Is Augmented Reality the future of education?

Augmented reality is here to stay and there are endless ways of incorporating AR into daily life.
Over 20 years ago we would watch films like Robocop featuring futuristic head mounted display units, projecting superimposed graphics and text and think it was amazing. But interactivity isn’t just for Hollywood now. These days, real-world AR technology has that level of sophistication.

AR apps can mix graphic elements (3D, Video, text, etc.) with live video footage to create a unique user experience. And with the advancement of products like Google Glass, the digital visor is now almost a reality!

So how else can we use Augmented Reality?

Now personal computing has become more efficient and even more accessible with the invention of products like smartphones and tablet computers, the iPad in particular is proving to be useful in many ways. The intuitive interface of the iPad has made them easy for children to use, so it should be no surprise that teachers have now embraced the use of iPads in education.

The iPad in the classroom brings education to life. Children have endless access to valuable information such as the dictionary, thesaurus, and textbooks which previously were only available in print. Not only does the digital format mean that material is now constantly up to date, easily carried around and accessed, but the interactive technology makes learning more engaging and memorable. Great news for teachers everywhere! Tools such as audio and video recorders can change the way that learning takes place and homework is completed.

How can we use AR to help children learn?

There are a few examples of apps which have been developed for educational technology including:

Fetch! Lunch Rush! This app is a great use of augmented reality to make mathematics fun for young students. This free iPhone/iPad app was developed with the purpose of getting kids moving about a room in search of numbers. Students read the arithmetic problem on the app then search out the correct answer. When they think they have found the right number they scan it with their iPhones or iPads to find out if they are correct or not.

Star & Planet Finder The free version of this app enables you to locate the planets and stars in the night sky through your iPhone or iPad. To use the app, choose the planet or constellation you want to find from the list provided. Star & Planet Finder will then give you the directions to move your iPhone or iPad until you can see the planet that you’re looking for through the camera display. With the paid version of the app you can add lists of constellations, lists of satellites, and lists of brightest stars to the app.

Though the digital world might be crucial for future generations as they grow up, they should never forget that the importance of the real world. Maintaining a balance between both would be a wise message to teach for our kids, which luckily is easier than ever with augmented reality.

If you’re looking to develop an educational app contact Appearition to talk about an augmented reality solution.

 

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