VR in Education
The education industry continues to evolve with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. These technologies are playing a vital role in improving the level of education. Hence, with time, it is embraced by students and teachers. This is an immersive storytelling technology focus on training teachers and other instructors too. VR and AR in education field is ideal for teaching students with best features, where students can go beyond the walls of the classroom. Virtual Reality training is already using social and entertainment settings to enhance the experience. Its services in education help in gathering feedback and status of the students engaged with VR headsets.
The education system needs these new technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in order to evolve and be effective at achieving its mission.
AR and VR applications can be developed and created for educational purposes to be used in classrooms and outside of classrooms for self-education.
These technologies can make education more fun and interesting. Using VR and AR in classrooms can catch student’s attention in much bigger and faster way then traditional tools for learning.
Augmented Reality can let students learn while using their smartphones through different applications and visual 3D models that can easily keep them engaged and motivate them to stay focus.
AR connects reality and digital content which opens more options for teachers and students in teaching and learning in or outside of the classrooms, which leads to better communication.
Students can practice hands-on experience through interaction and perform virtual practices instead of being listeners and passive observers while obtaining theoretical knowledge.
When using Augmented Reality in education, it can be divided in to three categories :
AR applications that are developed for students, applications that are developed for kids, and the third that is developed for self-education purposes.
Augmented reality applications for students are developed according to the subject that they are taking lessons in and their objectives.
Chemistry students can use (Android / iOS) applications such as Elements 4D to combine different elements to see how they react in real life.
Medical students can use applications to learn human anatomy. They scan printed targets that are placed on cards using their smartphones, and the application would show 3D models of different human body parts and it even lets them interact with it.
Other AR applications used for students can be for students who lack motivation or concentration in classroom that can easily be improved with 360 degree virtual photos and 3D visual models.
AR applications that are developed for kids usually up to 3rd grade are connected to a camera or a computer and have printed cards with targets on them. Kids use it under teacher’s supervision and it can be about any topic that they are learning at the time. AR applications can help kids learn about alphabet while using AR flash cards, or animal species and their habitats while using animated 3D models and many info-graphics.
Augmented Reality applications for self-education is popular especially when learning a foreign language. It can be used in Google translate just by clicking on AR mode and instantly get familiar with the unknown word without using any dictionary.
There are many already existing application that are used to learn about solar system, galaxy, stars and much more.
Virtual Reality is another technology which has great affect in learning and education. VR increases students interest, improves teacher’s communication, and makes learning easy and fun.
VR improves the interaction between teacher and students and helps students expand their imagination while using different VR games that are specifically developed to aid learning purposes.
VR education increases knowledge area while students being active rather than passive observers. Students have no distractions while study, because Virtual Reality places them in virtual world environment where they are interacting with 3D world inside the experience.
Virtual Reality helps students understand complex subjects and theories and boosts their creativity. This new technology, if implemented in schools, would make learning more meaningful and fun which would let students absorb information much better and faster through 3D enviroment.
According to how human brain works, Virtual Realiy is one of the most effective ways that will let a student remember through stimulation. The fact is that human brain remembers 10% of what it reads, 20% of what it hears and amazingly 90% of what it experiences and simulation.
There are various practical uses of Virtual Reality in education that can contribute to great evolution in teaching and learning approaches, which helps educational system stay relevant in the ever-changing world.
Virtual field trips are one of the popular applications of VR technology for learning. VR can transport students from the classroom seat to faraway and to physically unreachable destinations of the world.
Teachers can take students on Virtual field trips from zoos, parks, different attraction to Pyramids of Giza, Great Wall of Chine or even to outer of space and the deep sea.
Teachers can be creative with the VR content since the VR game development can be done to apply any subject and theme desired to be taught.
VR technology is also one the best solutions for students with physical disabilities to explore the world and get educated through simulation and different VR games.
VR training is also popular in VR education, such as training medical students and personnel. This can help students have a better understanding of complex subjects through practical tasks and experience in any kinds of training.
Virtual Reality can help students in developing speaking skills through different VR games and VR videos. High-Quality VR experiences help stimulate speaking and listening in children at young age, from communicating basic needs to creative storytelling. Virtual Reality 3D environment is one of the best way to learn vocabulary and sentence structure through real-world experiences.The visualization helps student understand and remember along with being more interesting and fun.
Virtual Reality applications can remove the language barriers for international students and allow study materials to be in any foreign language which is often the problem in many international schools.
VR can even improve appraising system in schools through bringing gamification aspects into learning and providing positive immediate rewarding instead of the traditional pointing out failures and mistakes that impacts students’ future performances.
Virtual Reality is also a great solution for distance learning for online students. Some schools have already started offering programms delivered entirely through VR, where students are able to enjoy lectures using VR applications and having virtual online chat. They can project themselves in their virtual online chat space and interact with other students and lectures.
Some schools in Dubai have started implementing VR in their educational systems and are being positively impacted by it.
They have been able to use it for special education needs department , for students who have learning difficulties to have a better understanding of the lesson through Virtual Reality experience.
VR Dubai companies such as GameIN, are continuously trying to spread the awareness between educators about the power of Virtual Reality in education. There is not a sector that cannot be enhanced with the use of Virtual Reality. It is driving toward the advancement of learning and teaching and is imposing itself as the future of education.