Augmented Reality is reaching very diverse sectors such as healthcare, industry or marketing, to improve patient care, manufacturing processes or provide a differential value to brand communication. Education is another area that has already been added to the use of this technology, thanks to which it is being reinvented. Books, notes, maps and classrooms have long been sharing space with multimedia platforms, interactive devices such as digital whiteboards or innovative Apps that aim to improve learning. The schools that adopt this technology for training (known as Edtech), do so with the aim that teachers have at their disposal tools that allow them to take advantage of resources and enrich the learning of their students, providing them with technological skills that will be necessary in their future.
There is no doubt that the traditional educational model in which the teacher explained theoretical concepts without any digital support and the students listened for hours without ceasing to pay attention, has become obsolete. The best way for students to take an interest in what they are studying is to participate in it. How? Using technologies such as Augmented Reality that allow them to see theory in action rather than being forced to read it. In this article we will explore how RA is revolutionizing education.
BENEFITS AND EXAMPLES OF THE AR IN EDUCATION
Augmented Reality in learning can be used for many things but the clearest objective pursued when deciding to bet on this innovative tool is to help students to acquire, assimilate and better remember the information received in the classroom. As well as making the learning process more entertaining and attractive for students, since Augmented Reality converts simple information into interactive and gamma content. It is important to emphasize that we do not refer only to young people or the smallest, as it can be used by people of all ages, even for training that takes place on the job.
Recently, Time magazine has published an experience of AR to understand the situation of the Amazon jungle, under the name “Inside The Amazon: The dying forest”. The application aims to bring citizens closer to the effects that are having the fires that are occurring in the world’s largest jungle and is available for iOs and Android.
As we can see, using this technology doesn’t require a large investment in hardware, unlike Virtual or Mixed Reality in which it is necessary to have intelligent glasses. With a simple mobile device or tablet users can access AR applications.
Also, students through Augmented Reality can learn anywhere, doesn’t have to be just in the classroom. With the application of AR they have the possibility to be trained at a distance in an efficient way.
Another example of the use of this technology is “Atlantis Aquarium”, the first interactive aquarium in Europe, located in the Intu Madrid Xanadú Shopping Centre, which seeks to raise awareness and educate citizens about sustainability through AR technology. In this case, Augmented Reality serves to bring the marine world closer to younger generations. At the same time that they know different animals, they have to pass a series of tests related to sustainable habits.