Virtual Reality (VR) is the newest in everyday electronic gaming entertainment for kids. But, did you know it can be used for educational purposes as well?
If you haven’t yet been exposed to VR, dictionary.com defines it as "the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors." Perhaps that sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but once you experience it, it becomes more real than ever.
Students using VR absorb information much faster through the 3D environment, and it makes the experience fun and engaging. So, even though school is out for summer, it's a great time for a learning adventure with VR.
In a recent demonstration with junior high schoolers, it was priceless to watch the students' reactions to what they saw through the VR headsets. They experienced Angel Falls in Venezuela, Mount Rushmore, the International Space Station and more. Looking through a headset is like experiencing the environment as if you are actually there. It takes you into a whole other world.
Nex-Tech has a product option for schools to invest in VR. But don't wait until then; you can find headsets through various retail outlets and start experimenting at home. YouTube has a virtual reality channel containing hundreds of videos for public enjoyment. So, go on! Get geared up and start exploring adventures you’ve never even dreamed of.