November 11, 2017
The days where children sat in class and repeated everything a teacher said are over. Learners learn things by doing them on their own. By giving them an understanding of the use of Augmented Reality in education, they have the opportunity to create AR content in school thus learning even more about the technical aspects thereof. The result of this hands-on approach is a 75% increase in retention rate. It ultimately allows them to further explore a given topic and to remember what they have learned during the lessons.
The use of Augmented Reality in Education could be a visual aid to support lessons and activities
AR works incredibly well when used as a visual aid during lessons. It brings the information off the paper and allows the subject matter to come to life. It allows students to make sense of difficult subjects and they can have a better grasp of what they are learning. Many AR apps can be used to supplement subjects like math, history, and science. The BBC Secrets of the Human Body allows students to explore 3D images of the internal organs, Apple’s Froggipedia teaches students about the lifecycle of a frog, and WWF’s Free Rivers apps allow students to learn more about the importance of rivers.
Even though technology has become vital in classrooms, not all classrooms are using it. The importance of AR in an educational setting cannot be stressed enough. The children of the 21st Century are visual learners and with these apps, they are not only finding learning easier, but they also get to explore AR functions like applications of media, the process of creation and development, and presentation skills. Equipping learners with a digital skillset is something that schools need to employ to send techno-literate adults into the digital world.