VR & AR in Smart Classrooms: Enhancing learning with immersive technology

VR & AR in Smart Classrooms: Enhancing learning with immersive technology-alt

Classrooms and lesson delivery remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Instructional methods placed the teacher at the front of the classroom, with chalkboards, textbooks, pencils, and paper all being the mainstay of teaching tools. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the rapid evolution of education technology has overhauled learning experiences. Traditional classrooms are transitioning to become Smart Classrooms – teaching spaces enhanced by a range of technologies, including VR and AR.

Smart Classroom spaces are created by bringing a range of digital solutions into the learning environment. Interactive displays. Visualisers. Tablets. Laptops. VR and AR. The list of technologies to enrich teaching and learning is ever growing.

Moreover, as teachers face the challenge of keeping students focused and motivated in an increasingly digitised world, AR and VR technology offers an effective solution. Bringing virtual reality and augmented reality into a Smart Classroom empowers teachers to create immersive learning experiences that will ultimately increase student engagement and attention. In this article, we’ll explore the role of immersive technologies in Smart Classrooms and share best practice advice on how to embed these into teaching methods and curriculum delivery.

Immersive learning and the Smart Classroom

Most Smart Classrooms start by introducing commonly used edtech tools such as laptops, interactive displays, tablets and visualisers. In recent years, implementation of 3D printers has been on the rise, along with adoption of coding devices and increasingly sophisticated apps. All these technologies help to build a Smart Classroom that is inspirational and engaging by
stimulating auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic learners. However, none of these technologies can create truly immersive learning experiences. Immersive technologies, like augmented reality and virtual reality, are what’s needed to take Smart Classrooms to the next level. But why is immersive learning so important for education today?

Understanding immersive learning

Immersive learning is very similar to experiential learning. Experiential learning uses real-world scenarios to support education in a safe, stimulating and emotionally engaging way.

The Institute for Experiential Learning defines experiential learning as ‘the ideal process of learning, which invites you to understand yourself as a learner, and empowers you to take charge of your own learning and development through different learning styles’. This is highlighted in the diagram below.

The benefits of experiential learning

The benefits of experiential learning are far reaching, especially when it comes to creating opportunities for students to develop skills which will support lifelong learning. Some of the most recognised benefits of experiential learning are outlined below.

  • Creating real-world experiences and relevance

Experiential learning helps to create a sense of relevance. This is achieved by learners’ minds being actively engaged.

  • Creative problem solving

Experiential learning gives students the opportunity to be more creative in problem-solving by presenting challenges to be resolved in a real-world scenario.

  • Speed of learning

Practical experiences can help students acquire new knowledge and concepts quicker. Being hands-on with a task strengthens neural connections which means skills can be learned and retained more effectively.

  • Opportunity for reflection

Experiential learning gives students the opportunity to analyse how their actions impact outcomes, while also being able to compare other students’ results to their own. This helps to move students from being passive learners to becoming actively engaged in reflective observation.

  • Learning through failure

Making mistakes is a crucial part of learning at any level of education. It allows students to experience, in a safe way, what does and doesn’t work. Where failure or mistakes are encountered, those actions are then avoided in future as students look for alternative approaches.

  • Soft skills development

Immersive learning can help students to develop valuable soft skills which are increasingly important for realising their lifelong potential. Communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision making are all examples of soft skills that are developed through experiential learning.

QUESTIONS

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01 Is the material of the laboratories synchronized with the school curriculum?

Our laboratories are suitable for children of all countries. We cover the fundamental topics presented in most school programms.

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02 We are a school; How can we subscribe?

Please contact our customer support service at support@xreadylab.com or book a call with the team using the link to find out the conditions and book the VR class set up at your school.

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03 What does the subscription consist of?
Subscription to XReady Lab interactive VR labs. If you are a school, then you are also given access to the VR classroom system. VR class system helps you easily launch VR lessons for a large number of students, follow the experience of each student, as well as customise the content without developers.
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04 What is included in the VR class system?

Broadcast system to track all students of your class on a single screen
The simultaneous launch of laboratories via the web interface
Ability to edit scripts and insert your own methodological content
You can launch the content from other companies in a teacher-friendly format

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05 At what age can we use VR headsets?

We adhere to the world’s generally accepted recommendations and research. Our products are suitable for children from 12 years old.

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