Augmented Reality as an outstanding tool for learning the periodic table!
The periodic table not only allows students to understand both the chemical elements and their behavior but it also helps them understand the behavior of the elements that are theoretical or yet to be discovered. This table is a foundation of modern chemistry (Marcin M. Chrzanowski et al.); therefore, several techniques have been developed to facilitate learning and memorizing the chemical elements and Augmented Reality is a brand new one. Even educational video game as well as physical card games are used to add intractability to the nature of learning the periodic table and benefit from the entertaining factor (V. Javier Traver et al.). However, as interactive as games might be, the ball-and-stick model is still the first tool that comes to mind for understanding chemical and biological behaviors of the elements because you can show numerous actions and reactions and explain the behavior in your desired way. The only problem with the traditional ball-and-stick model is that you cannot use them properly in online classrooms.
Even before COVID-19 pandemic many some people and scholars thought the traditional method of teaching and learning will be eradicated in the future, but after the pandemic hit the global education systems, the role of e-learning became an essential part of education (Z Mseleku). Using the periodic table in AR brings realizes the 3D models of the elements and adds the factor of entertainment to the whole idea to make it both educative and fun. After all, it was Benjamin Franklin who said “Tell me, and I will listen; teach me, and I'll remember; involve me, and I will learn”. Augmented Reality is an outstanding tool for getting people to engage, experience and learn the periodic table.
Most of the chemical structures of the elements in the periodic table are pretty simple; therefore, you don't need to be a professional designer to make your own periodic table. First, you need a designing software (e.g. blender) to create a 3D model of the chemical elements; you can easily learn how to make the shapes you want through watching a short tutorial video on YouTube. The second step is to place the link of the 3D model of a periodic table element on ARindu.com. Then users can easily access the model by scanning a code. Needless to say, you can create a large model for your entire table and let fellow teachers or learners enjoy teaching and learning in an interactive way.
“We should not ignore the use of interactive technology used as it should be, as a tool, to enhance sound pedagogical methods” (Mohamed Ibrahim & Osama Al-Shara-2007). It was a statement made long before the pandemic, e-learning methods or emergence of developed AR, yet it couldn’t be more pertinent. Using a 3D model along with ARindu AR provides one of the most interactive experiences that is easy, effective and fun. Plus, you can always use the platform to teach and learn other interning structures and learning materials. If you want to learn more about how Arindu can help the learning and teaching process, read more about it in Arindu for Learning and Education. on the other hand, you can always download Arindu AR application for free and discover new ideas yourself