Making it Legit.: Aurasma


These are our multiple examples built around Bloom’s Taxonomy meant as a jumping off point for our imaginative and brilliant staff to use.

***Please Visit Our Other Aurasma Resources By Clicking Here***

The scene: N.H.S. Library about seven days ago.

The Players: Cara, Jill, and Charles

Enter Cara

Cara: Hey Charles, check out this new app. It’s called Aurasma.

Cara places her iPhone over an image and a video immediately pops up.

Charles: ——-> (Not talking because his mind has melted as he thought about the billions of possibilities)

Later that day…

Charles: Hey Jill, look at what Cara just showed me.

Jill: —- (Mind proceeding to melting)


What is Aurasma? It’s not a QR code. It’s a QR code on steroids! Take a picture of any image and layer another image or video on top. Further, if you get an Aurasma Studio account, you can stack a website on top of the video or image you’ve attached to the original picture. Aurasma turns any recognizable image into an engaging virtual reality tool for the classroom!!!arasma-purple

The Standard Based Bulletin Board you saw at the top was put together by @Thrasymachus, @JillCompher, and @CaraCarter. Bloom’s Taxonomy was used as the frame for the project so we could appeal to instructors on what ever level they wanted to begin using this wonderful new App. The right side of the bulletin board was dedicated to increasing school spirit. Follow us on Twitter for suggestions, tips, etc.


1) Download Aurasma.

2) Scroll through the “How to view” introduction

3) Tap the “A”-like icon at the bottom center of your screen.

4) Then touch the magnifying glass icon.

5a) In the search field, type in and search for Northwest High School’s Channel and follow.

5b) Type in and search for “Thrasymachus” channel and follow

5c) Type in and search for “Compher Social Sciences channel” and follow

Good, now you can see our “Auras” below. The following examples are on our Bloom’s Taxonomy Bulletin Board. Go ahead and follow and like our channels, while you’re at it :)!


Open Aurasma and point your device at the following images. Keep in mind additional actions can be taken by either single or double tapping the videos or images once they’ve been triggered.

1) Uses in Math – Double tap the image to bring the video to the forefront. Single tap the video to access a practice problem the kids can work on after they’ve checked their answer with the teacher’s example.


2) Gerrymandering/redistricting – Double tap the video to bring it to the fore. Single tap the video to access the online redistricting game that students will be assigned after the video.


3) Dachshund Narcolepsy – Double tap the poor little puppy that can’t stay awake. Single tap the now enlarged video to access the assignment.


4) Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy – Double tap the video to enlarge it. Single tap the video to engage the student in an assignment.


Has your mind melted, yet?

a-mind-meltNO! Not mind-meld…mind melted!!!

The last example is used in a different, but none-the-less important fashion: students performing a self evaluation.

Double tap the video to bring it to full size and single tap to access the poll. The Google Docs poll engages viewers of the bulletin board by having them become participants in an otherwise passive tool.

I’ve used a larger image of this picture because of its, sometimes, erratic nature. Your “trigger image” must have enough unique features for Aurasma to recognize the image as unique. This one, because of the small text, is a toughie to recognize…but usually works.


About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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1 Response to Making it Legit.: Aurasma

  1. Pingback: Augmented Reality with Aurasma | Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian and His Gal | School Library Journal

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