Many recent studies, including one by Stanford Digital Education1
, have highlighted the promise of extended reality (XR) to effectively teach complex concepts in fields ranging from anatomy to engineering and physics. XR — an umbrella term incorporating augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies — lets learners experience subject matter in ways that are simply not possible with traditional methods, leading to improved understanding and retention. In the United States, XR is being used in universities such as Harvard and Stanford to enhance learning experiences2
K-12 schools in China are using the technology to improve student engagement and learning outcomes3
. Other countries such as Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom are also exploring the use of XR technology in education.
However, XR can often be very broadly defined. This article will discuss a specific extended reality solution for K-12 education from Illumetry IO and Varwin Education, and its potential impact on the educational process.