Technology & Innovation in Education - AR, VR etc

August 3, 2017

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Technology and innovation in Education is a huge topic. Since we are a robotics blog we would today talk about one such technology under the term of 'Immersive Learning'

 

In simple terms, immersive technology has education in prime focus using technology as a primary tool.

 

A story line of VR at Amer Fort can be taught to teach History and a 3D simulation of a human heart to teach Biology. 

 

Typical examples of immersive education are : Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 360° VR video, spherical panoramic photography, 3D printing, telepresence. 

 

The most common are VR which uses a computer to create a simulated environment.

Some typical use cases as per human age versus education can be mapped as:

 

  • Junior School: Animal world exploration

  • Senior School: Historical monuments walk through, Deep sea world, Astronomy

  • Young Adults: Gaming, Mobile apps, Human anatomy, culture tours

  • Professionals: Anatomy, 3D printing, Robotics, Architecture, Pilots, Drone FPV, Telepresense

 

How could immersive technology be used in Indian education?


Google cardboard and Samsung gear can enable your mobile to be a VR. Some as HTC Vive and PlayStation VR provides a totally immersive experience, and are connected to a laptop.

Such technology can be used in locations where poverty, child labour and unequal social metrics promotes a low student engagement rate.

 

In simple terms, immersive technology has education in prime focus using technology as a primary tool.

 

 

Immersive technology is more engaging and provides real insights into the motivated learning experience.

 

On the other side of the coin, for the affluent and middle-class students - it can promote an experience learning to augment the regular syllabus.

 

Example: A story line of VR of Amer Fort can be taught to teach History and a 3D simulation of a human heart to teach Biology. 

 

Even in the field of professionals, immersive learning can be used. 

 

In the field of drones, we have the FPV (first person view) already available which can enable a pilot to see what his drone is looking at and fly. Medical surgery is another key use where a remote surgeon may use immersive technology to operate. Police and fire forces can use immersive technology for telepresence actions.

 

 

How about the initial Costs?

 

Coming to the cost aspect, the google card box kind of VR's which uses mobile come under INR 400 bracket. So this is really an affordable kit which is there to be tried out very easily. 

 

Current primary challenge

 

The only challenge is getting a steady stream of contents. If this has to be an educational trend in India then Indian content which can be used along with immersive technology should be in abundant. 

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