What Role Will VR And AR Play In Education In The Coming Years?

forbes | February 05, 2019

What role will VR and AR play in digital education in the years to come? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.Answer by Geoff Stead, Chief Product Officer at Babbel, on Quora:I love AR & VR, and have had the pleasure of building a range of AR apps. But there is still a big gap between what edu-futurists imagine when they dream of the perfect virtual classroom and the reality of how VR & AR work. And sometimes that futuristic hype can generate some impossible expectations.So, YES, I certainly do think there is a strong role for AR & VR, but NO, I don’t see it as the future of education. The places I see it working best are:AR: The super cool thing about AR is that it connects something real and physical with something digital and virtual. At the simplest, that could be scanning a QR-code, or a visual tag, and getting digital information about that item. This connection between the real and virtual worlds has unlimited potential for education, and the phone in your hand is all you need to use it. I can scan a tool and learn how to use it, or scan a foreign street sign and see a live translation. I can scan a static image of a machine to see a 3D working model of the same, or scan a photo in a newspaper to see the video it came from. These are all real use cases that already exist, and are fairly inexpensive to build and manage.

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Blended learning is an innovative approach to learning, altering the way education is delivered, and disrupting the way classrooms operate. However, the capabilities brought about by the internet and gamification have taken disruption by the technology of the traditional classroom to a whole new level. Let this video take you through the great opportunities presented by blended learning.

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Blended learning is an innovative approach to learning, altering the way education is delivered, and disrupting the way classrooms operate. However, the capabilities brought about by the internet and gamification have taken disruption by the technology of the traditional classroom to a whole new level. Let this video take you through the great opportunities presented by blended learning.

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