During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality!
I gave the students a choice to pick one of the several different coloring pages from the app Crayola Color Alive powered by DAQRI, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment:
1. Have fun
2. Use your imagination
The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted.
Once most of the class had finished coloring and writing their stories, I asked for a few volunteers to share what they created. I then took their coloring sheet and brought it to life using augmented reality! The student were in complete awe! One student said, "I felt like the dragon was going to come out of the screen!" After showing the whole class several examples, I handed each group an iPad so they could view and share their stories with their team members.