On 15.09.2017,23 teachers met in the rooms of the AR specialist appear2media in Berlin to discuss Augmented Reality and the status of digitization at schools.

 

In the course of the meeting, Augmented Reality technology was presented. appear2media has numerous customers who have enriched their products in the field of children’s and adult education with augmented reality functions. This includes, for example, the language books of the Ernst Klett GmbH, where audio files, videos and PDF’s are linked to the printed pages of the books. This way, students can practice the correct pronunciation better. In the field of adult education, Haufe Lexware books are enriched with videos on work situations and in the Vemag children’s colouring books, the painted pictures are brought to life as an animated 3D model.

 

Five outcomes of the meeting.

 

  1. augmented reality in education is still completely unknown. The topic is new, there are no prerequisites such as hardware equipment and know-how.
  2. the concept of central computer rooms in schools is still present. The devices in these rooms are usually outdated and no longer state of the art.
  3. there is no WLAN at most schools. WLAN access to the Internet is, however, a necessary prerequisite for most modern services and applications.
  4. Teacher training does not follow the pace at which digitization is changing society. There is no knowledge of current technologies and the ability to classify them and thus offer students a helpful framework. However, the blame for this cannot be attributed to the teachers, but to those who plan school education. They must set the priorities and train the personnel accordingly.
  5. The motivation and willingness of the teachers to approach digitalization and its opportunities is undoubtedly there. This is the core motivation of the teachers. The creativity and drive in the confrontation with Augmented Reality in education was very visible.

 

Conclusion

Augmented Reality in education is only one of the characteristics of the rapidly advancing digitalization. It will still take a while before such technologies can be used in the classroom. In adult education, however, it is already a reality.

Many people do not dare to use the new technologies. There is no one who could do an introduction or training. While most students use smartphones on a daily basis with social networks or even produce and distribute really good content, many teachers use the tablet training courses at the Didacta to bring themselves forward. There is definitely room for improvement here.

 

Thanks to all the teachers who visited us!