Augmented Reality is something that has really taken off in the educational world as of late. There have been many who have tried to define exactly what Augmented Reality (AR) is. Is it just a fancy QR code? Can it really transform your student’s learning? What in the heck is AR? Our hope with this week’s article is to really give you a clear view of what exactly the term Augmented Reality means.
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There are two ways I like to describe the magical experience of augmented reality to someone new. Picture yourself walking through the halls of Hogwarts. The pictures hanging on the walls of Hogwarts are not your normal, static pictures but are alive and interactive with the students. Another example to think about it The Night at the Museum. During the day the exhibits are your normal exhibits, but at night they come to life. This is the power augmented reality brings to education. It brings the learning experience to life!
Recently, we sent out a survey asking other educators to define the term “Augmented Reality” and what exactly it means to them. Here are a few of the responses we received:
“Augmented Reality gives "life" to student work. It takes ordinary to extraordinary and super to super-sensational as student effort becomes a marvel!” - Diane Peterson (@dpe40317)
“I see AR as adding digital layers to the real world in order to connect information, thoughts and feelings across time.” Stephen Lethbridge (@stephen_tpk)
“Technology that allows you to have experiences that you cannot normally have” Terri Eichholz (@terrieichholz)
“Augemented reality provides experiential learning that is layAR-ed into-or on top of and when scanned like magic brings the image being scanned to life!” JoAnn Delaney (@JdelaneyJoAnn)
We’ve seen augmented reality used in many different settings from the supermarket, zoos, museums, schools and even NASA! Corporate America is also embracing the idea behind AR and the engaging experience it brings customers.
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