Explained Here’s how technology can create a participatory learning environment for students and teachers

Immersive tech like virtual reality and augmented reality have been successful in creating a participatory learning environment for students and teachers alike while facilitating active learning among students and enriching their knowledge base and practical skills.

Unlocking the power of immersive technology for practical, educational purposes

Unlocking the power of immersive technology for practical, educational purposes

By India Today Web Desk: A classroom is a place where ideas are born, information is shared, and the seeds of learning are sown. It is a thriving, palpating space that gives wings to the learner’s imagination, and lays the foundation for lifelong learning. In today’s digital age, when information is easily accessible to everyone, it poses one of the biggest challenges known to mankind – what content to consume that can create a lasting impact.

This challenge becomes even more compelling when it comes to learners, as they need the right guidance to be able to make the best use of digitisation. With the advent of technology, classrooms are gradually evolving into multi-functional environments to captivate the attention of learners in myriad ways.

From implementing online learning tools to bringing immersive technologies like virtual reality into the classroom, technology has proliferated global education in keeping with the fast-changing times.

Immersive tech like virtual reality and augmented reality have been successful in creating a participatory learning environment for students and teachers alike while facilitating active learning among students and enriching their knowledge base and practical skills.

LEVERAGING IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

While traditional classroom settings focus largely on auditory and written learning styles, they might pose several barriers in the way of the learning process for students.

Every learner has their own way of comprehending and retaining information, and typical classroom teaching may not provide all the learners with exactly what they need. Immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality present new, engaging and exciting ways of learning that mitigate several barriers of traditional classrooms.

For most learners, AR and VR offer visual and kinesthetic learning opportunities, making the process of education more inclusive and accessible for all students.

THE POWER OF PRACTICAL LESSONS

Imagine being able to zoom into the minute details of the heart, arteries, and veins and how all of them make a circulatory system, right in front of your eyes.

Will you ever be able to forget those details? Most probably not. Such a practical and deeply immersive look into lessons not only ensures higher retention but also converts them into an unforgettable experience.

With VR, difficult and relatively inaccessible concepts can be brought to life: virtual trips to world-renowned landmarks, science experiments, STEM concepts, virtual archaeological excavation, and whatnot!

These immersive experiences offer a sense of practicality, which has the power to augment both traditional and online classroom frameworks.

CREATIVE THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Learning in virtual reality encourages children to think creatively. Students can grasp abstract concepts just as they play games in a virtual reality environment, which stimulates their learning.

As VR facilitates visualizing, educators can convey a wide range of complex subjects in a fun and engaging way within the classroom. VR allows students to believe they have entered a completely new world, a world that fuels their imagination and where they can learn at their own pace.

It opens a plethora of possibilities for learners to bring out creative solutions to real-world problems, thus fostering critical thinking abilities.

MAKING INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS

VR learning gives equal opportunity to each and every learner to have an unforgettable learning experience. It is accessible to all students, unlike traditional field trips that may be too expensive for certain parents or too impractical at times.

For students who struggle with learning difficulties such as ADHD, VR can do wonders. VR provides a safe and controlled environment for students where they are free of distraction and can go through lessons repeatedly without the fear of being judged.

Immersive technologies offer a vast spectrum of opportunities for practical learning. Besides providing ease of learning, they spark creativity and encourage the development of critical skills essential for the future. According to a report by UNICEF, the future will be led by essential skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, technology usage, and more.

Immersive technologies are expected to play a huge role in equipping students with critical future skills and preparing them for a sustainable future. Classrooms will always continue to be seats of learning, inspiration, and innovative ideas. With immersive technology as a steadfast partner, learning can be so much more impactful, engaging, and long-lasting.

This article is authored by Mehak Aggarwal, Chief Impact Officer – School Market, LaunchMyCareer.

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