Happy World Book Day!

Hello reader,

Do you know what “World Book day” is? 

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and what is the most important: it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

23 April is World Book and Copyright Day. How can we celebrate this important day in our classrooms? As you know, I am studying a Bilingual Teaching Master in which we are carrying out a lot of activities for ICT. For this challenge, our teacher had the fantastic idea to celebrate the World Book Day while we are carrying out our mission. I really like this idea! We are carrying out an enjoyable activity at the same time that we are developing language and digital competence, fostering and sharing reading skills, learning about the importance of connecting cultural  aspects of a language and acquiring tips about a lesson plan to celebrate events in the classroom.

Would you like to know how we are going to celebrate this day and what our mission is? First of all, we have to record a brief video clip or audio track explaining what type of books we read, which is our favourite book and why we recommend it; what features define us as a reader. For this step, I used Screencast-O-Matic in order to record myself and VideoPad to edit my video.

As you will discover soon, my favourite book is “The shadow of the wind” by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It is a worldwide bestseller. I first read this book when I was in high school. After it, I have read other novels from this author but this book remains my favourite of all time.

Next, we have to search the book cover of our favourite book, or create a meaningful collage of our self-portrait as a reader. It is really important to bear in mind to use Creative Common images which you can use for educational purposes, and cite and attribute. I decided to use my own images. Last December, I visited the famous bookstore called Lello in Porto where I have a beautiful picture of my self surrounded by books. I decided to use it for my self-portrait as a reader with a quote of my favourite book. The quote I chose is the next:

“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you” Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Then, we have to start the most challenging part, to create a “trigger image“. Do you know what is a “trigger image”? It is my first time creating one. A trigger image is one of the basic building blocks of an Aura. It is an image uploaded to our databases that will be detected when a user views it through the camera. When it is detected, an overlay will appear. You must be wondering how can you create your own trigger image. It is really easy. What you need to do first is to download free Aurasma app to you mobile device: Android IOS and sign up using you mobile device and log in the Aurasma app, and create your own public profile. Our teacher always remember us the importance of digital identity when providing your public profile with a meaningful name, as you may want to use it later in your lessons. Then, go to your computer and log in to the desktop Aurasma Studio with the credentials you used when you signed up for the app and you will see your account. Aurasma app help us as teachers to use augmented reality (AR) to turn everyday objects, images, and places into new, interactive opportunities to engage with our students through striking graphics, animation, video, audio, and 3D content.

Once you have your account, what you have to do is to click “Trigger Images” and upload an image file. Next, click “Overlays” and upload the video/audio file you want to use according to the image. Now, click “Auras” and create a new one by clicking “Add”. Title it, add your “trigger image“, and your “overlay“. Fix size and position, and save. The, you will have your trigger image ready. You can check that everything is working properly by opening your own Aurasma app with your mobile device and place it over the image that you have used as your trigger image. If everything has gone well, you will automatically discover the hidden augmented reality. If you need further help, you can watch this video created by some of my master peers. They created this video as a tutorial to explain how to use Aurasma app. It is fantastic, don’t miss it!

Finally, you know as teachers how important is to share our works and collaborate with each other in order to make a more meaningful education. Our teacher has invited us to take part in her Pinterest board: A wall of books, the social collaborative board to celebrate World Book Day. On this wall, we will pin and share our final work with our favourite book. We can pin any book or title, a favourite from childhood, a current book or something we’ve read and enjoyed. Have a loot at it:

Finally, here you are my “trigger image” in which you can discover my video. You have to launch Aurasma on your mobile device, follow my channel: lolaberral and point your device’s camera at the following image:

lola portada

Enjoy it! What are you waiting to create your own one?

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