As the 21st century continues to dawn on, the need for all of us to adapt to our technology’s changing tools will continue to increase. With the advent of virtual reality systems, the markings of a dream world within a world will gradually leak its way into different industries — one of which takes place in childhood education.
Understanding the tools will aid both generations — young and new — in adapting to our technology’s increasing demands. And with that, here are some useful pointers that should get your classroom heading in the right technological direction.
The Virtual Learning Environment – Endless Possibilities
A virtual learning environment grants its learners with the ability to role play and experience various situations. This unlimited feature will allow students to experience different scenarios involving, for example, safety instructions for what to do when experiencing a fire.
Unlike the past, where we would give students loose guidelines and imitate the event, we now have the ability to grant them with the second most realistic event on the planet in the virtual realm.
The virtual learning environment will also continue to expand into areas beyond education, such as the very workforce which we are preparing our students for.
Understanding 360 Videos
The ability to transport our students into a completely different surrounding has changed the way that we can teach them positive empathetic attributes. For example, CNN now has the ability to immerse its viewers in a 360 representation of the event that took place. Other 360 video types — one of which includes YouTube — will also improve our students’ critical thinking skills at groundbreaking speed.
As this article mentions, reading about a current event and experiencing from all angles are two very different educational realities. We should not tread lightly with this power. Its ability to transform our culture’s youth can be both a blessing and a curse.
Virtual Field Trips
Other mediums, such as 360 YouTube videos and immersive field trips are also leaking onto the scene. Mobile apps that take us through various wildlife parks prove flexible in illustrating different sequential events for our students.
Want to take your students to a barren desert to study the barren climate? A voluminous mountain range filled with peaks and valleys, perhaps? The power lies in your hands with these tools.
Virtual Reality Tools
To wrap things up, here are some virtual tools that you instantly get started in your classroom:
– Interactive Panel Display
– Low-cost headset
– View-Master Headsets (individualized use)
– Nearpod (preset virtual reality lessons)
– Discovery Channel VR
– Google Cardboard
– 360 YouTube videos
– Teleport 360 Editor
– Oculus Rift