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  • Augmented reality overlays digital imagery on top of the physical world, creating an immersive new experience for users.
  • Encourages greater involvement and understanding of the content by students.
  • Can result in high-quality education becoming available to more people at reduced costs.

The use of augmented reality (AR) in education has grown in recent years. It’s a relatively new technology often used in industries such as gaming and marketing. As AR continues to grow in popularity, both students and teachers are finding more and more applications of the technology for educational purposes. AR provides a slew of benefits for learners and educational institutions, and could completely revolutionize the way people learn in the future.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality, or AR, is the integration of digital information with the physical world. The technology overlays digital imagery on top of the physical world, giving users the ability to experience almost anything imaginable. This technology allows us to "see" information that would otherwise be impossible or difficult to access, such as 3D models and molecular structures. Users can interact with the digital images, thus creating a more immersive experience.

How AR Can Be Used in Education

The key to learning with AR is creating an immersive experience for the learner, which helps them engage with their surroundings and maximize their understanding of content. For students who are visual learners, it can be difficult to learn by reading a text or listening to a lecture. Young children can be challenging to teach due to their shorter attention spans. In this sense, using AR in education can be seen as more captivating than traditional methods.

Augmented reality can be used during lessons to not only provide students with a visual representation of the topic at hand, but allow them to lead self-guided demonstrations. For example, instead of drawing atomic models during chemistry, students can conjure a 3D model of an atom and interact with it. They can even move around the individual protons and electrons to learn how these changes affect the molecule.

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The augmented reality approach to teaching not only provides students with an interactive and visually stimulating way to learn, but also increases retention and comprehension because learners are able to see and touch what they're learning about.

The Future of Education With AR

Augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize education. With the advent of AR, students can see, explore, and interact with their surroundings in a way that wasn't possible before. Students can embark on virtual field trips and experience glimpses of popular locations around the world without leaving the classroom.

As technology continues to improve and the world becomes more digital, we are seeing more industries shift their focus towards online operations, and education is no exception. AR could be used to provide high quality, immersive educational experiences for individuals in disadvantaged areas around the globe.

The use of AR can also significantly reduce costs for educational institutions. Expensive instructional resources will see less demand and prices will drop, if the resources themself don’t become obsolete. On top of this, there will be less need for physical materials such as paper and various plastics, thus providing a benefit to the environment.

Conclusion

Augmented reality overlays digital imagery on top of the physical world, creating an immersive new experience for users. It can be used to encourage students to engage with their surroundings, allowing for greater involvement and understanding of the content. Increased use of AR by educational institutions can result in reduced costs and high-quality education being made accessible to individuals around the world. While the future is promising, AR is still in its infancy and only time will tell the extent to which it will impact our children’s education system.