Augmented Reality is Adding a New Dimension to Learning

Mr. Maninder Singh Bajwa, CEO and Founder, iScuela writes for SMEStreet on contemporary trends in digital education and how Augumented reality is influencing the game.

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Maninder Singh Bajwa, CEO and Founder, iScuela

The world has reached the zenith of the Information Era, dubbed the Digital Age. Technology is progressing at such a breakneck pace that many concepts still appear to be science fiction. Cars are essentially driving themselves on the roadways. Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are advancing in unexpected areas, such as in agriculture, law enforcement, and filmmaking. Landline phones have long been phased out of the workplace, replaced with sleek wireless headsets and social communication channels.


Many businesses will profit from Augmented Reality in 2022, as technological breakthroughs begin to make an impact in education. Within this paradigm, augmented reality, a type of virtual reality, will become increasingly essential. Augmented reality (AR) is a method of layering digital information on top of the physical world, which users can view via smart devices such as iPhones or Android phones. People can use augmented reality to add digital content to printed materials, objects, and physical locations, such as a website link, an animation, or a 3D model. 


Augmented reality opens up a hitherto uncharted educational territory. The potential is still a little uncertain as AR technology develops at a breakneck pace. Kids and teachers can use AR to broaden and open the daily world, dive deeper, and engage students in new and intriguing ways. Connecting augmented reality apps to material can result in mind-blowing learning experiences and limitless learning opportunities. This newly discovered kind of data is both strong and underutilized. 3D models are effective tools that will help AR progress. 


AR for Education

Education should not only consist of watching and listening; it should also include creating and interacting. In a world when teaching and learning in 3D is no longer sufficient, augmented reality (AR) adds a significant digital layer to education. Although it is still in its early stages, innovative educators have begun to use augmented reality in the classroom. The following notions are ground-breaking augmented reality concepts. They have a lot of potential in the future.


Urban Exploration

Students visiting a new neighborhood or visiting a new city can forgo the Fodor's guide and instead download an augmented reality app that will show them what's around and where they should go. You may filter by category in these augmented reality apps to locate exactly what you're searching for, whether it's a coffee shop, restaurant, or museum. You won't have to worry about getting turned around by the map because the AR software adapts to the direction you're facing, rather than just indicating that you should head northeast.


Textbooks turning into “Flexbooks”

While textbooks are already undergoing a digital transformation, a new era of textbooks is on the horizon. Students will be involved in the production and construction of their own learning materials in the future. Heavy, expensive, and quickly out-of-date textbooks are being replaced by inexpensive, easily updated, interactive digital "flexbooks." Teachers and students are frequently the authors of digital texts. Students and teachers all across the world are becoming the source of more and more open-source content as a result of project-based learning.


Documentaries that are interactive

Documentaries are frequently shown in schools to kids as a way to break up monotonous tasks and routines. When educational films are played in classrooms, however, they are frequently ignored by students and do not generate the same level of engagement as other hands-on teaching methods.


AR is an excellent interface for this since it can swiftly bounce between a variety of material, including informative schematics, captivating images, and interactive maps. Many firms are already capitalizing on this trend by incorporating augmented reality into their exhibits and apps. Students can use augmented reality (AR) within these apps to explore the world's most remote areas. They are able to travel to locations they would not otherwise be able to visit.


Summing Up

The use of augmented reality in education creates an environment in which students take charge of their own learning through active engagement with both real and virtual environments. In comparison to virtual reality, AR offers more affordable options because it requires no additional hardware other than your smartphone. AR combines the virtual and real worlds, allowing for more engaging gamified learning experiences. It's also a powerful tool for helping people learn new skills or improve their existing ones, especially in industries where practical knowledge is required, such as manufacturing and assembling. 

Learner engagement in e-learning could be redefined by augmented reality. By combining digital learning materials with the real world, it creates a groundbreaking canvas. It creates a setting in which students are in charge of their own learning through active engagement with both real and virtual environments. AR is changing the way we learn, making learning more enjoyable and rewarding.

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