Knowledge is useless until practically applied. Our education system cannot depend on memory-based learning anymore. It should focus on learning skills and gaining practical knowledge. Learning by heart might give you good marks, but it is only of use if you apply practical learning with 3D to it.
You may not always get to experience what you learn in reality, but it is possible with the help of virtual reality and 3D tech.
For example, when you read a novel or watch a movie, you either imagine or observe but, when this experience is lived through virtual reality, your mind and body interpret this experience into an authentic one. You will always tend to remember better by seeing and experiencing rather than reading and listening.
How 3D works
3D learning is not like the 3D movies we watch.
Technological advancements can provide a real-life experience, allowing students to control or even create the visuals interactively. It's a fact that the intellectual and physiological reactions to objects in virtual reality are similar to those in the physical world.
3D imaging has been here for a long time, but technological advances have made it possible to have high-quality virtual 3D images that look real.
Why is 3D Tech needed?
Implementing 3D tech in educational institutes is an excellent way of learning as it mainly focuses on gaining practical and active knowledge rather than passively learning about a topic.
Three-dimensional learning creates an interactive experience that helps students interact with scaled figures that represent the concept the way it exists in real life.
It stimulates critical and analytical thinking, and students get a deeper understanding of topics.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the predominance of online classes and paved the way for technological improvements in the education system, it also made us all mindful of how difficult it is to study from home. Students found it difficult to understand concepts with no visualization and only auditory instructions.
Even after the pandemic, when schools reopen, parents will still want to give their children the tools which they need to study from home efficiently. Some students have even chosen to study from home the entire course as it saves a lot of costs like commuting and living alone.
Physical learning needs colleges to invest in technology that will actively engage students and help them reach their academic goals.
Benefits of using 3D tech for Education
Practice and skill-building
In the field of medicine, 3D animations permit the students to view various structures closely, to microscopic and cellular levels. It can enable students to perform virtual surgeries and get hands-on experience without actually dissecting a body.
Diagnosing a condition and testing emergency medicines can also be practiced.
Students will surely gain skills if they continue the repeated practice of the same. This practice will also result in lower deaths due to doctor errors.
Improved test scores
Quantitative data has shown that a large percentage of students scored higher marks from pre-test to post-test that attended 3D classes rather than those who continued with traditional learning.
A study by Dr. Anne Bamford of the International Research Agency showed that 3D impacts on the classroom improved student grades by 17%.
It also saves time as it allows for more subject material to be covered in less time.
Teachers agreed that students showed more interest and engaged more with the 3D learning compared to textbook-based classes. They also showed behavioral and communication developments and interacted better.
Since it acts as an amusing way of learning, there were fewer distractions, and the attention span of all students increased.
Students with low and average marks, especially those with an attention disorder, performed great due to these visual classes.
3D tech is better for visual learners
A huge percentage of students are visual learners and do not understand concepts in auditory form. It is a known fact that the brain processes all visual data faster than text.
3D models represent all the data in a clarified manner and simplify large amounts of complicated information into an understandable form.
Helps special needs students
Those students who face problems or are learning-challenged found it helpful and made things easier for them to understand as they could see images and functions exactly how they are instead of reading it from a textbook.
Do not forget the fun factor that 3D learning can bring into a classroom.
It can make a boring lecture into a fun session through visual aids and hence motivate the students to keep learning. It reduces stress and creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom.
Ability to view large and small objects using 3D tech
The range of size of an object that humans can view is only about five orders of magnitude. Therefore, one of the most important uses of 3D is to allow interaction with very large and very small objects ranging from enzymes to huge virtual models.
Designing the real
The most significant use of 3D tech is the ability to re-create objects that exist in real-life, virtually. It enables us to access historical places of importance through virtual walkthroughs that may not even exist anymore.
Schools that adopt the 3D learning technology will help students by preparing them for the future to keep up with more technological advances.
3D Technology and inclusive learning environment
Differently abled students can access educational resources with 3D. It offers the potential to try things they normally wouldn’t be able to do. For people with visual impairment, technology can help them feel 3D printed models of different objects.
Cognitively challenged students, for example, autistic or a down syndrome child or others suffering from trauma can have psychological benefits as VR allows for repetition of activities in a risk-free environment which helps them understand better and improves motor skills.
With so many benefits and reasons to implement 3D tech, some schools have already started adopting 3D methods across all grade levels.
There are many more technological advances to come in the future but implementing this technology into schools and colleges would be a great steppingstone.
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