Thursday, April 3, 2014

Augmented Reality for Book Talks

Hi, friends! I am Catherine Reed and I am a first-year 5th grade teacher/blogger. You can find me at my corner of cyberspace at The Brown Bag Teacher.

Reading is a HUGE part of the culture in my classroom. From book displays to book blurbs to book raffles, I've worked hard to help my 5th grade friends see themselves as readers.

One of the key components in creating a community of readers has been giving students the opportunity to share their favorite books with their friends. 5th graders are SO social and so talkative. Harnessing these 'talents' for reading have been crucial. In the fall, we hosted our first Book Museum using Augmented Reality.
Before creating our own Augmented Reality book talks, we pull dozens of chapter books from the shelves and took turns reading the back of each book. We asked ourselves: Which books would we want to read? Why? What strategies does an author use to 'hook' a reader? What key components do all of these book blurbs have in common?

At this point, I sent my friends off to plan and write. As students finished their initial drafts, got feedback from a friend, and revised their writing, we began video taping. Using the Augmented Reality app (Aurasma), students created a video of their Book Blurb. Then, students used their book cover as a "Trigger Image" and embedded the video in the book cover (this is SO cool!). Voila! After we created a classroom Aurasma channel and created their videos, we were ready to set up our Book Museum.
Walking into our classroom museum during the Fall Open House, our patrons (parents, family members, younger students) were invited to pull out their mobile device or borrow one of our class iPads. By scanning the below QR Code, patrons could connect to our Aurasma channel and have access to our book commercials.
Using plate holders from Hobby Lobby, students displayed their books along the desk perimeter of our room. As each patron perused the books, they hovered their mobile device/iPad over a book's cover and magically a Book Blurb video showcasing one of our 5th graders popped up! (Note - with 8-10 iPads/mobile devices playing at the same time, we ran into the problem of volume. If you try Augment Reality, I would encourage using a microphone to boost student's volume as they record their videos!)
To cover our desks, I rolled out black bulletin board paper and placed metallic markers from School Outfitters (these are THE best permanents makers I've ever used) on the desks. As patrons visited our museum, they could leave feedback and encouraging words for each reader! The next morning, we took the time to read the feedback and celebrate our success.

Once we deconstructed our museum, we placed the books back into our classroom library with a purple arrow in the corner. This symbol tells my friends that another student loved the book enough to create a book talk for the book. Students know they may grab an iPad and check out the commercial....a perfect avenue for peer recommendations!

How do you encourage students to recommend books to one other? Have you ever used Augmented Reality in your classroom? If so, I would LOVE to hear your tips.

Thank you so much for stopping by and thank you All Things Upper Elementary for hosting me. I would love to connect with you using our favorite social media platforms! Happy day, friends.

16 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I don't have ipads in my classroom, but our library has a set of ipods that we could use for this. We use book talks often, which my kids love, so I know they'd go through the roof for this!! Thanks for sharing.
    Janie
    Are We There Yet?

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    1. Hi Janie! Thanks so much for stopping by. :) iPods would totally work to. My only advice would be to set-up your classroom channel before you start with the kids. Also, I might preteach 2-3 strong leaders before/after school, so they can help their friends. I have 30 kids all learning at the same time, and definitely did not have enough hands - ha! :)

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  2. What a fabulous idea! I have done some similar things in my room but never using that app! I also love the idea of the black paper and metallic markers!
    Create-abilities

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    1. Hi Cassie! The kids loved reading the feedback about their creations and the black paper was a great way to hide our gross desks. ;)

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  3. This is a terrific idea!! LOVE IT and saving it for future use :) Thanks for sharing!!
    Kaitlin
    K&C Love Grade 3

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  4. What a wonderful idea! Bookmarking this one for next year. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!!

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  5. This is such an awesome idea!! You are so creative! I love the idea of laying the butcher paper out and having guests write comments!!

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    1. Thanks, Deb! It's a trick I learned from my cooperating teacher last year. Perfect for hiding gross desks and a cool opportunity for students to get feedback from someone other than me! :)

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  6. Outstanding use of AR! I have been dabbling with Aurasma and have been looking for other great ways to use this in the classroom...I will be trying this! Thank you!

    Nikki @ uncommontothecore.blogspot.com

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  7. This is SO fabulous! I plan to do this on Friday!!!

    Kristin @ www.thereadbox.com

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  8. What an amazing idea! I don't know how I missed this on your blog!! Can't wait to try it!

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  9. Somehow I didn't realize that you CREATE AR using Arausma! Definitely going to do this with my students. I'm thinking it would be a great gift for this year's class to leave for next year - books we loved in 5th grade and recommend to you

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  10. This is such a fantastic idea. I have been saving it for the perfect opportunity... And I finally found it! Augmented Reality for poems my Year 7 students recently created as part of a protest theme. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. Oh my goodness! That sounds awesome, Katie. I love the idea of protest-themed poems. SO COOL!

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  11. What all did they talk about in the video? I really want to do this!

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  12. Thank you for your post. It's really a great idea. I've just finished reading an article https://itechcraft.com/augmented-reality-learning/ and found your post. I want to try something like this with my students. Thank you for Inspiration

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