It seems you hear people everywhere, including educators, talking about augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR). You may be wondering what it is and why it is a big deal.
With augmented reality, you can see your physical environment through an augmented overlay on top of a device’s screen. Most often, this is via a smart phone or tablet. Picture yourself holding an iPad over a desk and dissecting a frog placed there with special software. Teachers love AR because, most of the time, there is no need to purchase additional devices to use it. You can use devices already in your classroom.
Virtual reality places you in a virtual world using specialized equipment. Using a virtual reality viewer, you are fully immersed into countless places. Imagine you and your students walking through a rainforest, exploring the Sahara Desert, or even visiting the moon-all without leaving your classroom. The equipment used to create these experiences can range in price from $5 to well over $200. However, there are many affordable and adaptable options.
Check out Cobb InTech’s new webpage on AR and VR. There are lots of resources to help get you started-even a comparison chart to help you begin thinking about options for AR/VR devices for your classroom. As always, contact your TTIS for support with this exciting learning experience.