For all the effort that has been put in making what we are today, we want to give back something to all teachers around the world. On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, what’s better than aiding them to teach their classes using the latest technology. So, here we present to all the teachers and educators, eight ways in which you can use augmented reality to transform your classroom and producing a generation of students who are more evolved thanks to technology.Remember, The Magic School Bus, a TV series first time aired in September 1990s, showcased a magic school bus that would take students to a tour inside a human body to teach them biology, to space to teach them about solar system, and to many more places. The idea of learning by experiencing different aspects of life in real time-space was prevalent since long, but augmented reality is making it possible in 2018.
It is easier now than ever before to use technology in education. With increasing use of devices such as Kindle, Virtual Reality Headsets, Augmented Reality glasses, and more, changing the way educators teach is just an app download away. Gone are the days when only printed syllabus was enough to form the whole course curriculum. Using documentaries, online videos, articles, and web games are mainstream too. What’s new is to give an experience to students where they can tangibly interact with the course contents.
Through Augmented Reality, it is possible to augment or add virtual 3D characters/objects in your real space and time and experience them as if they were literally present in front of you. Be it seeing Gandhi walking for the Dandi March in your classroom, augmenting a finished drawing on your blank canvas to help you draw, or playing piano when the corresponding keys light up one after the other to guide a student to play a song, augmented reality makes it easy to teach any subject.
Here is how you can use augmented reality to teach any subject.
Do your students get confused about which country bombed Japan and during which world war because they are least interested in History? Do you want to make it easier for them to remember facts so they can focus on analysing the historical events? Well, it is time to offer them something fun, visual, and engaging. Declare an Augmented Reality movie hour because 2D documentaries are not enough. Instead of just narrating stories from the Victorian era, let them walk along the roads of some of the famous cities of England to experience the most important moments of the era. Check out how England’s Historic Cities helps to explore heritage sites with the help of historical figures who act as virtual guides.
Bohr's model will not bore your students when they will learn Chemistry with the help of Augmented Reality apps like Happy Atoms. Happy Atoms is a ‘molecular set for the 21st century’. Students use 3D models of atoms to create molecules. On scanning any molecule through the Happy Atoms app, they can learn more about it as the information is augmented over the real 3D model of the molecule.
It is debatable whether illustrations should supplement a book to give the readers a better visual picture of a scene, place or a character. But if you want to add visual information to your students’ imagination, try augmented reality books. Between Worlds is an augmented reality book which presents augmented illustrations over the book when scanned through its app. 3D characters standing on a page can move on the page and act according to a scene from the book. Check it out here.
- Arts and Craft
Picassos of tomorrow are made in your classrooms. These kids will be better than us at drawing and painting, all due to innovative technologies like mixed reality and augmented reality. Disney Research Hub came up with augmented reality coloring book which lets students doodle over the augmented character on a page. Now even a beginner can draw a tougher-looking cartoon on a paper, see how.
Is it time consuming to check your students’ test papers? Well, an augmented reality app is here to help. Just scan a question and its response from your phone and the app will tell you whether the answer is correct. A tick mark for a correct response or a cross mark for a wrong response would be augmented over the test paper to make your task easy.
With no piano, and just a paper, you can teach your students how to play a tune on a piano. Yes, this can be done just with the help of a piano printed on a paper and an augmented reality app. On scanning the piano on paper, a piano would be augmented over the paper. Students can touch any button on the paper piano and that button would get highlighted on the app. The highlighted button’s corresponding note is played on the app, allowing the students to play any tune they want to. The paper piano app can also instruct users to play any particular tune. Check it out here.
See your students perform an autopsy without even cutting a physical body. On an interactive table, they can move a virtual body and look at it from any angle. They can also look through layers, zoom out, enlarge, or cut any body parts. Moreover, Augmented Reality glasses allow them to see a 3D skeleton standing in front of them too. Learning medicine and biology will be easier but you’ll have to take care that these augmented characters don’t scare away your students. Good luck handling them!
If the future is now and good students make for the best teachers, then Augmented reality will certainly add more value in your and your students lives. With such a teaching toolkit and with such interactive, engaging course material, no student is going to doze off during your teaching period. Try any of these augmented reality applications and let us know how it went. Happy learning, happy teaching!