Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tour of Quebec

It's always a great time when Foreign Language classes visit the library.  May's visit from Ms. Marshall's eighth grade French students was no exception.  Last year, these students were introduced to the concept of Augmented Reality (AR) through the use of Aurasma, an AR tool available as an iPad app.  As seventh graders, the students used Aurasma to take a virtual field trip to points of interest in Paris, France.

Aurasma works by connecting a "trigger image" to content to be displayed.  In this case, students opened the Aurasma app on the iPad.  While strolling through the library, students would see pictures of points of interest in Quebec.  When the iPad was pointed at one of these images, Aurasma would then play a video about the location.  This allowed the students to take a walking tour of Quebec -- all from the comfort of our library at Pioneer!

Students located a point of interest in Quebec.  This is a trigger image to be used with the Aurasma app.
Some of the points of interest that the students visited included Old Quebec, La Citadelle, Hotel de Glace, and Montmorency Falls.  Students even got view a video featuring some delicious poutine!  At each station, students took notes on what they viewed during the video.  These notes helped students with the next steps of the project.

Students viewing a Quebec destination by using Aurasma.
Once all points of interest were visited, students were then able to choose their favorite locations.  They then wrote postcards (in French) home to both a friend and to our Principal, Ms. Prorok.  This gave students a chance to test both their personal/casual and professional French writing skills.

At the very end of the project, students created their own travel brochure of French destinations.  This was a great step, as all of the brochures were different.  The brochures were different because students' interests in Quebec attractions varied.

Next year, we will be back to visiting Paris with our new group of French students.  We look forward to visiting Quebec again in the future.

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