How can teachers keep students engaged at school? By capturing their imagination with augmented reality (AR).
This field has real growth potential for the following reasons:
- Availability of compatible devices in the classroom
- Tech-savviness of students
- Immersive content with lots of applications
Teachers are always looking for ways to get students interested in learning. But before someone can absorb the information, they have to buy in. Teaching methods need to evolve with today's resources, and now is a great time to incorporate exciting new programs in school.
Instructional technology has come a long way in the past 20 plus years. This isn't the mid-90s, when classrooms were lucky to have a computer. These days, it's common for schools to have various devices like Chromebooks, iPads, and SMART Boards.
Plus, school-age children are more tech-savvy now than ever before. They've grown up with computers, so they have the background and skills to handle interactive online activities.
So what does augmented reality look like in the classroom? In chemistry class, students could see how elements create molecules or mix combustible chemicals through the safety of a simulation.
While technology always comes with a learning curve, plenty of benefits make AR viable in school. It offers a safe and convenient way to learn, for one. Here's an example. Instead of traveling to the Amazon rainforest to learn about habitat destruction, AR could show the effects of deforestation right in the classroom. The possibilities are endless.
Augmented reality enables active learning, as opposed to the passive listening that's common in school. A handheld device like a tablet lets students get out of their seats. Add AR to the equation, and you've got an immersive adventure within the confines of the school.
Another big reason why kids respond to digital activities like AR is the gamification factor. If you give students a video game-like experience with competition, performance tracking, or other gaming elements, you just made something boring into something fun.
Today's digital world shouldn't stop at the classroom because there are innovative options out there. More schools need to take advantage. Engaging and easy-to-use AR activities would benefit many groups, from overworked teachers to underserved students to overextended districts.
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