Virtual reality, or VR, is taking off in education with an increasing number of schools adopting the technology. VR creates an entire digital environment, a 360-degree, immersive user experience that feels real. In a VR setting, students can interact with what they see as if they were really there. Today, students go on virtual trips to places ranging from the Roman Colosseum in ancient times to outer space to cellular-level passageways inside the human body.
In addition to providing students with immersive learning experiences, other benefits of virtual reality in education include the ability to inspire students’ creativity and spark their imaginations. And this can motivate them to explore new academic interests. AR and VR in education also helps students struggling to understand difficult academic concepts. The benefits of virtual reality in education go beyond academics as well to include cultural competence, the ability to understand another person’s culture and values—an important skill in today’s interconnected, global society. These can improve student outcomes like academic scores, memory retention, and retention, too.
A type of VR known as 360 VR is most commonly used 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 be viewed on VR headsets or projected onto walls in what are known as immersive classrooms.
360 VR can be used 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 be possible or too expensive to visit in person. In this way, VR can open a whole new world of possibilities to teachers and schools.
You are in the driver’s seat, so you determine the length. For primary students, we recommend shorter sessions considering their “attention span”, for middle schoolers, a 2-hour session is ideal. In regards to trip length, you must really know your students, their interest level and ability to focus for any length of time. If a VR program is on the longer side, we recommend breaking it into small parts over a series of days. Ultimately, it’s up to you, but you do want to make sure it’s beneficial to your students.
Unlimited! Should you need to accommodate larger groups, let our representatives know. We have an inventory of 1000+ headsets and ordered for more. We can offer multiple tours per school.
There is a huge demand for our VR Programs. Please submit your initial request at least 2 weeks before the desired program date. We appreciate as much advance notice as possible!
Each one-hour program will focus on two to three topics. By focusing on a selection of topics, students will have time to consider and discuss each topic in depth.
During the virtual program, the instructor/guide will ask students open-ended questions to help start conversations and foster exploration.
These questions will have many possible answers and will help students look more closely and make their own discoveries about the topics.
Teachers can also incorporate activities throughout the program to encourage engagement with the topic. These activities may be based in drawing, writing, or physical movement and will involve basic materials such as pens, pencils, and paper.
Yes! Throughout the program your educator will present students with open-ended questions and prompt them to respond with their thoughts. Instructors/guides will also facilitate small activities throughout the program.
Our VR programs are available for K-12 students. We will be in touch in advance of the program for information about your students’ specific needs. Please feel free to share any information you think will be useful to best accommodate your students.
Though we have a huge library of thematic VR programs that you can choose from. We can also offer a completely customized VR program to make specific connections with your curriculum. Our experts are more than happy to discuss your specific needs and your overall hopes for the program ahead of time.
The most important thing you can do when planning for a VR program is to make sure it is relevant to what you are learning and remember not everything needs to be taught via a VR program. Like anything, it will lose its luster if you overdo it.
Take time to discuss the elements of a VR program with our experts and determine if they are right for you and your students!