In the last class of this course, we talked briefly about virtual reality, augmented reality, and QR codes.
Virtual reality allows for students to experience different places and worlds without actually being there. Google cardboard is an example of a virtual reality headset by simply putting a smartphone into the viewer and opening a virtual reality app that can be downloaded from the app store. The virtual reality options are endless and it is a great way for kids to be engaged and suits all learning types especially for those who are visual learners. However, some people may experience nausea and it is not recommended for children under the age of 13 as it could disrupt certain parts of the brain.
QR codes are codes that can be scanned by a smartphone which leads to additional information in the form of a URL link. it is a super convenient way to share information and can be used by students and teachers for assignments and projects, on a bulletin board, worksheets, and helps to form professional develop connections. Augmented reality takes the idea of QR codes a little further. An app called “HP reveal” allows teachers to create hot spots on a piece of paper. When they are scanned, a 3-d object pops up and can bring students to audio files, pictures, and videos for deeper understanding of a concept.