Getting started with AR in the classroom

eschoolnews | October 28, 2019

Augmented reality (AR) is described by Jaime Donally in a recent edWebinar as a “digital layer in our real world that gives an illusion that it exists in our space.” As she highlights, it is an exciting time, as emerging technologies associated with AR are feeling much more realistic. AR software such as Google Maps allows the viewer to have guidance as they are walking in a new area, and AR-embedded browsers can display 3D animated objects in real-life environments. The key to giving students opportunities to use AR begins with supporting teachers as they enhance learning experiences for students. Using AR software and tools such as 3DBear and MERGE, teachers have access to an abundance of activities and lesson plans that offer more in-depth content, provide opportunities for collaboration and exploration, and expand students learning experiences outside of classroom walls. For kindergarten students, Augmented Alphabet is a lesson that is effective for teaching letter-sound relationships. Using mobile devices such as tablets and iPads, students use AR to demonstrate the letter-sound connection with reflection sheets and interactive activities. Teachers can evaluate students through the students’ ability to respond, react, and explain what they have completed and accomplished.

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Gamification is the integration of gaming elements in eLearning to create a highly effective and immersive learning experience. Here’s an infographic illustrating 6 examples of Gamification in eLearning to engage learners in a better way.The power of Gamification in eLearning that is aligned to learning outcomes is clearly evident in these 6 examples. When used adequately, Gamification can boost learners to apply their learning on the job, challenging them with real-life situations.

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Gamification is the integration of gaming elements in eLearning to create a highly effective and immersive learning experience. Here’s an infographic illustrating 6 examples of Gamification in eLearning to engage learners in a better way.The power of Gamification in eLearning that is aligned to learning outcomes is clearly evident in these 6 examples. When used adequately, Gamification can boost learners to apply their learning on the job, challenging them with real-life situations.

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