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Augmented Reality Making Botany Learning Plain Sailing!

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Learning Botany- The biggest headache for students!

Botany is very diverse and complicated sub-division of Biology. Its teaching includes three sections- Lectures, Laboratory work and Field trip.

Traditional teaching tactics are unable to cultivate student’s interest neither in class rooms nor in practical labs.

It’s prevalent all around.

However, missing a single session or research on the field would become troublesome for learners.

No professor will be there to assist them and help in understanding key species and their characteristics later on.

What can aid in understanding the subject to the core?

Augmented reality can lend a hand.

The technology can bring world herbaria at your fingertips.

It’s phenomenal, right?

Let’s explore how.

A student failed to attend a field trip. The midterm is coming up and he is frightened, how he will make up that trip with full guidance.

Suddenly, he remembered there is a smartphone right in his pocket.

As, he steps in the Botanical garden, and hold his phone before the tree, he could see a message striking him that tree is more than 500 years old, its different features, various parts and much more!

Finally, guided tour ends up within a few minutes with a greater understanding and engagement.

This is not all bells and whistles about ground-breaking technology, while it has pretty more to offer.

Augmented reality superimposes multimedia content over real world objects in real-time when scan with smartphones. Embedded digital content could be any text, audio, video or graphics.

 

Take a glance at deep impact of pre-eminent tech over botany learning

Revolutionized specimen learning

Memorizing incredibly difficult names and features of specimen placed in a laboratory and retaining them for longer run is the major problem that students face in labs.

Every time, students cannot accompany specimen and an educator who could help them.

In labs, knowledge is imparted once and then, student thumb through boring books that no longer excites them.

This way stimulating students to learn terminology is the most arduous task to accomplish.

Here, augmented reality would be panacea.

Scanning text books, images or any figurine with smartphone, live 3D specimen appears showcasing specimen name, characteristics or any relevant information associated with it.

This information can be accessed by the students anytime, anywhere with brilliant virtual guidance.

 

Reinventing botanical Gardens

Visiting botanical gardens to learn about family of trees, distinguishing different orders, getting information about each single species and its minute parts without any assistance is not so easy.

But, students researching require this data on hand.

Augmented reality enables them to see labels of classified trees, add tentative new classifications and take pictures.

Gardens by the bay in Singapore get built an app for the park that allows visitors to know more information about the plant when QR code attached is scanned.

 

Reshaping Botany class rooms

Formal lectures in the classes are one-way teaching without any kind of interaction. This approach is more teacher-centric rather than student centric.

Students are spoon fed in the class rooms.

That’s where problem is, which do not captivate the minds of students.

Augmented reality can transform teacher-centric approach to student-centric approach.

How?

During lectures, showcasing virtual plants species makes teaching impactful and grabs more attention of the students.

Even, learners can interact with species on their own digital device, transmits knowledge efficiently and develop generic skills.

Moreover, they can attend same lecture any time or get teamed with any study-mate in real-time, if need guidance in preparing assignments or projects.

 

Takeaway

Augmented reality reforms Botany learning and teaching, and leads the way in spades.

More and more students and institutions opting for skyrocketing technology that has unfolded new ways that was once just able to envision.

Handy mobile phones made it easier, as, in the U.S, more than a third of all adults and more than fifty percent of all college students have smart phones.

It’s a big thing.

Do not hang fire; embrace augmented reality and make Botany learning as easy as pie.

Happy learning!


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