Technology is changing every realm of human life, most importantly education. Modern educators understand that the classroom methods of imparting knowledge are now a thing of the past. Hence, they are using disruptive technologies like augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and deep learning to engage and educate their students.
Since augmented reality is one of the leading technologies dominating the EdTech world, an increasing number of tech giants like Apple and Google are introducing AR-compatible smartphones. These EdTech solutions will augment the reality of the classroom and merge the physical and digital realms to offer a holistic learning experience to students.
In this digital age, students are accustomed to acquiring knowledge by touching or swiping screens. The most appropriate way to teach these technologically-connected minds is by offering them an engaging learning experience. AR in education can serve several purposes from helping learners acquire, process, and retain knowledge to making the learning process engaging and fun.
Regardless of the age group or the level of education, AR is opening a world of opportunities for this segment. Read on to learn why adopting AR-based learning is an important trend that all educational institutions should adopt
1. Reduced Distractions and Improved Learning Efficiency
A majority of children and young adults suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). It is quite common. As such, their minds tend to wander, they get bored very easily and they may become restless. AR has the power to address this particular problem. It can be introduced as a means to offer a hands-on learning experience. With AR-powered learning models the students will find their curiosity piqued by a way to learn all that they want to as good as first hand.
Moreover, AR-based learning models impart knowledge through educational storytelling and powerful visual models. This unique method of delivering education brings tough concepts to life, thereby helping students retain knowledge for a long time.
2. Increased Student Participation and Interactions
AR provides a way for interactive learning. Traditionally, subjects like physics, chemistry and biology, the key subjects taught as introduction to the realm of science, can become extremely abstract and tough to grasp. The lack of understanding of the concepts can discourage them, thereby impacting their participation in the class or motivation to learn.
For instance, students may find it difficult to visualize the liver of a toad, or how a projectile can move about in the air, just by sitting in class. With AR-based solutions like apps, students can get hands-on experience of all these metaphysical concepts without actually having to throw a projectile in the air or dissect a toad. This way, learning can be more wholesome and enriching.
AR-based learning models help them grasp complicated concepts and connect with lessons at a deeper level. This stimulates active exploration of the subject and enhancing their participation in the classroom. Imagine art students visiting an AR-powered gallery to learn everything about the artwork or a sculpture using Google Glass or Microsoft HoloLens. Thus, AR technology can help improve the efficiency of the learning process, making the class more interactive than ever.
3. Stimulates Curiosity
Educational institutions strive to make their educational curricula interesting for students so that they are excited about the learning process and curious about the subject. Using AR-based solutions to impart education will help educators transform mundane lectures into an interesting and interactive presentation, thereby stimulating the students’ intellectual curiosity.
For instance, when accessing AR-powered 3D models of the human heart students can not only learn about its various parts but also get detailed information on how they function. This learning experience will make them think passionately about the world around them, encouraging them to come up with new and innovative ideas in this field.
4. Unlimited Access
Traditional schools and models of education expect students to attend class and keep abreast of all the latest teachings. However, there are no methods to continue teaching students who are not able to attend schools. Students may have injuries, life-threatening accidents or even illnesses which may prevent them from attending school, and thus cause them to miss classes. But with AR, this can be effectively addressed as it takes the entire learning modules and courses right to the student so that they can be pursued at any time. Missed classes will cease to mean a lack of opportunity to learn.
AR is allowing educational institutions to move away from the traditional forms of delivering knowledge and adopt innovative and interactive learning models in their instruction.
With the green signal from the cream of Indian academicians to go ahead with AR, India is gearing up for nothing short of a revolution in the field of education. If executed properly, it has the potential to galvanize the youngest and brightest minds of India, spurring them on to success. The introduction of such an exciting technology could not have come at a better time, with around 63 percent of India’s population between the ages of 15 and 59 years. The working-age population is scheduled to be at its peak around 2036, so this is the absolute right time to get to work on sharpening the minds of the young citizens of India while imparting them the right tools to learn and grow.
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