguin is a “Happy Holidays” video with a pass for lunch with the teacher, and the Santa one says, “Merry Christmas”, and offers a homework pass.
You could print these out, and make holiday cards out of these for your students. Then, you could either allow them to view them in the classroom with a device, or send them home with the above instructions – depending on how many of them have access to iDevices. Or, you can use them as class rewards.
In December, I posted some QR codes that could be used as reward coupons in the classroom. I suggested cutting them out and putting them in your class treasure box so your students could be surprised. My students loved them – until the website I had used to store the documents expired. (Tagmydoc.com allows you to create QR codes for documents that you have uploaded for free, but, unbeknownst to me, they are only stored for 14 days.)
I have posted new coupons under my Weebly account, so these QR codes will not expire unless Weebly goes out of business or I remove the site. These coupons were created with the iPad TypeDrawing app, which I highly recommend.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might want to put a QR code in each of your student’s Valentines. They will enjoy scanning them to discover the reward you have given them. Or, maybe get an old chocolate box, and let the students choose a “chocolate.”