Although we are not quite at the stage where teachers can click a switch and hologram versions of dinosaurs, or Earth can appear in the middle of the classroom just yet. ( one day maybe) We are at the stage where we can put them in the classroom through a screen. Virtual, Reality, Mixed Reality and Augmented Reality all hold exciting, but as yet unrealised, prospects for education.
Some inventive ideas on how to use Augmented reality in a primary classroom. from AR walls to reading lessons. Adding a little something to help students visualise and interact in lessons really helps them retain the knowledge. With AR it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
I know we call it STEM education now, or STEAM if the Art department get sniffy about it, but really in the opinion of this long in the tooth teacher most of these activities have been around for years. I teach in English in a Primary school in Hong Kong, and i have used these lessons to both spice up my lessons and to show the value and real world applications of my subject. When students can see a purpose for the subject they are learning their engagement and motivation will skyrocket. (not unlike the balloon rocket experiment on my site!)
The Oculus Rifts and Quests baby brother holds it head way above what came before it, and showcases VR in a more affordable all in one package. Does this make is more accessible to schools and classrooms?