Students started out by drawing a picture of themselves and a friend. The teachers photographed this drawing using their iPads. We set up a very simple green screen by wrapping green paper around a storage cupboard. Each day, it was the turn of one of our EC4 classes to use this space with their students - the teachers' iPads had Green Screen Mobile Effects installed on them and the teachers unlocked both the set background (allowing the student artwork to be used as backdrops) and the time (allowing students to talk for as long as they wanted). We had one tripod, so each day we mounted one teacher iPad on it and students were able to select their drawings from the Photo Stream and then move in front of the green paper where they be part of their own drawing.
The summative assessment called for students to talk about the friend on their picture, the sorts of words and behaviours they use with this person and how this friend makes them feel and why. They shared stories about the things they did and how they played together. These Green Screen movies were saved so that they could be turned into the overlays for the Auras.
Back in their learning spaces the teachers then photographed the students with their friend. These photographs were going to become the triggers for the Auras.
Today after school we put both the triggers and overlays together to produce the Auras on ASB's Aurasma channel. Now, by holding a mobile device over the photograph of the two friends, a video will appear with a drawing of the children made by a student, and inside that drawing will be the student talking about his or her friend. We will be able to add the photographs to the students' ePortfolios so that they will trigger Auras and be a permanent record of the students' learning during this unit of inquiry.
I think the thing that is really impressive about this is just how easy it is to do. Even our youngest students are very able to take photos of their own artwork, add these photos to the GSMX app, stand in front of a "green screen" and talk. The final Auras are really quite magical. It really is a wonderful way to capture this authentic learning.