More and more teachers are inviting educational technology into the classroom to help enhance learning materials. Many are experimenting with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, in which students get to use their own mobile devices to participate in classroom activities. A happy result of this is that augmented reality is also a possible teaching and learning tool.
While educational resources and tools are a vital part of a collaborative classroom learning environment, teachers don’t necessarily have to confine their use to a school setting. To maximize its effectiveness, why not send technology home with the students to support further and deeper learning after school? Augmented reality not only makes use of mobile devices in the classroom, but can serve as an effective link between teachers and parents.
Here are some suggestions for effective AR use at home:
AR may still regarded as a relatively new technology in the educational industry, and may be unfamiliar to parents, but it is engaging for learners of all ages, and with the right tools, easy to use. This presents a good opportunity for students to bring home what they’ve learned in class and show off what they can do with AR on their mobile devices. Parents can involve themselves more in their children’s education, and can also provide any feedback or even new ideas for teachers to use in class.
Parents may not have the subject matter expertise to help their children with their homework, but teachers can still help with the use of AR. If a student is stuck on a particular question or reading, teachers can place a QR code within content and, when scanned by the student’s mobile device, a video, text or additional resources offering assistance can pop-up on the device.
Why should learning with AR or any other ed tech tools end with basic curriculum? Using it can encourage students to participate in bonus activities by creating assignments that engage them to explore with AR at home and their surroundings. This way, students are motivated to go beyond what is covered in the classroom, and a diverse group of learners can be better accommodated and challenged.
AR as an educational tool can be an exciting and enriching addition to students’ learning experiences. It’s a dynamic and engaging technology that offers opportunities to learn in different ways, both inside and outside of the classroom. If educators support bringing AR at home—and involve parents in the process—students can be more motivated to engage in both independent and collaborative learning.
Amy Leask is VP of Enable Education and Communications Manager for Infinite Octopus.
Manny Ponce is a communications team member at both Enable Education and Infinite Octopus.