Blog Post #347: Technology for Education – AI, AR and VR

Blog Post #347: Technology for Education – AI, AR and VR

As we have seen AI (artificial Intelligence), AR (augmented reality)  and VR (virtual reality) are expanding

Today’s article is from:  https://www.prometheanworld.com/blog/5-education-technology-trends-2018/

Some years ago now (like 6 or 7), I heard of research into AI for the classroom.  The educational learning experts have determined that we learn in seven ways: visual (seeing), aural (hearing), verbal (words), physical (movement), logical, social (interpersonal), and solitary (intrapersonal – learning by oneself).  These learning styles can cross over – such as in a history class, we learn by hearing the teacher lecture (aural and verbal); or in team assignments by hearing the ideas of others on our team and aggregating the ideas (social).

So, wouldn’t it be great if in our learning environments, we could find a particular style that worked will for a particular person.  Say, I’m learning math and having an equation on the blackboard (visual) helps me, but maybe another student learns with a physical style – so having that person stand when they answer or discuss a question might make their learning stronger.  

But, finding out each person’s learning style (and … even if they have different learning styles for different subjects – or combination of learning styles for a particular lesson) is not a simple thing to do.  And, it may be that over time our learning styles change.

Then through in artificial intelligence and augmented reality – to determine and enhance the way one learns; and put virtual reality (visual and auditory) on top of it – education CAN become very real to each and every student.

This article talks about AI / and VR.  In particular it says:

“New technology will provide teachers with tools for delivering enhanced learning experiences through augmented and virtual reality (VR) in 2018. After the success of Pokemon Go, we witnessed the emergence of augmented reality (AR) in education in 2017. Teachers are increasingly using AR to layer virtual content on printed materials to enhance understanding and inspiration.

“With the release of increasingly affordable and accessible VR accessories, we can expect more from this technology in 2018.  The number of free apps and teaching platforms designed specifically for virtual education is growing. VR and AR will move from experimental to ubiquitous in learning. “

(Now, ubiquitous is one of my favorite words – meaning ‘present, appearing or found everywhere’).

Certain educational experts have said that if a child doesn’t learn to read by third grade, then life will definitely be against them.  They may drop out, be unsuccessful in learning, join gangs, etc. If these concepts could be used in kindergarten, first and second grades to find the most appropriate learning style for teaching a youngster to read – many of society’s ills might be avoided.  

But, it is going to take a lot of time, lots of experimenting and patience – but (in my opinion) we do need to be working in this direction!!!

What do you think?

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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