Teach Science with AR & VR in the Library
Merge EDU will help students learn complex science concepts while at the same time increasing technology literacy! Because it’s intuitive and easy to use, you can also share Merge EDU with classroom teachers to showcase AR/VR technology that can help improve learning outcomes of their students.
With powerful, hands-on digital teaching aids and interactive simulations, standards-aligned activity plans, integrated quizzes, and a large library of science content, Merge EDU provides everything you need to teach science successfully with AR & VR.
In this article, we will introduce you to concepts that will help you teach science with Merge EDU and share the AR/VR technology that will help prepare students (and teachers) for the future:
- Setup Learning Stations in the Library
- Teaching lessons in the Classroom
- Turn teachers into TechStars
Setup Learning Stations in the Library
One great way to teach science using augmented reality is by setting up learning stations in the library where students can interact in pairs or small groups. You can have any combination of the science simulations, digital teaching aids, and virtual field trips setup as learning stations to teach science with Merge EDU:
There are over 100 science simulations in the Merge Explorer app, so whatever the students are learning in their science classroom, there’s an interactive simulation (or two) to go with it!
Depending on device access, you may have students taking turns interacting with the same simulation at each station. You can have students make their own Merge Paper Cube ahead of time if you don’t have enough real Merge Cubes for each student.
Optional: Print the activity plan that corresponds to the topic card and grade level ahead of time, so students can complete them at each station as they explore the simulations.
Digital Teaching Aids
There are over 1,000 hands-on digital teaching aids in the Object Viewer app! Just like the interactive simulations correspond to what students are learning in science, there are also collections of hands-on digital teaching aids in Object Viewer that students can explore!
To continue the space learning stations example, you can set up another station where students can explore space-related collections of digital teaching aids from Merge Object Viewer, like the “Our Solar System” collection.
You can have the students observe, inspect, and explore each digital teaching aid using the Merge Cube, but they can also “place” the object in the real world, and optionally screen record the objects, discussing their properties and how they relate to the topic.
Virtual Field Trips
With the Merge AR/VR Headset and a compatible device, students can go on virtual field trips to travel anywhere in the universe, and experience learning first hand.
In addition to the augmented reality stations where students are learning about space with science simulations and digital teaching aids, you can set up virtual reality stations where students can explore the depths of outer space by traveling there virtually!
Here’s an example of a Virtual Field Trip to Outer Space!
Teaching a Science Lesson in the Classroom
Classroom teachers always appreciate when the school librarian, tech coach, or instructional coach comes into their classroom to teach an amazing lesson.
When you teach a science lesson with Merge EDU, students will be engaged, learn about complex concepts in a concrete way, and will want you to come back to their classroom to teach another lesson again soon!
Getting your devices ready
To get started teaching a science lesson in the classroom with Merge EDU, you will want to make sure you have enough Merge Cubes and compatible devices. Merge EDU works well in the following device situations:
- Small groups
- 1 to 1
If you only have one Merge Cube and one compatible device, don’t worry! You can use a smartboard or projector to share the experience with the whole class.
Teaching the Lesson
Before getting started with the science simulations in Merge Explorer, you may want to provide students with the activity plan that corresponds to their grade level and the topic card they’ll be studying. The activity plan will guide students through the simulations, and will direct them to complete one (or more) assessment options.
You can also select a collection of related digital teaching aids in the Merge Object Viewer app that compliments the lesson and lets the students dive deeper into the content, and will allow students to place digital objects in the real world.
Turn teachers into TechStars
Teachers look to you to show them how to use technology to teach better. With easy-to-follow guides and curriculum-aligned activities, you can help the science teachers on your campus turn into Merge EDU experts in no time!
Here’s how to help classroom teachers get started:
- Tell them to sign up for a Merge EDU Account and Free Trial at MergeEdu.com.
- Make sure they have access to a Merge Cube.
- Show them where to download the Merge EDU apps to access the science simulations and digital teaching aids.
- Help them set up their classes and students on the Merge EDU dashboard.
- Be sure they know where to find all the resources like Activity Plans (and more!) on the Merge Dashboard.
We hope you have a good understanding of the ways Merge EDU can help students learn science while at the same giving them first-hand experience with the technology that will shape their future! And, when you share Merge EDU with other educators, they can learn how it impacts their students' learning today!