We have come a long way from using blackboards and chalks to teach at schools. Technology has improved several areas in the education sector, such as how teachers teach, the materials they use, and how they assess their students. Students can now learn over the internet without being in a physical class, something we were forced to do this last year. Nevertheless, there are still several ways the education sector can be improved to engage students better and increase the retention of what they learn at school.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality have shown how useful they can be in several industries, and the education industry isn’t left out. People learn better when they engage more of their senses while learning. Traditional classrooms engage only the eyes and ears most of the time. AR/VR brings a much more immersive learning experience to the classroom, making retention and recollection easier for students.
How Is AR/VR Used In Education Today?
There are several ways AR/VR is used in the education sector today. Below are just some of them.
Teaching Complex Topics
Some topics in science can be tough to teach and even harder to comprehend. Subjects like “human anatomy” become significantly easier to understand when taught with VR or AR. There are already several VR and AR applications out there for teaching kids about various science topics such as 3D Organon VR Anatomy, Elements 4D, and so on.
Virtual Field Trips
Schools try to complement what their students learn in their classrooms by taking them on field trips to see the things they learn in real life. Because of distant locations, cost, and safety concerns, some of these locations would be difficult to visit. With virtual field trips, all these problems cease to be.
All the kids have to do is put on a VR headset, and they are instantly ‘transported’ to the location their teachers have chosen. Platforms like Google Expeditions have a lot of AR and VR tours to pick from.
Medical Education And Training
Medical practitioners undergo a lot of training before they get certified to work on patients. This training is usually difficult, and one of the reasons for that is the limited way students have to study the human body. With AR and VR, medical students can now study the human body in detail.
They can virtually dissect the body, rotate it, zoom in for a closer look, and much more. Microsoft, with its mixed reality headset, the HoloLens (or HoloLens 2), is a major player in this area and has several projects and apps for medical students such as HoloAnatomy, HoloPatient, and HoloLens for Education.
Learning with AR or VR is a much better experience for students, especially young kids. Children learn faster when they can interact with what they are learning. They are more engaged and less distracted by the world around them. Also, as we mentioned earlier, AR and VR make it easier to understand complex concepts and topics through simulations and 3D diagrams.
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