New Zealand's government will implement virtual reality into all schools for the upcoming year and that's an amazing news! Education should be constantly developing. Our world changes fast and education has to catch up with the general pace and adopt new, better ways to teach. One of the most progressive and promising technologies of today is virtual reality. Let’s take a closer look at how technology will transform the classroom into a more a positive environment.
1. Engagement increase
Studying is boring. Many remember their school years as a series of never ending lessons with an occasional flash of interest in a chemistry lab. Virtual reality changes the very attitude of students who, by default, view studying as a necessary evil.
An immersive experience is a completely new and fascinating way to present material, practice new skills and have fun at the same time. Virtual environments are highly flexible and allow the opportunity for educators to create custom solutions for their schools and subjects. This enables them to achieve maximum engagement and motivate students in their pursuit of knowledge. The teachers of New Zealand won't hear the "boring" word again!
2. Easy access
Education is the right and privilege of every person. However, some people have limited access for many reasons like disability, special needs or distance. Virtual reality is a great solution to all these issues.
Students with special needs require a special approach. It is a well-known fact that teachers are in a constant search of better ways to educate such children and introduce the world to them. Virtual reality can be a useful tool in this process.
Distance education is a better choice for some. And for others, it is a necessity. Virtual reality is an answer for all of them. Instead of sitting in front of a computer reading or video chatting, students can get a full impression of being in a classroom.
3. Better way to practice
Theory is nothing without practice. But being able to make a typical experiment in a school lab completely different is to experience something massive and exciting. Virtual reality allows students how to experiment with things they don’t have access to at school or transform a usual practical lesson to a whole new level.
Many of the skills that students want to master may be potentially dangerous or impossible to conduct at school. In such cases, the necessary environment can be simulated virtually: driving, car mechanics, chemical experiments, first aid. These experiences have great educational value, and can be conducted in a virtual environment. This allows students to see for themselves how everything works and improve their skills1.
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