Augmented Reality in Special Needs Education

Augmented Reality is proving to be a young shoulder for education today.

And there are multiple ways in which AR is communicating this message.

While we shall discuss the 3 benefits that Augmented Reality has in education, we shall also look at other wonders attached to the use of AR.

The Role Of Augmented Reality in Special Needs Education.

Augmented Reality is the crux of visual learning in the students. One of the single-handedly most important techniques involved in education is Visual representation.

However, the exciting part is the integration of visual characters or representations with the actual world. This is how AR mediates to bring information to life. It’s just like imagining and seeing your imagination play in front of you.

The effect that this has on special children is just amazing. They can see the abstract concepts play physically right in front of them. 

Now it can be involving a sports activity in the play, or it can be a supplementary field trip or an appropriately zoomed-in subject for learning. Whatever it is, the point is to aid their imagination through technology and enhance the process of understanding abstract concepts that require considerable cognitive power. That is why the mode of learning should be fun to assist them to understand these concepts. 

3 Benefits of Augmented Reality and VR in special education.

AR and VR increase motivation: 

A study (Liao, 2015) showed that Virtual Reality enhanced the ability to move (locomotor skills). Children’s ability to move was improved because they felt motivated during their sports practice in the VR game. Sports players commonly experience this sort of motivation, “sports induced motivation” is what we can call it.

Relevant Study: Altered Realities: How Virtual and Augmented Realities support learning?

Vision For The Visually Impaired:

AR & VR is also being used to help visually impaired students. Students can not only zoom in and see, in fact, but they also end up learning better than those who are not visually impaired.

Why? That’s because, to learn better, they have to zoom in on the subject studied. And this is how they end up observing better than most people.

Albeit, Zooming in and increasing the ability to move are not the only benefits of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the domain of learning and education.

An Easy Field Trip.

Students also enjoy field trips and learn effectively while enjoying the process. However, virtual field trips are not the best replacement for field trips. But instead, technology is the best way to supplement the actual field trip. This implements the concept of 4E cognition, specifically embedded cognition, amalgamating the child’s physiological environment with social and cultural influences to ensure that the experience is similar to an actual field trip. 

Also Read: How AR & VR can be used to support students with special needs?

Just Before You Go…

Augmented Reality is one of the most valuable technologies involved in the field of education and learning.

Integrating the visual representation of abstract concepts and into the real world through tech is an idea that can support many children with special needs.

Technology can aid what they lack. And if we can do it now, we shall continue to do it.

This is how we can bring in as many children with special needs and help them become much bigger than they thought they could be. 

But it all starts with better education.


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