The modern chalkboards are a lot different than those 50 years back and since the last decade, there are systematic upgradations that have shaped the EdTech. Every child is imbibed with creativity and the sole purpose of schooling is to bring out that strength through modern means. Modern technologies, teaching methods, ways to open up introverts and extroverts and give equal opportunities for all can cultivate creativity in students.
The Google Earth update of April 2017 introduced us to the key addition as Voyager. While Google Earth has been giving wings to many for flying around the world, Voyager provided expressive guided tours framed by “the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits,”. By partnering with National Geographic, Google has taken another step towards helping teachers and students discover realms of the Earth. Through Google Voyager, the students can visualize the Street View to walk through the places around the Eiffel Tower and the Burj Khalifa. Then there is Earth View which enables the virtual learning in classrooms by taking students to the landscapes and terrains around the Earth. Through 3D cities, the students can tilt and see the realistic photographs of cities worldwide. Another verticals of Voyager are Satellite imagery updates & Highlight tour.
With 10 new immersive and guided virtual tours, Google prepares to upscale the STEM learning, just like Munfarid Consulting. This company in Bahrain recently partnered with Google, while having a similar vision. Munfarid’s product VRXOne is the only Google expeditions partner in MENA. Through interactive Virtual Reality sessions, VRXOne is equipped to bring out the best of classroom learning. How? Well, the kit makes it possible to travel to any place in the world without leaving the classroom premises, thereby cutting short the time, human resources, and cost. The hardware is fully adapted to make the students understand the concepts of STEM Learning. The students can use their understanding and analytical skills combined to gauge the phenomenon happening around and respond accordingly. This VR enabled kit empowers the teachers where they can make all the students work in sync. The said feature is helpful for the tutor where they can ensure that their students are wanderers, but only of lessons taught.
Apart from Expeditions in VR, Google also announced Expeditions AR during the Google I/O 2017 where
Clay Bavor, VP, Virtual Reality at Google introduced the technology telling that it would use indoor location tracking to substantiate the GPS. The system is set to give educational advantage to schools.
With companies focussing on Artificial Reality for classrooms, the schools are motivated to imbibe passion-driven content in their curriculum. A major plus point of EdTech is that it changes the physical state of the classroom to a newer and more engaging one. Educators also suggest that Artificial Intelligence in classrooms will develop pedagogy. Some also suggest the development of AI Robots to accentuate communication and understanding. To schools in more ingenious ways and utilize the eight hours dedicated to classrooms in the most efficient manner is the purpose of ISTE. With Education technology growing in classrooms, students get their individual times to comprehend the lessons and work independently.