Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster the development of teacher and student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step –  Redefine high performance in a student-centered, collaborative, technologically rich learning environment

Indicator of Success – Creativity and risk-taking will be evident and celebrated as learners embrace new technologies.

The second grade teachers encouraged their students to try writing, publishing, and sharing literary works that integrated animated 3D and augmented reality technologies. By trying new challenging tasks, the students persevered and demonstrated their learning in a fun new way.


First, the students wrote their own stories using the gingerbread writing framework. After their stories were completed, they then used their time in art to illustrate their book covers and characters. Along with guidance of classroom teachers, the students then composed book reviews of their stories.

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Next, the students integrated technology into their projects. Using the book reviews as a script, the students used Morfo 3D Face Booth app on their iPads to create talking, life-like 3D characters. These animated characters gave the book review for each of the stories.

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In order to share their digital creations, students then implanted another layer of technology, augmented reality. Augmented reality uses technology that can add graphics, sounds, or even smell to the real world objects to enhance the user’s sensory perception of the virtual world they are seeing or interacting with. A digital tool, like the iPad can create an augmented view for the user that is the combination of the real scene viewed by the user and a virtual scene generated by the app that augments the scene with additional information.

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To accomplish adding augmented reality to their book covers, students brought their 3D character into the Aurasma app on the iPads. Using Aurasma they created augmented reality layers, Aurasma calls them “auras,” that pops up when an objects is scanned with the iPad.  Students shared their 3D Morpho reviews using augmented reality with classmates, teachers, and family members. Below is a short video demonstrating a small example of the work created by the second graders at BFA.

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