Is it possible to teach with augmented reality? As a big fan of this technology, I’m always on the lookout for tools that connect teachers to high-quality resources. If you want to bring AR back into your lessons or you’re teaching with augmented reality for the first time, the team at Seek Education has you covered!
Augmented reality is a powerful medium for helping students explore their world. Although I’m writing this blog post from New York today, I’ve already had a spin around Stonehenge. I got up close to the rocks and looked around at different angles. Then I went back to my keyboard and iced coffee.
How is this possible? Seek Education is an online platform and supplemental teaching resource for educators. It makes it easy to find and share interactive learning experiences with students. This platform is now free until the end of the school year. And it makes teaching with augmented reality possible in face-to-face and distance learning experiences.
Learning with Augmented Reality at Home
Seek Education provides educators and parents homeschooling children access to augmented reality teaching resources. These supplemental resources can help students dive deeper into a concept, provide a foundation and context before learning something new, and give teachers and families tools for enrichment.
Whether students are sitting in a classroom next to their friends or learning at home with their family, they can participate in interactive experiences. Augmented reality helps students explore artifacts, pieces of artwork, and physical spaces from their classroom or home.
When educators subscribe to the platform, they get instant access to a personal dashboard. This space is where they’ll find six core subjects: anatomy, animals, art, biology, history, and physical science. When students click on these subjects, they’ll access augmented reality models connected to each topic. These options include the solar system, a human DNA strand, and even Mount Rushmore!
Can you use augmented reality on a web browser?
As you can see in the video below, Seek Education is totally web-based. Since it uses the web browser of your device, you don’t need to download any apps. So if your school struggles with getting new apps on student devices or you’re recommending this resource for students to use at home, they don’t have to download anything extra.
Teaching with Augmented Reality
If you’ve tried incorporating augmented reality into your lessons, you know that this technology goes beyond the initial “wow” factor. Augmented reality is both engaging and educational. It presents content in context and can help students visualize a concept they would have only read about in the past.
When we think about using augmented reality with students, we sometimes think of the price point and wonder what type of extra resources we need to get our hands on to make it happen? As I mentioned above, Seek Education is web-based. You won’t need headsets, new devices, or even an app to download. Try scanning the QR code below (right from the screen)…
Seek Education has teaching resources for students of all ages. You can decide how to introduce the content to students, and how you want to have them interact with and discuss each learning experience. Dozens of schools are already using these resources, and now you can get started for free!
Free Augmented Reality Resources
Seek Education is now free until the end of June. They’ve granted free access to their platform to support teachers and families who have made a sudden shift to remote learning. So if you are a classroom teacher who wants to try teaching with augmented reality, you can handpick learning experiences for your students to explore. If you are working with children in your own home who could benefit from these resources, you can sign up too!
Although this is a great time to explore Seek Education, this isn’t a short-term solution for making lessons more engaging. It is a great long-term resource for families homeschooling children on an ongoing basis. Teachers who want to integrate augmented reality into the classroom can incorporate it into many units of study.
When the free access finishes up at the end of June, the platform is available for $3.99 per month for an individual subscription or $19.99 per month for an entire classroom. You can decide which model is the best fit for your group. You might sign up for the upcoming school year or summer learning programs.