Capturing attention of kids and that too in a classroom was never easy, teachers always found out a way to involve them in the classroom in a way that can help them learn without being bored. Today, with technological advancements, teachers don’t have to worry about how to engage the students in studies; technology has found the way, the way out is “technology”!
3D simulation, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) are technology-based learning, where image augmentation, AR adds digital elements to a live view by using a camera phone or we can say that it adds a layer of computer-generated images or graphics over the existing reality. It is widely used in education and games as well.
Virtual Reality is a virtual recreation of real-life experience through the use of technology. For example, one can see and understand the solar system not just in a text book or a video but by being virtually present in it.
These technologies are being adopted by education system across the globe. Through these advancements a new dimension of understanding is unfolding, which can help kids learn better and smartly.
Benefits of using AR, VR technology in classroom:
Engaging and involving: Today, kids find a natural attachment towards gadgets, internet, computers and the like-wise; they seem less interested in older ways of learning, gaming and connecting, thus, an Augmented Reality, Visual Reality, 3D enabled classroom teaching can attract students to actively learn and readily participate in the classroom activities. These technological progresses can boost interest and drive them to pursue them in the long run.
Immersive learning: Augmented reality and virtual reality promise an experience in which an artificial environment is created of the topics covered in the text book. This artificial environment creates an actual learning environment for the student. Student can gain deeper insights of the topic. Immersive learning gives the luxury of real-life scenarios to the learners and its’ not just for science subjects, AR and VR can bring wonders in subjects like history, geography, political science can be learned in more engaging and dynamic way.
Better learning with deeper understanding: When a student gets a proper medium of learning, the kid is more than enthusiast to perform that with zeal and exuberance. A mode of study which is not rigid and overloaded with overweight school bags, rather it’s flexible, dynamic, playful and fun-learning will keep young kids motivated, curious and eager to learn. Tech-enabled education has proved its’ worth in the last few years across the globe, it’s being accepted and practiced widely.
Maximum retention: Anything that we learn with interest stays with us for long and rehearsing that in regular intervals keeps it fresh even after years. AR and VR enabled learning can be very effective for kids who have just started their formal education now. A real-life visualization can enhance the learning experience tremendously as it presents the concept vividly. Technology is the way ahead, so it would be pre-requisite to train tomorrow’s kids efficiently in the technology-based learning.
Further, practicing old lessons is easier through technology as it can be accessed anytime and with less time.
Expanding newer horizons : Education and career are not limited to just a few typical ones anymore, specificity is ever-increasing and with it, new fields of work are developing rapidly. AR and VR technology in education can help students to learn every subject minutely and creatively. Learning with technology can simulate the young minds imaginative potential hugely. New dimensions of research pop out when we see through different lenses.
Today, we have options to choose from a large number of careers, better learning at school can ensure students of better understanding and making better career choices by properly understanding one’s inclination and identifying specific interest areas.
Difficult topics: There are specific topics in each subject, which are difficult to comprehend and practice. A few concepts in Science, Mathematics, a few principles in Geography, Environmental science needs to be understood by visually experiencing them. AR and VR has that potential to simplify those difficult topics and present them in a way that is simple, precise and yet comprehensive.
Mugging textbooks for understanding the complex human body or the solar system or visualizing these concepts through 3D simulation, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, which would you prefer?
Right approach from the beginning: For a century that has seen the proliferation of technology right from the beginning and its’ sphere of influence is widening, it’s apt that modern education be based on technology. We are dependent on technology for most of our day-to-day activities, which have transformed each of us into “tech-man” in many ways and the young generation is always active technologically, so, its’ quite natural that if they are trained through technology right from the beginning, they will find greater interest and passion to pursue their studies.
The ultimate goal of education is to educate students in a best possible way so that the education can usher him into a right path for the times to come. Schools can use 3D visualizations, AR, VR to explain concepts to students easily, smartly and effectively. These development are also oriented as per the needs of 21st century society. The USP of technology-based activity is that it takes us beyond restrictions. Tech-enabled education is the best possible way ahead as the times that is coming is “technically-technological”!