Aurasma 2 Ways: Region XI Short Presentation

Aurasma 2-ways (or 3!)

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When a chef says, “shrimp 2-ways,” my heart goes pitter patter.  Having options is always awesome!  Quite simply, when we invest choice in nearly anything, it makes that thing better.  Think about it: Neapolitan ice cream, Chinese buffets, betting on red or black, Republicans or Democrats (just kidding), or, more recently, iPhone 5c/5s.

You get the idea! Life is better with choice.  Aurasma is a wonderful app that stands on its own (pitter), but it’s so versatile that you can add choice to it to make it even better (patter)!   We would like to introduce the idea of Aurasma 2-ways.  In the classroom, those additional options allow for  differentiation and learning at high cognitive levels with Bloom’s.

In ALL cases you will be using the Aurasma app to view the images, videos, resources, lessons, etc.  We have layered over the following jpegs. This is “Layered Learning” at its best. This is the ARevolution! (Don’t forget that Aurasma works like Twitter: Tap the magnifying icon at the bottom of the screen, search for & follow the Thrasymachus, Compher Social Sciences, and Northwest HS Channels to view all of our “Auras”).

As an aside, enjoy #ARevolution the magazine on Flipboard at

Tourist and France 2-ways

1 way:  Use a map of France to immerse your students in a 3D Sphere/TourWrist visual of France.  This is at the Knowledge level for Bloom’s.  Check out the original 1 way France post here


2 ways: Add a link within the Sphere/TourWrist visual to extend learning.

How would the scene just viewed be relevant to the Revolutionary war?

How would this scene be a direct contract to the time period of the French Revolution?

Write a narrative describing the type of person who would live in the place you just visited digitally.  Make sure to take into account the history lessons of the last week and explain how you justify your character with relevant academic vocabulary.

There could also be questions that link the reading for the day to the augmented visual to model after the STARR in English and Social Studies.

Imagine how helpful this could be for a new English Learner in your classroom.  You have now arrived at the application or creation level of Bloom’s.  BAM!

Solar System 3-ways

1 way:  This one has over 24 layered placed on it. Each planet can either be single tapped or double tapped to send students to different videos or resources. Tap the bottom left hand corner for our contact information. Tap the black areas for special surprises!!!

Check out the original post here Bloom’s = Knowledge

Wow factor=HUGE

Solar System

2 ways:  Student Centered Learning / Project Based Learning

Divide the class into groups.  Have each group research each planet (body systems, biomes, states).  The team will create a webpage visual with their acquired knowledge.  NISD teachers have access to this within NetSchool (Moodle).  Bloom’s = CREATE!

3 ways:  Students can write questions on their task.  A third link (layer) can be added to the webpage that leads to a check for understanding.  The questions can be placed in adaptive mode in Moodle for inclusion students.  Bloom’s = CREATE!

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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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