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Virtual Reality in Schools
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017 07:48 AM

Virtual reality is one of the latest tech inventions making its way into schools. While it may look funny to strap on some goggles and headphones, there are many innovative ways for students to benefit from virtual reality. Read on to learn how your school may use this technology:

Training

In the past, students learned job skills in school, such as typing and how to cooperate with others. Today, secondary education providers may even offer job training via virtual reality. Instead of having students run scenarios to learn about customer service, they may be involved in a VR experience. This tech can help future doctors learn how to perform complicated surgeries by seeing from their point of view. There are thousands of uses for this technology as a way for students to try out and then decide if they want to follow a particular career path. Plus, when they choose, they can use VR to prepare.

Educators will also make use of Virtual Reality as a part of their training. It is a great way to introduce them to games that simulate in-classroom happenings, like how to address different issues or navigate student relationships.

Gaming

One of the most significant uses of VR is entertainment. However, it is not all fun and games. Younger children can use virtual reality as a way to get more involved in educational gaming. Learning how to multiply while wearing VR goggles and running through a maze is far more interactive and fun than merely doing problems on a worksheet. Why not make history prep a virtual reality experience in which kids ride alongside George Washington as he crosses the Delaware or place two lanterns at the top of North Church with Paul Revere? Because VR is immersive, many students can significantly improve their memory for learning new subjects. 

Experiments

Many classrooms are shying away from the age-old use of dissection in biology class and instead turning to virtual reality. In this way, students can still use a scalpel and learn about the insides of a frog or fetal pig but without exposure to formaldehyde. This makes for less work for the teachers and is less costly as the school need not procure and store such materials. Students can even do test tube experiments like mixing different chemicals and avoid the possibility of a messy reaction thanks to VR.


Virtual trips

Field trips offer a hugely important aspect of schooling - learning in person. Students love seeing real dinosaur bones, walking along the path explorers once traveled and seeing real-life examples of what they are studying. Unfortunately, not everyone can attend field trips due to budgets and timing. Virtual reality can make going just about anywhere possible - even traveling through space. Classes can see national parks, different countries and immerse themselves in new cultures thanks to VR in schools. 



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