(NOTE: TourWrist is now know as Sphere)
The gang of, as of yet, unprosecuted hoodlums I hang out with and I are always on the lookout for innovative apps even if they aren’t intentionally or primarily education related. Aurasma was one of those. That app really changed the way we saw student engagement.
Well, here’s another one: Tourwrist. This app is unique in that the older the kids are the more potentially complex its use could become. I could even see my college students using it!
It seems, at first, to be a fancy way to show off your vacations. You take 360 degree panoramic shots (they’ve dubbed them “panos”), align the images within the app, and publish them to your own Tourwrist social network-like account. (As an aside, when my wife and I were selling our house last year we used it to give potential buyers a unique & enticing view of our abode.)
After we sold the house I kept the app, but never used it because I pigeon-holed it as a realestate app.
A few weeks ago my 8 yr old son was goofing around with it and came across the Eiffel Tower. He was blow away. He asked question after question about “that big thing” in the background. Then, in my melon, a flash of light went off…you know, those old smokey, black powder, 1912 ones that kinda blind you for a second?
Using Aurasma, I layered that Eiffel Tower “pano” onto this image and, so to speak, voila! (follow my Thrasymachus channel on Aurasma in order to see the attached Aura below). To combine these two wonderful apps, you’ll simply copy the URL of the ” pano” you want to embed into the URL section of the Aura creation part of Aurasma Studio.
Then I saw this milkyway “pano” on Tourwrist and, again, BAM! (Check out Steve Perry’s work on Tourwrist.com He’s awesome!)
The next “baby step” is to produce my own “pano” of a teacher’s room and attach links in Tourwrist to that teacher’s bio, Twitter page, room POI’s, media, and links to the outside hallway or to the school website. I though this might be a nice way to introduce yourself and your expectations to students before they’ve entered your room (especially the younger grades).
It’s still a work in progress, but here is what I have at this point.
A much bigger project would be to “pano” the entire school and link each pano to each other so parents could take a virtual tour of your school at 2 a.m., let’s say, if they want.
If you’ve used this app in other ways, let me know. Let’s share! Lots of potential here for educators.