Curated Collection

Topic: Virtual Reality helping education in classrooms from a beneficial and cost effective standpoint

1. Michael Bodekaer: This virtual lab will revolutionize science class

This TED talk video describes how this Virtual Reality lab can be utilized by students to preform experiments, that cannot be performed in schools, with mathematical equations that would simulate what would happen in a real-world lab.

“We basically set out to create a fully simulated, one-to-one, virtual reality laboratory simulator, where the students could perform experiments with mathematical equations that would simulate what would happen in a real-world lab”

I think that this Virtual Reality lab can be utilized by schools everywhere by performing experiments that may be too expensive or dangerous to do in person. I believe that with this technology, people can make further advancements in the medical field which will better society immensely. I also think this Virtual Reality lab can be utilized by those who have an interest in science but who may not be able to pursue it directly.

2. When Virtual Reality Meets Education

This article explains how Virtual Reality can be utilized in schools for teachers to “take” their students to different geographic areas and time periods which creates a better understanding of the subject being taught.

“This global distribution of VR content and access will undoubtedly influence a pedagogical shift as these new technologies allow a literature teacher in Chicago to “take” her students to Verona to look at the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, or a teacher in the Bronx to “bring” her Ancient Civilizations class to the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.”

I think that this application of Virtual Reality will provide students, like myself, a better understanding of the subject matter being taught. This Virtual Reality experience allows student to place themselves inside the time period or area that is being discussed. This will further allow the student to receive a real-world (although fake) understanding of what they are learning about, without jumping back in time or leaving the classroom.

3. Real Change Through Virtual Reality | David Sackman | TEDxEastEnd

This TED talk by David Sackman allows viewers to utilize Virtual Reality to solve worldwide problems of human behavior: equality, empowerment, health, psychological well-being and the environment.

“My interests are in the use of Virtual Reality to change human behavior, to make the world a better place”

After watching this TED talk by David Sackman, I believe that the use of Virtual Reality can be implemented in to everyone’s understanding of the world. David Sackman explains a single situation where Virtual Reality puts you in a forest of large redwood trees. The Virtual Reality machine shows how the simple act of creating paper causes deforestation, then you are given a saw and supposed to “cut down” two of the redwood trees. As the trees fall, birds scatter everywhere and the screen goes black. I think that if this scenario was taught in the classroom, people would reconsider their own waste of paper, and change the environmental behavior.

4. How our school is using Virtual Reality to prepare pupils for a future dominated by technology –Graeme Lawrie

This article describes how Virtual Reality in the classroom can provide students with an opportunity to engage in a subject matter through a variety of learning styles.

“We are moving away from simply ‘learning’ a subject or topic to ‘feeling’ the content. This is not simply an engagement tool or a gimmick, it allows a student to explore, to experience or to be involved in something, as if they are actually present in that environment or place.”

After reading this article by Graeme Lawrie, I think that the implementation of Virtual Reality will better our education by giving us a false sense of real-life situations which cannot be understood through basic lessons given by a teacher. The idea of “hearing” and “seeing” and object is a more constructive way of learning rather than having it be explained to you.

5. How Can Schools Use Virtual Reality?

This article explains how physical and economic restrictions will not hinder a student’s ability to travel to locations, and when paired with a teacher’s lesson plan, will create a better understanding of the subject matter.

“the value of VR goes far beyond history lessons and that it’s a tool for egalitarianism.”

This article highlights the main idea that Virtual Reality allows “students who might not be able to travel due to economic or physical limitations” will be able to “visit” and learn about areas around the world to better their education. I think that this is especially helpful in schools because it diminishes the cost, time, and ability for teachers to take field trips to places like the Great Wall of China or The Great Barrier Reef. I also admire how Google is providing these basic tools and areas to travel in a cost effective way, while still allowing the teachers enough room to teach their students about a particular place or subject.