Augmented reality for Indian classrooms

Augmented Reality
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Education is what makes the world go around. For many Indians, it is a way out of poverty. For a good number of them, it is the path to riches. Yet, it is considered a burden to carry on by many students. What if technology can change the name of the game?

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is nothing but the application of digital technology layer over the user’s physical world. For instance, a snapshot of live traffic details on a map changes the way we use the map by making it a more contextual experience. Or take the case of an interior designer who can demonstrate how your living spaces would look by changing the wall colour or art placement by projecting AR technology onto your living room imagery. By engaging all your senses, it changes the way you relate to your surroundings.

How does Augmented Reality change education?

Education too, is ripe for creating augmented experiences as it puts the students on a shorter learning curve. Moreover, students who have grown on the internet and other digital technologies would appreciate a more fun and engaging kind of education. For instance, they are likely to enjoy reading augmented books which combine lively and informative digital content with static content.

Let’s look at the advantages of using AR in education according to franchiseindia:

Increased participation in classes: Students who are more motivated to learn are more likely to have a higher attendance and show greater participation in an ongoing class. A fun and engaging AR based lecture is going to feel like a breath of fresh air and would motivate a bigger share of students.

Defies time boundation: Imagine a classroom full of students who have instant access to a bygone era like the Mughal era or to a futuristic situation where robots using artificial intelligence treat patients instead of doctors. Their learning is going to be a more tactile experience, something they will retain for a longer time.

Increased sensory development in younger children: Every experience has the potential to shape the mind of young children. Technology has the power to rewire the brain : Augmented Reality is going to engage all their senses and lead to sensory development.

Enhances recall due to engagement: To quote a Chinese proverb, “Tell me, I’ll forget;
Show me, I’ll remember; Involve me, I’ll understand.” Students are more likely to be involved when their learning experience is engaging. This imprints the knowledge on their fertile minds like nothing else and enhances recall.

What’s the way forward for Augmented Reality in education?

Right now, the internet penetration in India is hovering around 30 per cent. As it penetrates rural India, it will carry Augmented Reality on its wings which can touch the lives of more students. Technology alone has the power of level playing a field while being a force multiplier. It would be interesting to see it do that.