Augmented reality in education has the potential to make classes more engaging and information more apprehendable.
Traditional methods of education as we know it are becoming a thing of the past. Today, school and university students no longer want to learn only by reading books and copying texts.
They want the power of technology in their classrooms.
On the other hand, bringing technology to schools and universities raises the quality of education to much higher levels. New learning formats lead to greater student engagement, which, in turn, makes the knowledge, and skills stay longer.
Thus, adapting technological solutions to education is becoming increasingly popular, as educators know that the learning process should be all about creativity and interaction. While teachers do not necessarily need to recruit all students into science, their goal is to get them interested in a subject.
That’s where AR could come in handy. Let’s take a look at few examples of Augmented Reality technology in the educational sector:
Augmented Reality Classrooms
One of the simplest AR uses in education is its introduction in the traditional classroom.
Supporting textbook materials with AR examples adds another dimension to the learning process – a process that will become a hybrid of the traditional approach and innovative practical illustrations of complicated concepts.
Here’s a simple example of how AR could be utilised in the classroom. By scanning the covers of textbooks, students get a short description of what they’re about. Thus, smarter choices can be made about the selection of learning materials that will be most suited to the task at hand.
4D augmented reality flashcards are also in existence already. Dinosaur 4D+ by Octagon Studio is a set of AR flashcards that give students a better idea about what dinosaurs have looked like that simultaneously provide information about their habitats, biology, and the origin of dinosaurs.
By using augmented reality, students can learn even outside the classroom. What’s more, online or distance learning can be easier and more efficient with AR-aided educational materials.
For example, Modly, a language-learning app, has recently integrated an AR-based virtual teacher to help users practice their skills as if they were in a real-life setting.
The AR Lab
Lab experiments and demonstrations are undoubtedly one of the most effective practical options for bringing challenging concepts to reality. Due to budget limitations, available equipment or safety hazards, however, many schools limit the scope of practical demonstrations that students are exposed to.
This is another fact that’s beginning to change through the adoption of AR technology. The number of experiments and demonstrations students can witness is going to grow. In fact, such educational tools are already available.
Anatomy 4D is an excellent example of such AR development. When printed targets are scanned, students see a 3D model of the human body that can be interacted with. Experience Chemistry is another similar development. It enables virtual reactions to take place as students progress through different levels and learn about chemical elements.