Guest Blog by Paul Hamilton
My first experience with Augmented Reality was an enchanted one. I am not easily startled or taken back by new innovations in technology but Augmented Reality seized my attention instantly. However, it is what it did with my students that were something to behold. Not only did it fully engross them in the process of learning, it delivered content in a way that made the entire experience a truly authentic, personalized and persuasive one.
The students reacted in a way I could never have anticipated:
“It was great because I could go back over it at my own pace.” - Nick
“I liked AR because it repeated things and it was easy to understand.” - Sophia
“It helped me work out the question.” - Holly
“I liked it because it was fun but challenging. I didn’t have to listen to the teacher for the whole lesson, I could start working.” - Liam
“I liked it because it taught me something I didn’t know before.” - Jemi
As I began exploring the engaging nature of Augmented Reality I started to find other areas in education where it could be utilized. Having prospective parents visit my classroom on a regular basis I saw the importance of incorporating Augmented Reality with the purpose of engaging with the wider school community. I continued to make connections with Augmented Reality and my daily routines as a teacher so I decided to share my experiences with the world through a free iBook that is now available on the iBook Store. It delves the effectiveness of Augmented Reality in Education through the power of persuasion on the student mind. It also presents a video tutorial on how teachers can create an Augmented Reality experience with their students.
Paul Hamilton is currently the Primary ICT Coordinator at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. An Apple Distinguished Educator and creator acclaimed App Formative Feedback for Learning and the Augmented Reality App Science AR Paul is pushing the boundaries with the incorporation of ICTs into the classroom.
Find Paul’s book: Augmented Reality in Education