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AR: Overlaying Reality With Education

by David Loveland and Jim Wasserman

eSchool News

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How augmented reality enhances the classroom — even without technology

In a nutshell, VR creates an entirely made up world that can be as divorced from reality and its rules (like gravity) as the designer wants, while AR takes what is real and enhances or overlays information to get more out of exploring our world.

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Taking a Non-Technical Approach to Bring AR Into the Classroom

Pokémon Go has done much to further the discussion of how AR (and VR) might be leveraged in the classroom in ways that help to drive home educational points to children who are often challenging to engage. How could you create your own AR learning environment–even without a great deal of technology?

While technologists are working on new AR applications, these authors—teachers at The Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas, offer some practical insights into how an AR approach can be introduced in other ways. Their recommendations: start where the students are, insert interest into education through student empowerment, then provide an “educational overlay” by connecting the lesson to the real world. That is, in essence, what augmented reality does—it overlays new meaning in ways that enhance the experience.