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In the fourth grade hallway, Baylis Earle and Avery McGlothlin launch an educational video using the new Aurasma technology.
In the fourth grade hallway, Baylis Earle and Avery McGlothlin launch an educational video using the new Aurasma technology.

Liberty Christian’s fourth grade students will have the opportunity to enhance their study of native Texas animals in 2015 using new classroom iPads and new technology called augmented reality.

Texas Master Naturalists recently teamed with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to “augment” their “Texas Wildlife Identification Guide” and all nine of their “Great Texas Wildlife Trail” maps.

Each classroom was issued two copies of the identification guide, and all nine maps will soon be displayed in the fourth grade hallway, thanks to a donation by the Texas Parks and Wildlife to Liberty’s Super Science program.

Using an iPad and a free application called “Aurasma,” students will “scan” animal images of interest in the identification guides or on the maps to launch short educational videos of each animal in their natural habitat and hear verbal facts and descriptions about the animals they are studying.

“We hope our students will love incorporating this technology into their study and research of Texas animals, as they blend together science, nature, and technology,” said Amanda McGlothlin, Super Science teacher.

Six unique regions of Texas are displayed as “Heart of Texas West,” “Heart of Texas East,” Panhandle Plains,” “Prairies and Pineywoods West,” “Prairies and Pineywoods East,” and “Far West Texas.”

Three birding trails and maps displayed include “Lower Texas Coast,” “Central Texas Coast,” and “Upper Texas Coast.”

Vivian Nichols is part of the public relations team for Liberty Christian School.

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