Understanding the role of Augmented Reality in Early Education

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The early years are the most crucial years for learning. Parents, teachers and schools take up the responsibility to provide best ways to nurture the foundation of the young ones. At home or in school, a learning environment that generates curiosity and motivation to learn more is considered to be the most beneficial and best for early childhood education. This is not an easy task to do. Early learners in age group of 3+ have a limited attention span and so parents and teachers are in constant search of ideas and content that would appeal the children. Integrating new technologies in early childhood learning and giving a new shape to the content making it more enriching for young ones is important. After the introduction of Augmented Reality in the field of education, the learning environment can be modified into an engaging one with high level of motivation. The curiosity to know and explore more is high even with a limited attention span among the early learners. The Augmented Reality is a technology that allows computer generated visual imagery information to be overlaid onto a live or indirect real world environment in real time. It thus provides both real and virtual world simultaneously to the users. Augmented Reality adds graphics, sound and animation and turns the experience into 4D. It completely changes the way we view the world by adding additional information to it. For example: what an experience it is to see when you scan a flashcard with a picture of an elephant and the very next moment you see it pop out from your screen. Not only you are able to see the animal in 4D but also see its natural habitat and its sound. As parents or teachers, do we not want to give such a mesmerizing experience to our young ones? This is exactly what AR does.
The use of Augmented Reality in early childhood learning definitely captures the attention of children. It helps to expand their imagination and curiosity. It teaches them to visualize when they are exploring the world around them. When children are presented with such an engaging content they are able to engage with the content and learn faster.
The AR content is not just limited for schools. It can effectively be used by parents. The AR enabled books are easily accessible and the apps that make it easy to access the content on phones or tablets. When learning becomes so delightful and captivating experience, children tend to retain most of the information that is presented to them.
When we provide innovative and engaging environment to the young learners we add a lot more to their confidence and motivation to learn. Thus, with augmented reality children can experience and learn while having fun. This can maximize the educational effectiveness which could prove very beneficial for them.
Children are curios learners. Curiosity generates a desire to learn. It is an eagerness that leads them to explore things around them. Thus, it is our responsibility to provide them with experiences that would help in building a strong foundation for life-long learning.
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