Say Hello to Augmented Reality!

Augmented reality (AR) is all the rage at the moment and its fanfare is only due to increase. Augmented reality is a technology that overlays a digital component onto a real-world environment allowing the user to have a unique experience. While the technology has been around since the late 60s, it has become more sophisticated, and mainstream. You have seen it before and perhaps even used it, for example, think Snapchat and Pokémon Go. If you have a mobile device you can augment your reality.

Companies like Ikea, L’Oréal, and Warby Parker now have apps that allow customers to ‘try before they buy’. Big manufacturing companies are using AR to train employees and with the help of AR, services teams are making repairs with greater efficiency. Have you ever waited on the phone for what feels like hours only for someone to tell you ‘we have to send out a technician’? That advancement alone deserves a round of applause! AR is transforming the way we live our lives. It is also transforming education and presents a unique opportunity for teachers.

Since the turn of the 21st century, lots of emphasis has been placed on an interdisciplinary approach to education and content that resembles real-life (STEM and more recently STEAM). For years one of the biggest barriers to technology integration has been access to hardware. Advances in AR are breaking down these barriers by leveraging the hardware that most people already have in their hands (e.g. mobile devices). Today, science, math and some visual art teachers are using AR to create unforgettable learning experiences for their students.

Why not the music classroom?

Imagine how your classroom can come alive with the integration of AR. It can enhance content delivery. It can boost student engagement and foster student collaboration. It could transform the way you access your students. It could boost retention. Imagine renewed excitement for classical music and the orchestra. Integrating AR technology into your music program helps your music program address the 4C’s (i.e. critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration) of 21st-century skills.

MusicEDU keeps its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the technological world and it is always looking for ways to integrate forthcoming technology into the music classroom. That’s part of why MusicEDU launched its latest program, Augmented Reality Classroom™.

This program sits at the intersection of traditional music education and progressive interactive technology. It highlights the elements of mathematics and science that are present in music and vise versa. The program uses AR to provide music students with a unique opportunity to learn, experience, create and build like never before. Let MusicEDU know if you want to experience the program for yourself here.

Whether you are an early adopter of technology, or you don’t know where to begin with it (or you land somewhere in the middle), AR technology has something to offer. If you have access to a mobile device, you have access to some form of AR technology. Can you imagine the possibilities this presents for you and your students?

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