School isn’t what it used to be. Chalkboards have been replaced with SMART boards. Pencils and paper have become Chromebooks and tablets and in 2020 completely VIRTUAL! It’s only a matter of time before virtual reality education can be found in every home or classroom across the country.
The benefits to this educational approach are endless. Virtual reality brings students to another world, another level of understanding, right inside the classroom. Research shows that with traditional learning, lecture-based has a 5% retention rate, and reading has a 10% retention rate. When you use the method of VR, 70% retention rates,” All students learn at a different pace and in different ways. Some are visual learners, others work best with hands on stimulation or verbal commands. Virtual reality education will help bridge the gap between these students.
Today, students go on virtual field trips to places ranging from the Roman Colosseum in ancient times to outer space to cellular-level passageways inside the human body.
Here are some reasons why schools need to consider & implement this revolutionary form of teaching:
Learning will bring lessons to life!
How many of us have heard these words from a student – “I’m bored.” Teachers work tirelessly to engage students through interactive games and projects, as well as a multitude of other avenues. Oftentimes their efforts fall flat.
To say virtual reality would make class interesting again is an understatement. It would also allow teachers to bring lessons to life. Students would experience hands-on, real life encounters that will prepare them for the future.
Imagine transporting a child to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the sunken wreck of the Titanic or the Great Wall of China? No school budget could sustain these adventures, but virtual reality education can make it happen! Children would now have what would be once-in-a-lifetime experiences available on a daily basis!
Provide more practice for skills training
Virtual reality can also help prepare students for the future workforce by teaching real-life skills. When you are fully immersed so are your eyes and ears. This means you have less distractions from your surroundings which improves focus and ability to learn. A scenario designed around a current lesson on topics such as specialized training, vocational jobs or nursing can be “practiced” and experienced using this technique.
Imagine that you are in a chemistry classroom where the professor wants to explain what would happen if the wrong chemicals were combined. In a regular classroom, that would even be dangerous. However, in a virtual one, such things are allowed. Getting feedback directly after practicing also contributes to leveling up your skills.
Technology is the future
Technology has transformed the classroom in recent years. Students have gone from passive learners to active learners. There’s no denying that in order to be successful in the 21st century, students need efficient technological skills. It’s not often you see a child under the age of 4 that isn’t swiftly navigating a tablet faster than any adult. The benefits of virtual reality are in fact a reality!
Virtual reality helps students focus
One of the major benefits of virtual reality in the classroom is that not only are students immersed in their work, but also they can block out other classroom distractions.
Attention deficit disorder is a rising issue among K–12 schools. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent findings, 5.7 million children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and the rate of diagnoses has continued to rise over the past decade.
With virtual reality headsets, students are forced to interact with their studies by excluding all else, making the technology ideal for educators who work with kids who have varying levels of ADD/ADHD.
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