Enhancing a Barnaby Bear book with Technology
Last weekend, my son Harry came home with his class teddy! We had a great weekend which we documented in the book by printing some photos, but as you would probably guess I couldn't just leave it at text and images. I wanted to use technology to enhance what can be done with the book.
Firstly, I wanted to document Harry's recount of the weekend. As he isn't able to write yet, I used the app Audioboom to record some audio of him talking through his weekend. This was uploaded online and turned into a QR code which was printed and stuck in the book.
For me, this is a simple but effective way in which younger children can contribute more to the book. It has so many other uses in the classroom.
On the Saturday afternoon as the rain poured outside, we decided to take Barnaby on some adventures using Greenscreen. It was great fun! Using the app Doink Greenscreen, the children recorded themselves swimming in the ocean, exploring space, on the beach and surrounded by snow. We took some pictures and printed these in the book. We then used Aurasma to link the greenscreen video to the image in the book. When scanned the following video is played -
Flipagram is another app that can be used to document adventures and again linked through QR codes. I have previously blogged about ideas for using Flipagram in the classroom. You can read it here - http://mrparkinsonict.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/making-most-of-flipagram-in-classroom.html