In 1990, the number of credits earned by high school students in career and technical education (CTE) fields exceeded that of social studies, science and math. By 2009, however, the number of credits earned in CTE courses had substantially dropped. To really prepare students for today’s workforce and economy, it's essential to reverse this trend. Utilizing mixed reality in the classroom may be the key to accomplishing this goal.
Students in CTE-focused classes tend to perform better with hands-on learning. Mixed reality technologies - combining elements of virtual and augmented reality - allow students to have interactive and lifelike learning experiences. Here are just a few of the possibilities in CTE fields:
- 3D Modeling: Students can get hands-on experience in 3D modeling, an increasingly important skill set to have. Some mixed reality solutions even allow models created by students to be sent to 3D printers.
- Engineering Design Process: Students can view and interact with 3D engineering designs. They can also start creating their own designs to get real-world experience in the field.
- Medical Knowledge: Mixed reality lets students do everything from virtually dissecting a heart to working with animated musculoskeletal interactions. This invaluable experience was previously unavailable to most K12 students.
- Automotive & Aviation Repair/Maintenance: Students can actually manipulate virtual projections of the inner workings of automobiles and airplanes. This provides first-hand experience without stepping foot into a garage or hangar.
By giving students hands-on experience, teachers can help prepare students for college and 21st century careers.
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