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How to Use Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Instructor: Monica Gragg

Monica has taught college-level courses in Tourism, HR and Adult Education. She has a Master's in Education and is three years into a PhD.

We introduce the latest classroom technology, augmented reality and how it enhances learning. We provide examples and discuss how to use it in the classroom.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is where your real world is enhanced by a computer-generated sensory experience. It sounds complicated, I know. But here's an example that should illustrate it for you.

Let's say you're a science teacher and your students are learning about stars and constellations. Usually you would have students read some text, watch videos and try to memorize the star locations when they go home at night. What if students can point to the sky with the cameras on their phones (day or night) and their phone automatically identifies the stars and constellations? The phone may also provide 3D images, video, or audio. This is how augmented reality works. There should really be no surprise that it will be a $150 billion industry by the year 2020! By the way, the app from the earlier example actually exists: it's called Google Sky Map.

Before we continue, we should explain the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality. While they seem similar, augmented reality and virtual reality are two different concepts. Augmented reality blends the real world with the virtual world. Virtual reality, commonly known as virtual worlds or Second Life, is invented.

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