Virtual Reality (VR) has only been around for a few years, but it’s already had a fantastic effect on the technology industry.
VR is not just limited to gaming, as we know it today – VR offers so much more than simple entertainment. With its stunning visuals and ability to immerse users in different worlds or scenarios, VR has become a medium that is extremely useful in education, for example.
This innovative approach to learning has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, and it’s only expected to get better with time.
So if you’re wondering what types of educational activities can be carried out using VR technology, the answer is ‘all of them.’ Here are five exciting ways that VR can be used in education.
- Virtual Tours Of Historical Sites
Anyone who’s had the privilege of walking around historic buildings or visiting famous landmarks will know how unique these experiences are. However, not everyone has the time to make the trip; some would argue it’s even more special if you’ve never visited before. Luckily, VR can help give us a virtual tour of historical places in this situation. This way, students who cannot make the trip will still have the opportunity to explore these sites virtually and learn more about them before they even step outside.
- Classroom-based Learning
Although not all schools may have the financial capability of supplying VR headsets to every student, there are other ways that this technology can be used to enhance the learning experience.
One exciting example is the use of StreetView VR – allowing students to virtually explore locations and become familiar with different parts of the world.
Students can view 3D models of objects or locations using Google Cardboard and similar headsets – they can also interact with simulations and visualizations through a computer screen.
- Bring Historical Figures And Characters To Life
VR can also be used to create virtual re-enactments or interactive scenarios that put users right into the middle of some of history’s greatest moments.
Students will learn more about historical events, and they will also be able to learn more about the emotions and feelings associated with them.
For example, one museum in San Jose uses this technology to bring Abraham Lincoln back to life, allowing students never liked before to speak with him (virtually) and ask all of their burning questions.
- Provide Virtual Field Trips
As mentioned above, not all students are fortunate enough to take field trips into the great outdoors. The beauty of VR technology is that it can bring the wonders of nature, for example, right into the classroom.
This way, students will get a chance to explore different parts of their local area and see places they may never have had the opportunity to visit otherwise.
- Create Virtual Role-Playing Scenarios
This could be a fantastic opportunity to improve and polish students’ social skills and enhance their learning experience – by putting them into different situations that they may encounter in the real world, such as communicating with colleagues or working together towards a common goal.
Students will learn how to react in different situations and discuss their feelings through virtual reality simulations. With time, they will also enhance these skills through further interaction with the virtual world.
These are just some of how VR technology can be used to enhance the learning experience. It’s expected to get better as content creators and hardware manufacturers continue investing more and more time and resources into this exciting new field.