augmented reality and virtual reality in the classroom

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson@web20classroom brings back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies.

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In today's show, we'll discuss:

  • What is augmented reality? virtual reality?
  • What are examples of how each are being used in the classroom?
  • Are these technologies expensive to use?
  • Which technology does Steven think will be the most helpful to classrooms?
  • Are there any risks with these technologies? Costs?

I hope you enjoy this episode with Steve!

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Full Bio

Steven Anderson

Steven W. Anderson is a learner, blogger, speaker, educational evangelist, author and Dad. As a former teacher and Director of Instructional Technology he is highly sought after for his expertise in educational technology integration and using social media for learning. As @web20classroom he regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about the use of Social Media in the classroom and how they can better serve students through technology.

Steven has been a presenter and keynoter at several educational technology conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, TCEA, FETC, and VSTE as well as numerous state and local conferences.

He is the author of 3 books, The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, The Tech-Savvy Administrator and Content Curation: How To Avoid Information Overload.

He is also responsible in helping create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boasts over 500 weekly participants. Steven has been recognized with the the 2009 and 2011 Edublogs, Twitterer of The Year Award, a Microsoft Heros of Education award, along with a 2013 Bammy Award, recognized worldwide as the Educational Emmy, for his work with #edchat.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Benjamin Pellant November 23, 2023 - 9:25 pm

I really enjoyed listening to this audio blog entry. I believe that Steven raised some excellent points about the unique immersive potentials that virtual reality and augmented reality can help facilitate. I recently wrote a white paper about virtual reality in education, and raised some similar points as Steven about how powerful this technology could be within education. The ability to physically transport students to a destination, and the unique potential to see and hear the surrounding sounds could certainly facilitate some incredible learning experiences. One stumbling block right now seems to be the cost associated with VR headsets. I know that Google Cardboard was mentioned, whilst this a solution I feel that it does not quite provide the full VR experience. Hopefully as VR headset technology continues to develop, this will be less of a factor, and we can begin to see VR technology more widely available within schools. When this happens, I believe Virtual Reality will have a powerful role in education.


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