The involvement of technology in our lives is quite integrated and with every passing day, new inventions are presenting possibilities for a brighter future. One such kind of technology is augmented and virtual reality providing limitless possibilities in every sector of the economy.
Thomas Caudell, a researcher working with Boeing gave the name to the head mounted gear used by electricians to wire complex electrical systems over 2 decades ago. Augmented reality was again used by the NFL in 1998.
Since then augmented reality has been slowly crawling its way into applications wherever digital content can be projected onto a user’s field of vision.
With quite a large amount of possible applications including fields like healthcare, energy, tourism, marketing and much more, there is one field it can help revolutionize completely, Education. Let us have a look at how augmented and virtual reality can be used to help people learn more effectively.
A major problem every student has while learning is understanding the concept. We know that if we are able to visualize a topic and how it works, we are able to remember and repeat it with much ease.
That’s where our conventional learning technique was deferred.
Teachers were limited to just a 2-dimensional blackboard while explaining concepts from our 3-dimensional world. What augmented reality and virtual reality bring to the forefront is the opportunity to teach and learn in the 3-dimensional domain.
With better visuals and more interactive content, students can learn any topic.
Be it a topic of chemistry like Nuclear Fusion or how to drive a car, augmented reality and virtual reality has made it possible without the risks.
During older times, creating something new or a project was actually quite time-consuming as coming up with a model for it is actually quite time-consuming. With the help of augmented and virtual reality, anyone can make a model for a new project in a much shorter period of time.
Unlike before when we had 2 halves of a day in a 5 day school week being spent in the labs, augmented and virtual reality can fill all of the 5 days with practical knowledge. Students can work on engines or on fire and let their imagination run wild without the side effects.
Thus, here we have seen some of the many aspects of how augmented reality can help us learn better.
But unlike Virtual reality wherein the user’s vision is blocked out to be submerged in a virtual world, augmented reality provides unparalleled flexibility when it comes to the possible applications it can be implemented in.
Be it a topic of periodic table or astrophysics, augmented reality can help us learn better. To get a first-hand experience of how technology integration is changing the way we learn, check out this YouTube video: