VR and AR to Revolutionize Education
VR and AR can revolutionize the classroom. Click here to learn more about mixed reality in schools and how it can enhance the overall learning experience.
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VR and AR capabilities are unlimited, and the growth of VR/AR popularity is really remarkable. Did you know it is expected that the total income from augmented and virtual reality will reach $209.2 billion by 2022? Many fields of activity already make use of mixed reality, and the education field is no exception.
What benefits are possible in education through AR and VR technology? It is time to find out it.
VR and AR in Education: Why it Needs Mixed Reality
Despite the fact that virtual and augmented reality are not so widespread, that is likely to change due to the fact that mixed reality holds great potential for education.
In fact, there are a lot of benefits to the usage of AR and VR in education, and there are many forms of application. Today, many software development companies are ready to offer you skilled developers that can create VR and AR apps.
AR as a Troubleshooter
Today, AR can be used for learning, and it is a more reliable approach to the learning process. Thus, using AR and VR, students can perceive information in a better way, have more interest in subjects, and so on.
Augmented reality shows its large practicality, unlike virtual reality, since AR doesn’t require the availability of complex equipment. To use AR, you just need to have a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. How can AR help teach your children better? Let's take a look.
Paper Textbooks Are of the Past
Although paper textbooks can show many interesting pictures and stories, generally, they are boring and students don’t like them. But, we cannot say the same about AR. Apps with augmented reality give more immersive experience and children learn something through a gaming process. It is much more interesting, and the information is perceived better.
No Costly Equipment
We speak not only about digital hardware, like VR helmets, but also about stands and whiteboards, projectors, and so on. And when students use mobile devices, they even don’t need an Internet connection for learning. This is another great benefit.
AR-based apps for education can also help students study the information more thoroughly, regardless of what subject it is — whether it be history, math, chemistry, or geography. Everything becomes more interesting for students.
However, we cannot ignore VR, as well, with the availability of special glasses or helmet, it will be possible to completely revolutionize the way children learn.
Benefits of VR and AR in Education
Listing the benefits of VR and AR, we can single out a few of the main advantages:
Image: advantages of mixed reality
This benefit is more appropriate for children that acquire information visually. Using VR helmets, it can simplify the learning process and help children remember everything faster.
Need for Learning
I bet your school years weren’t the happiest time of your life. Of course, you probably had favorite lessons that you comprehended with pleasure, but anyway, they couldn’t be compared to lessons nowadays that can provide a real digital experience. Using VR and AR, pupils want to learn, they need it, they strive for getting more knowledge.
Students can do everything they want in a virtual environment, including different physical exercises, fly over new cities, assemble planes, etc. — and everything is completely safe since a virtual environment can't harm an individual.
Students can focus on a new material and not look aside. Moreover, desk neighbors won’t disturb each other since they will be involved in the process of learning. Their attention will be focused on the learning process only.
If the task requires teamwork, students can unite together in a virtual environment and perform the necessary tasks. It will help them build friendly relationships and show how important harmonious teamwork can be.
AR and VR: a Solid Base for Educational Improvements
So, what are the key aspects of AR and VR that revolutionize the education process? A few of them are as follows:
Old-School Lesson Versus a New Experience
It is unlikely that you will find kids and young people that don’t use mobile devices at all. They use social media, play mobile games, chat with each other, and so on. Everything is performed via digital devices. That is why if you cannot make them quit using such devices. You should make them benefit from it. To educate children, it is better to combine useful knowledge and digital technologies that provide students with an interactive, engaging experience. That is why the old-school approach to teaching should become history. Learning through playing and interacting with learning material is much more captivating learning experience for students.
Prices Are Reduced Gradually
Even a few years ago, the cost of VR devices or good mobile devices was really high and not affordable for many people. Today, prices have become more affordable, so more and more educational establishments can buy VR helmets for students. As for the AR experience, the majority of children already participated in first-rate mobile devices that they can use during classes.
The theory is good, but a combination of practice and theory is better. Apart from simple learning, students can practice simultaneously, and AR/VR facilitates a deeper, improved educational process.
As you can see, augmented reality and virtual reality have an exciting future. The education field can benefit from these technologies.
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