A survey recently published by Educators for Excellence is emitting light on the challenges educators throughout the country face as schooling goes virtual. More than half of all teachers who were surveyed said that low student engagement was a grave concern in the implementation of distance learning.
Now, ARSOME Technology is looking to address those matters through AR software. ARSOME created an AR mobile app for Hartford that gives a one-of-a-kind lesson about Mark Twain.
“What we did is we brought Mark Twain to life. If a user were to go to the Hartford Public Library where the Mark Twain statue is, pan their mobile application up to the statue, instantaneously, you would see Mark Twain come to life.” – Williams, Co-founder of ARSOME Technology.
“The mobile device, plus the course content, plus the 3D elements of augmented reality become part of that ecosystem of input of actually getting to the brain to make it more memorable, and at the end of the day education, if it’s more memorable to the person sitting in that classroom, the retention rates are higher.” – David Oyanadel, Co-founder of ARSOME Technology.
In the age of distance learning, Oyanadel and Williams said augmented reality devices presents countless opportunities.
According to Oyandel – “Eventually why not, you could go on a field trip individually, and the teacher could leave trails and tricks and things you find along the way, if you’re trying to find for example may be in a conservation class or unit to go and look at different things, but sometimes you don’t remember the particulars of a particular animal, so you could bring it up to life a particular animal in augmented reality or a plant or a flower in the field right where you are. You don’t have to come back to the computer.”
“When we talk about the homeschooling market, it’s not just the student. Everybody is under the same problem. Learning is a family problem, so everybody needs to be engaged and working together to get through this COVID, so augmented reality can be that tool to do so,” said Williams.