What it is: Augmented and virtual reality offers a way to make education more interesting.
Most people have heard about augmented reality through Pokemon GO, but there’s more to augmented reality than just playing games. Besides training applications, augmented reality offers the chance to provide education to kids. With the declining cost of augmented reality, schools will one day be able to offer virtual field trips that would allow children to explore without physically traveling any where.
According to Forbes, “Goldman Sachs estimates that roughly $700 million will be invested in AR/VR applications in education by 2025, on simulations for everything from forklift operations to architecture to invasive surgery. Gartner projects that 60 percent of all higher education institutions in America will be using virtual reality in the classroom by 2021.”
Education is rapidly changing with technology. No longer is it enough to have a few PCs in the classroom. With every kid carrying a smartphone around, it’s easy for children to access data through screens and read a smartphone or tablet screen instead of a textbook that goes out of date rapidly. With augmented reality, kids can learn about history and art by seeing actual images through augmented reality. One huge problem with math is that it’s so abstract that most kids don’t care about it, so helping kids visualize how math could help them measure angles, distances, and heights through augmented reality might make geometry more interesting and relevant.
The possibilities are limited only by imagination. As technical limitations fall away, augmented reality will become a common educational tool much like a computer, whiteboard, or textbook. Just as PCs were often used more for gaming than for business or education, so will augmented reality be used more for gaming than practical purposes.
yet that doesn’t mean augmented reality won’t also be useful for business and education. The smartphone will become the gateway to augmented reality until smart glasses one day appear. Until then, every kid already has a smartphone that can be turned into an augmented reality viewer so the final step is just getting schools to adopt augmented reality as a common teaching tool.