Guest Post by Brenda Savoie
Augmented Reality Apps that Boost a Teacher’s Approach
It’s time to accept this for a fact: no teacher can ignore the power of technology. It’s becoming an inseparable part of our lives. Everyone keeps relying on different apps and tools, and kids are no exception. Children are becoming tech-savvy from a surprisingly young age. Some teachers and parents are devastated with the fact that today’s kids would rather spend time with their tablets than outside playing.
Technology, however, can play a beneficial role in a child’s development. It all depends on how we use it. When it’s in the hands of a good teacher, it can be directed towards achieving greater engagement and boosting the learner’s potential.
Today, we’re going to explore one aspect of technology that can change the way children approach education: augmented reality. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it makes the lessons really exciting for the students. They are learning valuable things without being stressed or overwhelmed during the lectures.
What is augmented reality in the first place? This technology puts a layer over the physical world. When you point the device at a certain object, an app gives you related graphics, sounds, video, or GPS data.
Out of so many apps that make augmented reality possible, which ones do you choose? Joanna Palmer, an education expert from BestEssays, suggests the following ones:
This app is available for iOS and Android devices. When you want the students to explore and understand different concepts, this is the right app to use. You just need a smartphone with the app installed on it. When you point it to a poster that’s hanging on the classroom’s wall, it will bring it to life. Old-fashioned posters no longer work. No one notices them anymore.
You can get the posters for free at Mr Hamilton’s website (he’s the teacher who developed the app). Here’s an example of how you can use the app: by pointing it at a poster, your students will see all processes that cause rain to fall. They will see how the clouds are being formed and what rain means for the soil. It’s a great way for students to gain comprehensive knowledge about nature and remember the information they get through the visual presentation.
With this app, you can transform the classroom into an interactive environment. You will create that environment and you’ll be able to control, monitor, and evaluate the students’ performance through the app. Then, you can share the results and collaborate with the community of teachers using Blippar.
With this tool, you can enhance the content of every single page of the textbook. You’ll be the one creating the so-called blipps (the layers of information your students discover when scanning the page). You can offer unique, impressive content that makes you much more effective and attractive as a teacher. Moreover, you can explore the blips in the library of resources at the website.
If for example, you’re a biology teacher, you can use Blippar to provide more information about the animals or plants your students are learning about. You’ll teach them to appreciate the value of a textbook. When they dig a bit deeper, the textbook is much more than the dry text they should memorize. It opens the doors to a world of knowledge, which you’ll present through the augmented reality approach
This tool is great for chemistry lessons. You get setof six wooden blocks that feature elements with beautiful designs. Then, you bring them to life with the app. It’s available in the Google Play and the App Store.
Each blog face shows a different chemical symbol from the Periodic Table. When you open the 4D Elements App and point the device at the block face, it will give you a presentation of the element. If you move two blocks together until they touch, the app will show the reaction between them. Sometimes nothing will happen; that means those elements don’t combine.
Your students will learn chemical formulas easily when they use this math. Through the visual presentation, they will understand how those reactions are formed in nature. There’s no need for actual chemistry experiments in the classroom, which limit you to few reactions. Thanks to this app, your students can learn real chemistry through augmented reality.
Are You Ready to Make Your Students Thrilled to Learn?
Since all kids love playing games on smartphones and tablets, why would we want to take that pleasure away from them? Instead of blaming them for being mesmerized by technology, we can use that inclination to motivate them to learn. Augmented reality has a huge appeal. It combines the excitement of using devices in the classroom with the benefits of learning new information.
When the students are engaged in the learning process, they remember that information for much longer. The above-listed apps are reliable, affordable, and easy to use. Every teacher should try them!
Author Bio: Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor, content marketer, and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her last article “Who Invented Homework? and Why?” Find her on Twitter and Facebook