Aurasma, available on a variety of mobile devices, is a free web-based app that is used to create augmented reality (AR) experiences on a computer as well as a mobile device. Augmented reality differs from virtual reality in that it does not seek to simulate reality. Instead, the goal of augmented reality is to add contextual data and layers to deepen a person’s understanding of a real object or location. As wireless computing devices become more accessible, it is projected that the use of augmented reality technology will also rise. Benefits to students include: creating richer learning environments, connecting formal and informal learning, combining technologies with objects/ locations that are familiar to students (EDUCAUSE, 2005). The Aurasma tool can be easily integrated into any EARTH lesson to further prepare students for 21st learning. Aurasma is a great tool for both teachers and students to create their own content and communicate information.
Author: Alia Thompson; EARTH 2015