A Surprising Twist on an Educational Staple
Students love field trips. They love the change of pace as well as the chance to visit places they might not otherwise get to see in person.
Educators love providing students enriching experiences, and we’re also cautious to purposefully plan the excursions so there are no surprises. However, there is one surprise that will have everyone on a field trip engaged and talking about the curriculum…
I recently went on a “date night” to the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (The museum is also a place our school has taken our 5th graders in the past.) The date started out great…and things really got exciting when I began listening to another principal as we brainstormed all the ways Augmented Reality could be used on future field trips with students. By-the-way, Augmented Reality is a technology used to add supplemental digital layers of content to virtually anything.
The view from the observation deck at the top of an old grain elevator was breath-taking…I felt as if I could reach out and grab the Gold Medal Flour sign that towered above the boulevard. As we took in the rich history of the museum, I began recording video greetings with information and questions for students. I even integrated some of my own childhood memories into the recorded messages as they pertained to the exhibits. After I got home I linked the video messages to photographs I took at the museum using the Aurasma app.
The next time our students go to the Mill City Museum for a field trip they can experience a surprise from their principal! I’m even more excited to see the types of Augmented Reality content or scavenger hunts that our students could create on a field trip! With the technology and support we’re providing them they could document their learning in new and innovative ways.
How have you used educational technology to meaningfully enhance the student learning experience? I’d love to hear your comments!
The photographs I took above now serve as AR triggers.
Use the Aurasma app and follow the Greenwood Elementary channel to view.
Double-click each photo to enlarge it; then let Aurasma do the rest!
Posted on January 20, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged AR, Augmented Reality, Aurasma, Date Night, Educational Technology, Field Trip, Innovation, Mill City Museum. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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