Claiming stronger hold on education, the Augmented and Virtual Realities are improving K-12 teaching methodologies. So can these innovations lead young leaders to success, making them ready for their career? Turns out, quite likely.
Technology is now irreplaceable in education. The spending on digital content is more than ever. Making way through linear, text-based learning to digitalized learning is a progressive and welcoming change. Making the learners more agile and informed, the AR and VR technologies make demonstration easier. It also makes it easy for the tutor to assess individual learning gaps, assign projects, and monitor their progress.
Here is a round-up of the 5 ways Virtual Reality is doing good in the K-12 segment
1) Autonomy beyond the school premises – The world is a big classroom where everyone is a learner. Not limiting the student’s learning scope and syllabus, Virtual Reality experiences introduce them to real-world concepts, rather than rote learning. 85% of the students want to learn by ‘seeing and doing’ and VR experiences govern that student needs are met.
Also, VR gives an opportunity to every one to learn and grow. One can be a student in any corner of the world and still get lessons from the best tutors and pedagogical methods. For similar reasons, researchers claim 67% improved results by using VR educational apps.
2) Bring back the student attention – Virtual Reality is the best learning aid (or gift) that a tutor with some distracted students could get. When a student interacts with real-world objects and places in a classroom, it immediately catches his attention. Even the most of the complex theories and subjects can be explained through VR sessions because the learner is involved in learning.
3) Better Simulations – There are many experiments that can be demonstrated in laboratories, but what about those that can’t be? The phenomena that are too magnificent or minute for the human eye to capture, certainly need interpretation through an innovative medium like the Virtual Reality. Topics like fluid mechanics, chemical bonding, and cardiac arrest can be better explained through simulations with the help of VR. Learn-by-doing methods help students retain their knowledge.
4) Extensive Learning – Video conferencing has been around for quite a while. The next step forward is VR conferences or Virtual Reality conferences. Language classes can be more captivating when the native speaker of a country helps the students of another country learn basic phonetics and converse flawlessly. Through virtual meet-ups, students can participate in a global classroom where the basic principle is collaborative learning.
5) Better assessment of student learning – Assessment is the engine which drives student progress. A tutor cannot gauge the student understanding by asking them verbal questions. To check their understanding of subjects, whether the kindergarten students or high school pupils, expeditions in the virtual world are a great aid. The students can demonstrate learning, carry out their practical lessons virtually through active experiences.
The market for Virtual Reality in education is strong because the innovative technology has substantial proven results of increasing learning retention and making learning fun. The market has a strong potential to reach USD 1,700.66 million in 2021. Making learning fun-filled, the interactive learning and immersive education aid have become classroom essentials. When one thinks of admitting one’s child to a progressive smart school, checking how technologically-savvy the school is, should now be, a pre-requirement.
The empowering effects of VR in education are flabbergasting!
The world’s greatest and most prestigious skills competition, 44th edition of the Worldskills Competition – and the largest event ever to have been held in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE under the patronage of H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – came to a remarkable end on Wednesday. A biannual competition where youth from all over the world come together to compete over skills of their choice and get trained as promising talent across different industries, was first time ever hosted by the Middle East – North Africa (MENA) region.
As grand as the Worldskills Competition is in itself, the timing for Abu Dhabi to host the 2017 event makes it hugely more important as it falls in congruence with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 that aims at transforming the economic structure of the UAE with the use of advanced knowledge and skills at its core. “The aim of the event is to inspire young people to study technical education and vocational skills for entrepreneurship or for their career, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” said Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Director General of ACTVET.
The intense 4 days..
The Worldskills event was preceded by unlimited hours and months of preparation by some 1300 competitors from 60 countries and regions around the world to compete in the skill of their choice from 51 different categories from cooking to beauty therapy to robotics and other advanced technologies. Around 10,000 international visitors and 100,000 visitors from the region came to enjoy and benefit from the event. THE UAE team being largest comprising of 34 students competed in 31 skills, and this figure alone shows the diligence of the local youth towards the significance of the event.
Spanning over 4 days, the Worldskills Competition, comprised a host of initiatives and programs. There were six different sectors in which all the competitions fell. The Construction and Building Technology category involved different aspects of building such as architecture, landscaping, plumbing, electrical fittings, flooring and the interiors like carpentry and joinery. Manufacturing and Engineering sector featured mechatronics, polymechanics, automation and the like. Transportation and Logistics category dealt with automobile technology and freight maintenance.
Lifestyle elements such as hairdressing, beauty therapy and cooking made up the Health and Social Care. Artistic faculties like floristry, fashion technology, graphic designing as well as 3D designing came under Creative Arts and Fashion Jewelry.
Other than all the competitions, a prominent feature of the event was the ‘One School One Country’ cultural exchange program where different schools in Abu Dhabi were each visited by one school delegation from the participating countries.
The event however kicked off with the all-important, high-level 2-day conference where government representatives, thought leaders, experts, and brilliant young minds from all over the world came together to identify and discuss the many issues and prospects concerning the technical and vocational education and training, and skill strategies required to be adapted or improved in today’s rapidly changing world.
The conference discussion and exploration began with the realization of the adaptation strategies and planning required around the training and skills development of the youth in the face of the fourth industrial revolution and how it would impact the future outlook of a person’s skill profile in any particular industry. Key topics of discussion revolved around the need to globalize the skills and careers of the youth in a progressively digitized world as well as seek to minimize the gap between jobs and skills by eliminating the constraints of existing qualification structure in order to open up the future horizons for the youth today.
The delegates from around the world also discussed the roles played by, and challenges faced by the cities as well as resolving the issue of gender inequality across different industrial skills. The conference sought to address the demands of the future against the challenges of today and turning them into opportunities for the youth while counteracting the risks involved in the mismatch of training and skills offered by the education system today in view of the innovative technologies of tomorrow.
The conference also looked at the need to break down limitations of the national borders and empower the youth in a world that is not restricted by physical divides and needs a system of governance that is ingrained in the globalized fabric of a borderless domain. The key denominator of all the discussion was to bring the creative capabilities of the youth up to a level that matches the current needs and challenging demands of future against the implications of global economic trends and market forces.
It is worthwhile to mention here that in view of the above mentioned challenges Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan experienced the immersive Virtual Reality technology and appreciated the role it could play in nurturing and developing the advanced skillset of the young minds and fresh professionals.
Take home from Worldskills 2017…
As winners are bound to emerge from any competition, the 4-days’ worth rigorous efforts from all teams came down to Brazil, Korea and China scoring the first, second and third positions respectively. Chinese student, Biao Song was awarded the prestigious Albert Vidal Award – named in the memory of WSI’s founder – for achieving the overall highest score across all competitions. While the Best of Nation Award went to the contests gaining highest points or medal ranking among their own national or regional team which was decided by each individual member.
The Best of Nation Award for the UAE team, was received by not one but two Emiratis, Ibrahim Alraeesi and Hamad Alremeithi. Nonetheless, in the words of Mubarak al-Shamsi, all the contestants “deserve to be recognized and celebrated”.
No matter who are the winners, everyone gains from the Worldskills Competition as they get to learn, explore and embrace the ideas and opportunities provided by the event, during and after the competition. It infuses an inspiring spirit among the young people for accepting challenges and turning them into bigger things in life and always look forward to wider horizons.
Abu Dhabi hosted the world’s largest skill development program that that brought over 3500 competitors and experts from over 75 countries. The event which saw more than 10,000 international visitors was meant to uplift and foster the vocational skills of people and organizations from all around the world. It aims to inspire the youth and motivate them to get engaged in vocational and technical education. The active participation will enable the youth improve their work skills and establish private businesses which is in line with the UAE Vision 2021.
H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visited the event, which was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
Sheikh Abdullah inspected the pavilions of the exhibition including the “People of Determination” pavilion. There he exchanged conversation visitors and praised the efforts of organizers and participants of this unique international event.
Sheikh Abdullah stressed that “the country’s hosting of WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 embodies its future vision and its support for the youth, who are its key future strategic resource.” The WorldSkills Abu
Dhabi2017 saw competitors from 51 diverse skills categories, including mobile robots, aeroplane maintenance, fashion technology, garden design, and many others.
The team of experts also demonstrated their Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality skills and floored the entire crowd. These organizations were a part of this prestigious event to spread knowledge about the importance of AR/VR in the educational field.
Through the services of such organizations, Google education has proved to be extremely beneficial for the middle east education system. Adopting Google education to schools and universities has not only helped in providing a better learning experience but also played an important part in shaping the youth for the future.
Students, from different schools and grades, seemed to be especially fascinated by the AR/VR technology for learning. They were found saying that having this technology in their schools would make a lot of difference in their overall learning experience.
Dr. Sana Farid, whose AR/VR exhibition saw a visit from His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said, “VR and AR are not the future, but the present of education and learning. It is going to revolutionize the education landscape in the Middle East Region” In the current scenario, this statement holds solid relevance, and organizations that are putting sincere efforts towards shaping the Middle East region for VR/AR education are serving as true guideposts for a better tomorrow.
The largest skill event hosted by Abu Dhabi is a step which will have far-reaching impact on the education system and skilling ecosystem of Middle East Region.
Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, Kingdom of Bahrain, is all set to host the third edition of the World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF 2017) under the patronage of HRH Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, starting October 31 till November 2, 2017. Bahrain Entrepreneurship Exhibition will also be a major part of the forum spanning over first two days of the event.
An estimated 1000 entrepreneurs, representatives of international investment and development organizations, industry leaders, local investment and financial institutions along with Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) and academicians, are expected to attend the forum.
The theme of the Entrepreneurs Investment Forum is “To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, in line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 to help boost the country’s economic development and diversification. The forum aims at
- a) Providing a platform for entrepreneurs in order to attract international and local joint investments, collaboration and trade facilitation
- b) Introducing globally recognized practices for innovation in local businesses.
- c) Supporting and enhancing the role of women entrepreneurs in industry.
This forum is expected to take the vision of His Excellency Sheikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa much further as his office has been investing their efforts in organizing several events and initiatives in order to elevate local employment level as well as to help the younger generation gain from the valuable exchange of knowledge, ideas and networking, and bring out their potential for creativity in their chosen fields.
The previous editions of the forum had been very popular with the young Bahraini youth and they learnt a great deal from the prominent lecturers and industry insiders who shared their insight at numerous workshops and seminars. The third edition is also expected to receive great following by the youth and help equip them with necessary skills and tools required to succeed in the business world and contribute to the kingdom’s well-being in return.
The recent year has seen a lot going on in the UAE when it comes to educational activities and events. The year has been packed full of all kinds of education and technology related informational and promotional events. As the UAE government actively builds the foundations towards its UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda as well as Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, it is leaving no stone unturned for promoting its aim for an economically sound, flourishing and competitive future for the country. These events are doing the dual job of inspiring the local youth into adopting many different careers as well as bringing the local talent into the spotlight for the world to see.
Let’s recall that the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda promotes a culture of entrepreneurship in schools and universities in the efforts to foster a value system based on innovation, creativity and leadership. Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 also presents two key priority areas for development. One of them is reduced reliance on the oil sector as the major economic player as well as a shift towards the natural energy sources for a sustainable economy. Secondly, putting education and learning at the base of a competitive corporate sector. The idea is to pursue a transformation towards an increasingly knowledge-driven economy.
The third edition of Education Experts 2017 Conference is the continuity of the same vision. The two-day conference will be held in Abu Dhabi starting October 30, 2017. The conference aims to bring all the different stakeholders associated with education sector, on the same platform in order to develop a comprehensive strategy targeted at creating a world class system of education consistent with National Agenda, promoting innovation, research and development, embracing learning through digital technologies – such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence – as well as strengthening the regulatory framework for the key sectors.