I can’t wait to share with you my awesome library orientation lesson. This might have been the best thing I have ever come up with and I don’t know that this is an exaggeration.
After seeing the instantaneous success of Pokemon Go!, I wanted to capitalize on that popularity and find a way to incorporate it into my library orientation. I started doing a little thinking and I remembered attending the AAIM 2015 conference and being introduced to a little app called Aurasma and the world of Augmented Reality. At the time, I thought “well isn’t that neat, but how will I ever be able to use it?”. Hello surfaced memory!
So, I started drafting my plan. I wanted to tag objects and sections in the library and overlay them with videos. I wanted to cover fiction, nonfiction, using shelfmarkers, how to find a ‘just right’ book, how to use the Follett Destiny app to check=in and out books, and, of course, an introduction video about the brand new Greenland Pirate librarian – me!
At first, I planned to use videos that I knew where readily available online. I found videos for everything except the how-to video and my introduction and started trying to upload the videos into the Aurasma studio. After watching through the videos a few times I realized the project was beginning to feel impersonal and disjointed. So, instead, I started fresh and recorded myself. I recorded myself walking through our library and detailing how our fiction and nonfiction sections were arranged, I created my video tutorial on using the iPads for check-out procedures, and used Animoto and a voiceover app to make my intro.
So, once again, I logged into the Aurasma studio and followed the instructions to make my Auras. I created two and then gave them a test run. Nothing. Happened. It wouldn’t trigger. I researched the problem. I tried every trick I could find. Still nada. I was truly freaking out at this point. I wanted this to work so badly. I could see it beautifully in my mind but it was starting to become a huge headache.
Even though everything suggested that the Aurasma studio would be my best option, I gave it a shot on my iPad. I took a deep breath, prayed a small prayer, and gave it a test run. Voila! I had liftoff!
I quickly got to work uploading the videos via my device. And then my first class arrived for my orientation week (which was actually the second week of school). My students loved Library Go! They couldn’t get enough of it. They loved trying to find the videos and enjoyed the method of learning.
I started the week out using Kahoot! to do a check on learning but I found that I was having to cut the playing of Library Go too short and student weren’t being able to finish all the videos. I scrapped that and instead did a quick overview of each video. It wasn’t perfect, but it gave the students more time to participate in the lesson and left a positive experience with my new students and at the end of the day, you just can’t beat that!