Innovation: Education

Meet Aurasma: an augmented reality app for the classroom


Augmented reality apps allow users to experience a layer of additional information — usually visual or auditory — meshed with everyday objects and surroundings. Here’s a look at one of our favorites.

Aurasma is a free, powerful augmented reality app for iOS and Android devices. It allows you to embed media items — videos, links, animation, other images — in static images.

(Remember that bit in Harry Potter when they’re walking through the gallery hallway at Hogwarts, and the paintings come alive? It’s a lot like that. 🙂

There are two parts to Aurasma: viewing the augmented reality content, called “auras”, and creating auras on your own. Additionally, we’ll look at how Aurasma is currently being used in schools, including one of our partner middle schools, here in Vermont.

Here’s how to view auras:

1. Download Aurasma onto your mobile device, either through the app store (iOS) or through Google play.

2. Open up the app and create an account.

3. Auras are arranged into channels, and you have to subscribe to a channel in order to view them. So for instance, to get to the Tarrant Institute channel, tap the gray “A” symbol at the bottom of your screen, then the magnifying glass, and search on “Tarrant”.

Meet Aurasma: an augmented reality app for the classroom
Tap the gray A…
Meet Aurasma: an augmented reality app for the classroom
Then the magnifying glass. Search for “tarrant”.

Tap “Follow” to follow our channel and access our Aurasma content. Channels can be public or private, and are useful for grouping content by organization — like a class or school.

Meet Aurasma: an augmented reality app for the classroom

4. Check out some of our auras, like this one, an image of the front cover of Kenneth Oppel’s YA Frankenstein prequel, This Dark Endeavor. Point your iOS or Android device at the image below:

Meet Aurasma: an augmented reality app for the classroom

Next, we’ll show you how to create your own auras in Aurasma, and talk about how Aurasma’s being used by a science teacher at Harwood Union Middle School, one of our partner schools.


Audrey Homan

Audrey Homan is a Vermont-based digital media producer, and producer of The 21st Century Classroom podcast. She's worked in non-profit communications for more than a decade, and in her spare time writes tiny video games and mucks about with augmented reality and arduinos, ably assisted by five dogs.

Interviewing students and yelling in PHP are the best parts of her job.


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