Shaking up Shakespeare with visual imagery by @Missscottperins

Could 2D Displays become a thing of the past?

This blog is another sharing of a little idea that I had that is in the process of ‘taking off’ so to speak. We have 5 classes in Year 10 currently studying ‘Macbeth’ in preparation for their English Literature exam next year. Thanks to the changes to the curriculum, this has become a slightly more daunting and onerous task than previous controlled assessment preparations (not that these weren’t stressful enough). Students must have a knowledge of the whole play, no more ‘key scenes’ and must recall quotations in a ‘closed book’ exam – no more notes or book to help out! How can we get around this and try to make the vast quantity of reading both engaging and memorable?

We hope we have found a little light at the end of the tunnel…

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Over half term, I became a bit of a Twitter fanatic and discovered inspiring professionals such as @ICTMagic to follow- I found some amazing resources and was really keen to try and use them in my practice. One of the tweets from @ICTMagic was the sharing of Pablo by Buffer a site that lets you put quotations over images to make them more attractive on social media. I started off using these as flashbacks in my PowerPoints to share important quotations with my students. I was really pleased when one of my colleagues (also on Twitter @barberenglish) asked where I had made these. He has now taken this to the next level and created the #macbarbs project – whereby his class (and indeed mine) choose the quote they think is the most important and this is tweeted using the hash-tag for us to recall for revision next year… genius! Great work Barbs!!

We are now starting to think of ways to take this even further as our students are really engaged in the process of making their own quotation images. My class have created a quotation bank on Google Slides where they can create their quote image and upload it to the bank at any point. The plan is that these quotations will be printed off to turn into a display for all 5 of the classes. Then comes the amazing plan to go ‘augmental’; it is our aim that students will then take responsibility for creating an explanation/resource for each of the quotations to upload to Aurasma  to bring the display to life through augmented reality. Students will download the Aurasma app, hover over any of the quotations and be greeted with an informative, detailed and engaging explanation of the quote and the scene in which is occurs all created by their classmates. The students are taking ownership of both the quotations being selected and the content they are creating. We are hoping this is going to be an amazing revision tool when the students need to revisit the text in Y11 (as well as being innovative, creative and fun).

Obviously, this is an ongoing project that all 5 groups are contributing to. We are still only on act II of the play and building up our bank of quotations and haven’t started to build the Aurasma content yet, but needless to say we are excited to be bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century thanks to some fantastic e-learning resources.

This has made me think that 2D displays are a thing of the past- how could you use augmented reality in your classrooms?


Image source: Via Meg on Flickr under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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