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Augmented Reality in Education: Benefits and Tools to Work With

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It is no longer news that traditional teaching methods are facing some resistance from students. As a result, many educational institutions are realizing the need to implement changes in the way they teach, following the “new” profile of their students, the digital natives.

Furthermore, technology has introduced significant structural changes in the teaching-learning process. These changes are essential to obtain significant improvements in the performance of students and teachers.

Thus, educational institutions have found in Blended Learning a way to make teaching active, uniting elements such as People + Space (resources) + Technology, transforming the result of this union into a way of genuinely involving students in the learning process and promoting active content association.

Among the innovations in the educational scenario is AUGMENTED REALITY, which has been opening doors to a new way of teaching and learning. And, therefore, your institution must adapt!

In this article, we will share some important points about augmented reality in education. Our goal is to help you prepare for this scenario as soon as possible!

What Is Augmented Reality and What Is Its Application in The Educational Scenario?

In short, augmented reality is virtual elements or information that allows us to “see” the real-life environment right in front of us with a superimposed digital augmentation.

A practical and very popular example of augmented technology is the Pokémon Go mobile app that was launched in 2016 and quickly became a sensation. In the game, users locate and capture Pokémon characters that appear in the real world – on your sidewalk, on your table, even in your bathroom.

When applied in the classroom, augmented reality can be extraordinary and interactive, as it allows teachers to show virtual examples of concepts and add game elements to support teaching material. This allows students to learn faster and memorize information more easily.

Furthermore, it helps the student to easily acquire, process, and remember information. Not to mention that all of this makes learning more “tangible”, engaging, and fun.

Augmented reality has its own “magic” and most of the time, it changes the way we interact with mobile apps and absorb other graphical visual experiences, bringing them to life.

Another important aspect is the fact that it includes 25% digital reality and 75% existing reality. In other words, augmented reality unites the virtual and the real world.

Benefits of Augmented Reality in Education

Like other technologies, augmented reality is already having a significant impact on the educational scenario. In short, it assists with classes by creating immersive, collective, and shared learning experiences.

Furthermore, it breaks down classroom barriers, overcoming issues such as distance (promoting synchronous and asynchronous classes), lack of physical resources, and lack of contextualization.

Some of the main benefits arising from augmented reality are:

  • Attractive and effective learning;

  • Easy access to learning materials anytime, anywhere;

  • Immersive experience;

  • Better understanding of complex and intangible concepts;

  • Union between theoretical and practical content;

  • Control over student interactions.

In short, these are just some of the advantages provided by augmented reality within the classroom. But we cannot fail to highlight the advantages for the institution as a whole.

We know that the incorporation of resources and innovations makes the educational institution come out ahead and stand out in a market as competitive as the educational one. Therefore, among the advantages of adopting augmented reality in the institution is the competitive advantage provided by a good technological structure. As a consequence, all teaching is enriched, increasing performance rates and teaching quality, which, in themselves, already provide excellent advertising for the institution.

Tools to Work with Augmented Reality Inside and Outside the Classroom

Augmented reality allows teachers to complement theory with virtual examples and add game elements to enrich the experience and complement teaching material.

Here are some tools that provide an attractive immersion and can be used inside and outside the classroom:

1. Arloon Geometry

This application offers students the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of geometry. With 3D models, it has dozens of geometric shapes.

By interacting directly with the figures, students will have a more detailed view of the geometric spatial form, making the entire learning process much more associative.

2. Google Earth 3D

An example of an augmented reality tool that can be used in the classroom is Google Earth 3D, which provides global coverage of the planet, allowing the visualization of different places, shapes, and cultures. Get to know.

3. Gather

Gather is a 2D platform that allows the user to create a personalized avatar. The tool has a video calling feature that allows meetings and screen sharing.

As it is a game environment, this tool can be an excellent way to promote the integration of remote learning students and encourage those who are more shy.

4. Stellarium Mobile – Star Map

Stellarium Mobile is one of the most complete and detailed star map apps. With it, you can access a complete planetary map just by pointing your cell phone at the sky.

Identify, in real-time, stars, constellations, planets, comets, satellites, and other objects in the sky in just a few seconds and with a few clicks!

5. Human Anatomy Atlas 2023

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Human Anatomy Atlas is an excellent app and one of the best tools for learning human anatomy.

It features 3D models and simulations of human anatomy. The entire experience is very realistic and provides a detailed view of the teaching content.

Final Considerations

I hope this content was useful to you! If you like it, be sure to share it with your team so that you can grow together in the same direction.

Additionally, know that we are committed to the success of your company. So, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments or contact us!

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