Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

Today, we can’t imagine education without innovative technologies that make the learning and teaching process easier. Augmented reality is a growing field of technology where reality is modified and enhanced by sights and sounds generated by a computer. AR makes the existing reality more meaningful because it allows to interact with it. Augmented reality has a great potential to be used in the classroom because it changes the way students interact with the real world, enhances student engagement, and makes the learning of their subject's contents more fun. When incorporated into education, AR motivates students to explore and, in this way, learn. It expands student’s horizons and fosters their creativity and imagination.

Reasons to use Augmented Reality:

1) Affordable learning materials: Posters, digital illustrations, physical models, prototypes are very expensive and it’s impossible for schools to find enough money to purchase all the supplementary materials they would like to. Using AR technology allows to avoid investments in the physical materials. Besides, students can get access to learning materials and interact with them anytime.

2) Interactive lessons: When AR technology is used in classrooms, students can view models on their own smartphones and get a better idea of the concepts they are studying. That increases engagements and reinforces the learning.

3) Amazing presentations: When teachers integrate augmented reality into their lectures, they attract the attention of their students and make lessons more effective. When students are interested, it is much easier to make them work more productively.

4) Higher retention: Using AR app, students can get access to augmented models that represent any real objects from a famous monument or work of art to a molecule. Besides, students can get access to a website with specific information. When learning with AR technology, students use different senses and retain more knowledge for long a time.