At Canberra Grammar School in the Australian Capital Territory, students are able to walk through an ancient building, witness the inner workings of the human heart and look inside a molecule – all without leaving the classroom. This immersive, experiential learning is made possible by Microsoft HoloLens, an interactive ‘mixed-reality’ hologram technology that merges the real and virtual worlds and is the world’s first untethered holographic computer.

HoloLens produces new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects can co-exist and interact in real time. Its potential for teaching and learning is huge.

“Educators have known for a long time that learning by doing is a really strong way of learning,” says Ray Fleming, Education Solutions Lead at Microsoft. “Over the last few years, we’ve seen many schools take up using software like Minecraft as way of immersing students into a virtual world for new learning experiences.

It’s very valuable, but still operating through a screen interface. Mixed-reality technology presents an exciting opportunity for teaching and learning because it allows students to experience something in a fully immersive way.” Nicolas Charritton, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, agrees.

“The imagination is the limit – let’s say you’re studying mammals and you want to see the biggest mammal in the world, the blue whale, living in its own environment. You could be immersed into that inner experience and swim with them underwater while you’re in the classroom,” says Charritton. Read more from…

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