For many tech experts, virtual and augmented reality is the future we all are looking forward to. As both technologies offer limitless possibilities, educationists are looking forward to a new world where virtual reality will revolutionize the modern education.
Not only virtual reality, but other advancements in education technologies will change the way we all seek knowledge. The traditional classroom will be replaced by more tech-oriented learning environment, but what will the future look like?
As tech giants investing a lot more on virtual and augmented reality, it becomes evident for many tech experts that virtual reality will soon revolutionize a number of different sectors including education.
The Limitless Possibilities
With a VR headset on, students can now take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China while sitting in their classroom in Houston, or even while sitting in the living rooms of homes. In near future, students don’t have to visit the museums. With VR, all the museums in the world suddenly become accessible to students.
According to experts, as the VR sets become increasingly affordable, these devices will soon replace tablets in a classroom environment. The use of virtual reality or augmented reality can make the learning more rewarding than an in-class lecture.
There are companies (many from China) that are producing a lot of content for historical events as well. In near future, students can become part of Crusades, Mongolian Wars or can observe the traditional lifestyle of Native Americans hundreds of years ago.
Other applications are virtual labs for training and to observe experiments in Chemistry, Physics and Biology labs. The use of artificial intelligence can also bring life to somewhat boring learning environment. It challenges that traditional classroom environment where students act mostly as listeners that often make learning boring for young kids.
But with VR or augmented reality, students can have a more sensory experience, where they become an active part of education.
Where do We Stand at Present?
The mainstream use of artificial reality became common in just last two to three years after the introduction of Google Glass and Oculus Rift. As the technology is relevantly still new, currently there is a limited use of VR in learning environments so far.
The good news is, there are tons of tech companies that are investing in developing new virtual reality apps. Companies are also developing VR content that is targeted towards young students. As the research shows that students can learn much more quickly in the simulated learning environment than simply learning from the book, schools are also eager to make use of this new technology.
Google has already developed an expedition’s pioneer program that allows schools from all around the world to go on a VR trip. These trips include simulated field trips like an underwater coral reef or trips to different cities of the world. The program is specifically designed for schools instead of individual users as teachers can join the session and deliver lectures at the same time.
Similarly, there are other resources like Alchemy VR, Discovery VR, Woofbert VR, and zSpace, that are developed to help students and schools to explore different educational experiences using VR or AR technology.
Even though the price is still high and we may still have to wait for several years before schools adopt VR or artificial reality as part of the curriculum, but it is something that is bound to happen. If artificial intelligence is going to revolutionize one sector the most, it is education.