One of the most exciting trends in learning today is augmented reality. This technology allows users to interact with digital information and content, much like how their computers do. A variety of applications are available and they can even be used on smartphones.
How can this technology benefit education? For one, it allows students to get hands on experience with the subject matter. Augmented reality programs allow students to explore worlds they wouldn’t normally get to see. They can do research in real life situations and get data and knowledge from what they find. They can also interact with digital information and content that are part of a lesson plan and not just outside of the class room. It offers a level of interactivity that doesn’t occur with traditional textbooks.
It’s also made learning more fun for students. Instead of being limited to reading text in a book, they can actually “read” it on the computer. The content is relevant to the lesson and students can engage with it in real time. This type of technology is especially popular in K-12 and elementary school environments. Since it is engaging, interesting, and allows students to have real life hands on experience, they enjoy the experience more than if the material is just on a screen.
Benefits of augmented reality are also apparent when it comes to workforce training. Companies are always looking for new ways to train their employees. With the many distractions that can take place while at work, it’s hard for some people to learn what they need to know. Some even give up and go home. With an augmented reality program, students can see exactly what their trainer is talking about and then have the ability to engage with it on their own.
Teachers can use these programs as well. By providing students with a way to study information at home, teachers can cut down on the amount of travel time students spend in the classroom and cut down on classroom discussion. It gives students the same information but in an engaging environment. There is no need to print out paper copies of important information, which means less waste, and students can study right in their pajamas.
Another one of the many benefits of augmented reality in educational environments is how it can help students learn more about a subject or topic. For example, when a student is learning about the history of art in a classroom setting, they will be able to see how different artists represented different periods of time. They can learn from actual objects that were created during a time period that looks interesting to them. Even watching videos on the history channel can be an interesting part of a class discussion. But students can also use software programs to create their own digital environment, where they can play video games, create virtual worlds, or jump into other applications. All of these allow students to get more done and learn more about the subject matter.
Finally, augmented reality allows students to learn more about themselves and how they fit into the world. Students can use their computers as virtual classrooms, giving them a chance to meet and to talk with peers who are also trying to learn the same things as they are. This creates a sense of community for students who may otherwise feel lost in a sea of white noise.
There are many benefits of augmented reality in educational environments. Teachers are finding new ways to bring lessons to life through this type of technology. Students are having fun with it and are having fun learning. The students that use it have more fun and are more likely to retain what they learn. Now all that remains is for the teachers to decide whether it is a tool that can bring even more benefits to students.