Classrooms are forever evolving. First, it was the abacus and later calculators and personal computers. Since the start of the 21st century, the IT evolution has picked up its pace. Many schools now provide students with a tablet and computers for their use. The latest educational trend is the introduction of augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to the classroom. While there are thousands of proponents of mixed reality devices use in class, some researchers are still in doubt.
A look at the potential of AR and VR for education.
Mixed reality is a predominantly virtual space where real-world objects and people are integrated into virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Thanks to Mixed Reality, students can touch and manipulate objects generating a greater understanding of them, and this doesn’t stop here. Students can also interact with data sets, complex formulae and abstract concepts which could be more difficult to understand through the teacher’s verbal instructions. For most students, learning by doing is easier than learning by listening.
Mixed Reality gives educators access to new innovative possibilities to explore with their students through and it is:
- Engaging: direct experience generate an effective way to captivate those students who struggle, or it can just provide another opportunity to boost the engagement during lessons at school.
- Universal: regardless of social, economic or geographic disparities, MR at school brings together people and encourage human interaction.
- All-purpose: as said before, Mixed Reality can be used to teach any topic, because it is easier to see and hear something instead of having it explained, above all with abstract concepts.
- Faraway worlds: using MR devices, students and teachers can go back in time, interacting with objects, animals or human beings that are no longer existing: dinosaurs and primitives get a new, more realistic image in learners’ minds.
The latest advancement in the world of technology is the mixed reality, and unsurprisingly, many are keen to see how it will influence the education scene. Essentially a combination of virtual reality and augmented reality, mixed reality is set to play a big role in training the students of the future.
AR & VR as an open door to Learning.
Mixed reality is opening doors to learning avenues that were previously out of reach. Today, a proper VR laptop and a pair of MR headsets are all a curious learner needs to explore the world around them, dive into deep seas and walk on alien planets, all while in the comfort of their classroom or home. Although the price of entry is still far higher than most educators would like
One of the most exciting aspects of virtual reality is its ability to bring people together, regardless of distances. All of the experiences, tutorial videos, and learning apps that are appearing every day would work just as well whether the teacher and student are in the same room, or across the world from each other.
VR brings us another step towards a truly global society. A society in which knowledge can be freely shared regardless of physical distance, and in which people can learn from and understand each other no matter their circumstances in the real world. Virtual reality technology has the potential to transform education.
People learn better by doing, yes, but they learn even more important lessons by interacting with each other. By allowing people to interact with each other from across the world in a natural and fun way, virtual reality has the potential to truly make the world a better place.
Article by: Busayo Tomoh