3 ways augmented reality opens new worlds for students

Smiling students seated in front of Disney characters appearing in augmented reality.

With the rapid development of science and technology, the tools, contents and methods of the education industry are facing huge challenges. To improve education quality, educators need to keep up with new technologies, acquire new skills and adapt content and methods to keep pace with the times. By integrating new technologies such as augmented reality, educators can gain better cognitive results and raise the overall quality of education available to students.

Augmented reality is an excellent choice in helping to stimulate students’ interest in study. Augmented reality is both a complementary tool and a completely new method of learning. Here are three ways that augmented reality can be implemented in education:

1. Ease your searching in the library

With an augmented reality product like Halo Mini, you do not need to find books by barcodes anymore; the categories and book names will be displayed simultaneously and overlaid in the real world. Once you enter a book title, it will show you where the book is and how you can get there, which will decrease your search time significantly.

2. Retrieve relevant information and place it anywhere

When you are reading an astronomy book with an augmented reality product, the related astronomical 3D holograms will be presented on the page synchronously, helping you to better understand and therefore absorb knowledge.

3. Exhibit teaching material in 3D models

Show content in a holographic way and turn pictures in books into dynamic images or 3D models. Bring subjects like atomic structure and organ anatomy into the real world.

Augmented reality tools from Microsoft Azure partner Shadow Creator have already been used by open classes through Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chongqing Real Estate College Audio-Visual Classroom, IFLYTEK Virtual Classroom and Net Dragon Virtual Classroom. Shadow Creator offers applications, tools and content for the education industry. The mission of Shadow Creator is to make every student experience fun.

To get started, educators will need a Halo Mini and to install apps such as “component” and “solar system.” They can download the apps from “Shadow Creator Store” within the product. Educators open the apps and see the 3D models and information in front of their eyes.

Educators can take the first step into this technology by learning more about augmented reality. Once they master it, they can open the door to a whole new world.

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