Treasure Hunts at the Library: Raiders of the Lost (AR)k
The activity can be used with any class:
• Student Development:
Introduction to library spaces/resources
• English & Public Speaking:
Databases, Catalog, Citation, Evaluation
• 200-level courses:
Specific databases & LibGuides
• ESL: Vocabulary questions about the library
Set up two Aurasma accounts. The one for the iPads will
“follow” the creator account to recognize the trigger images.
Give each group an extra iPad with a Padlet
board open, so they can submit photo, video,
or text answers. Review the Padlet boards in
the classroom after everyone returns. Save
the Padlets as images to send to the teacher
Make it a self-guided activity by leaving
maps & instructions at your Welcome Desk
and offer it as a fun Welcome Week activity,
extra credit for a class, or as a contest!
Both apps are free for both
Apple & Android. Padlet is
also browser-based. Both
require Wi-Fi to work.
Alex Harrington, email@example.com
Garrison Libby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach
Trigger Overlay On iPad
Adding augmented reality (AR) to library instruction scavenger hunts
brings an interactive element to the activity that engages students and
encourages them to see the library as a fun place.
Give each group of students an iPad, and they follow a map of stops in the
library. Each stop has an image to scan using Aurasma (an AR app),
revealing an overlay of content.
Use the graphics program of your choice to
create a “trigger” image for each stop on the
map. Then create an “overlay” image for
each trigger. When the students scan the
trigger with their iPads, the overlay
appears! Upload them to Aurasma.com.