Virtual reality, or VR, is taking off in education with an increasing number of schools adopting the technology.make
VR allows students to experience destinations from across the world without ever having to leave the classroom. Imagine students being able to explore the pyramids of giza whilst sat at their desks. This is what virtual reality education allows.
Most people have heard of virtual reality (VR) but many people do not know what it is or how it is used in learning and education.
VR refers to interactive content (images or videos) which enables the viewer to explore the entire 360 degrees of a scene.
Take a look at a short VR video of Roche Abbey in Yorkshire, below. You can click or drag across the video to view the entire scene.
How does it work?
A type of VR known as 360VR is most commonly us in education. With this type of VR, real-world locations are captured with specialist cameras and equipment.
The footage is then taken back to the studio where it is produced into VR content.
The VR content can then view on VR headsets or projecte onto walls in what are known as immersive classrooms.
360VR can use in education to teach pupils about the world around them. What’s more, virtual reality has a unique ability to inspire and engage students.
Students can experience locations that would not possible or too expensive to visit in person.
In this way, VR can open a whole new world of possibilities to teachers and schools.
How can make virtual reality improve education?
Virtual reality can improve education providing students with memorable and immersive experiences that would otherwise not possible.
What’s more, it can all take place within the classroom.
VR is accessible to every student and can easily monitored teachers.
Virtual experiences have the power to engage and inspire students in a unique and powerful way.
Given the growth of VR within education, and the positive response from schools,
we wouldn’t surprised if VR made it onto the curriculum at some point in the future.
Curriculum aligned content and structured VR lesson plans have already develop and are available in the UK.
How can virtual reality help students?
There are so many ways in which virtual reality can help students but the main points are below:
1. Students learn better through experience
VR provides students an opportunity to learn through experience,
in contrast to the traditional methods of reading and writing.
2. VR has the ability to inspire
Being able to see and experience extraordinary locations within the classroom is completely unique to VR and it is inspirational to students.
3. VR sparks the imagination and encourages creative thinking
The immersive experience that VR provides is unparalleled in teaching.
Students are “transported” out of the classroom and their imagination is allowed to flourish.
4. VR in education promotes peer interaction
Throughout the VR experience, students are encouraged to interact with each other. Afterwards, they are eager to share their thoughts and discuss their experiences.
5. VR engages students
Many students get bored with classic teaching methods.
The modern technology of VR gets students’ attention like nothing else
. We find that students instantly want to try out the VR.