Stephanie Taylor is a 6th grade ELA teacher at North Middle School. She is also one of our #HCSInnovate teacher fellows. A couple of weeks ago we were brainstorming ways to bring technology + student engagement into her next lesson in reading class. Stephanie is fortunate enough, at NMS, to have the ability to check out one of their mobile iPad carts.
- For each table group, Stephanie selected nonfiction articles about WWII specifically designed to supplement their text set. In addition to the text articles, she collected several pieces of multimedia to “overlay” on the articles. She had graphic novel cartoons, YouTube videos and photos.
- Before class, Stephanie created a “teacher account” on Aurasma and had the Library Media Specialist download the Aurasma app on all the iPads.
- When creating “Auras” in Aurasma, you first must choose the overlay (this was her multimedia, videos,etc). The second step is to choose the photo or text on which the multimedia would be placed (images, words, infographics from the articles).
- Once the Aura has been saved and shared, it is ready to be viewed.
- Stephanie created a generic “Aurasma” account that she logged into on each of the iPads to minimize the stress during the actual lesson. Once logged into each Aurasma account, she “followed” her own teacher channel. This would allow her class iPads to view the Auras she had previously created.
- Students had already completed the first read for all of the articles. Once teams were assigned a specific article, they had to discuss theme, topic, and main idea to refresh their memories about the specifics.
- After the discussion, students scanned their articles with Aurasma. They looked at key terms, pictures, and infographics to discover triggers.
- Once all of the auras were discovered, students had to complete a series of questions in a Google Quiz to help them connect the multimedia to the content in the article. These questions will become the discussion starters for their socratic seminar.
- The final piece of this unit is for each student to create a collage expressing what they have learned. Students will be recorded explaining their collages. These recordings will be overlayed onto the artwork and then displayed for other classes to listen to and reflect upon.