Over the last couple of weeks, close to 1 billion students around the world have been forced from their classrooms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these measures are important and serve to slow the transmission of the virus, it also hinders the students’ education.
As students and teachers adjust to learning outside of the classroom with school closures, governments and education boards are working to provide virtual learning resources to support teachers as they keep working under these difficult circumstances.
EON Reality is providing the basic features of its flagship AVR Platform for free as a way to contribute to this invaluable network during this uncertain and disruptive time. Now available for download through EON Reality’s website, here are some ways teachers and academic administrators can introduce the AVR platform into a remote learning program.
Student-Created Hands-On Lessons
One effective strategy for teaching is allowing students to make their own choices when it comes to learning. Educators can set up a lesson plan where they can choose from three different modalities in which they can create a lesson: smartphone touch mode, virtual reality, or augmented reality.
The AVR Platform offers a ton of options to get creative with the way lessons can be created, so teachers can easily flip the classroom on its head and make the student the expert. The best part is that the AVR Platform requires no coding experience to get started, and the access to EON Reality’s massive digital asset library means anyone can create lesson activities for all grades and subjects.
Augmented Reality Lessons in the Home
The AVR Platform allows for full augmented reality experiences anywhere with an internet connection and a mobile device. Teachers can create customized AR lessons with the option to embed photos, videos, and recorded voiceovers to appear in the classroom or the living room. Imagine the learning possibilities from exploring the interior of a volcano or scrutinizing a prehistoric dinosaur up close in the safety of your own home.
Classroom Virtual Expeditions
The AVR Platform is a great way to let students experience the rainforests of the Amazon, the far reaches of Antarctica, or even Ancient Greece. With a wide variety of 360° images that allow students to explore places that are otherwise inaccessible (as well as the ability to add your own), teachers have a whole range of safe and realistic field trips they can take students on without leaving the house.
Online Discussion Sessions
One of the key features of the AVR Platform is its classroom collaboration feature. This allows teachers and instructors to create an online classroom of up to six students in a single session, which means educators and their pupils can still have detailed discussions with the learning materials right in front of them — all on their personal computers and mobile devices.
The EON Reality AVR Global Classroom Challenge
Why not inject some friendly competition to make the learning experience more engaging? Teachers should encourage their students to join the EON Reality Global AVR Classroom Challenge and submit their lessons to be in the running for a prize package of up to $14,000 — which includes 3 years of full access to the AVR Platform, a Magic Leap headset, and a winner’s trophy.
Obviously, feel free to share your own favorite uses of the AVR Platform in this trying time, as these are just some of the ideas we have come up with. If you’ve found an interesting way and want to share it with the world, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, stay safe!