· First, students created a Book Talk in written form. We asked for a hook, a brief summary, a counterargument and a close – about 7 – 10 sentences. When read aloud, the average time was 1 minute.
· Students then rehearsed with a partner, adding expression and gestures.
· Small groups worked together to videotape each other giving their Book Talk.
· Students then used the free Aurasma app to turn their video into an overlay or aura. Next, they took a photo of the book cover and used it as a trigger. This means that when anyone scans the book cover with Aurasma, up pops the video sales pitch for the book.
· Finally, Aurasma stickers were placed on the book spines. Now, when students are looking for a book in the library, they can scan with Aurasma and listen to a persuasive book talk.
Here's a photo of me demonstrating to students what it looks like when you scan and the video sales pitch pops up.