In a world where students are unable to go to school due to barriers that are financial, geographical, and societal to name a few, virtual reality will see a rise to prominence as an answer to the plea of many young individuals. It’s only a matter of time until schools across the world begin implementing the use of virtual reality in classrooms. Although, full integration into a school curriculum might require extensive oversight and regulatory committees, the potential benefits and possibilities of VR will override any doubt or hesitation to provide students the gateway into a world of education that knows no limits.
Students can be divided into two categories that are each served uniquely with virtual reality.
Group 1 (Necessity): Virtual reality will create the bridge to knowledge for students who don’t have access to an educational system.
Group 2 (Enhancement): Virtual reality can improve the existing experience of students who may rely fully on text and visual representation (images and video) for an understanding of the world around them.
The potential benefits of virtual field trips has teased educators for some time now. Virtual reality can give schools the chance to provide an immersive learning experience without the additional cost and logistics needed to run a full-scale operation. Students who can’t afford to go on extensive trips would be accommodated, given the fact that no traveling, booking or deposit is needed to take part.
“Teachers can interact with students to capture their full attention through the VR experience”
VR can provide a huge range of educational benefits. As it is completely immersive, in terms of video and audio, students will be able to take advantage of learning by both sight and sound while being locked in a world that is far different to the one they are in now. For students who have a short attention span, this is ideal, as the experience is so immersive that instances of lapses in concentration will be the result of creative thought or new synapses.
In VR, students will be able to venture out into space, Medieval England, the World Wars and even walking on the moon, so instead of learning from a text book, they can feel as though they are actually there themselves. Not only is this unforgettable, but it will make students excited to learn. The introduction of virtual worlds where students can interact in a world that is separate from ours might create a new type of social encounter where people will experience first-hand virtual encounters. Students will get to interact with kids from all over the world despite real life barriers they may be experiencing. Although this type of virtual world doesn’t exist, the technology is moving fast in that direction.
Students often experience some degree of stress when it comes to field trips and it is also very stressful for parents as well. After all, with the deposit, the traveling, the groups of friends and more can make it almost impossible for some students to enjoy themselves fully. With VR, students are given a 360-degree field of view with vertical parameters. This, combined with audio immersion creates a learning experience unlike any other, and they will be able to get closer to the educational viewpoints in question without ever having to step foot outside the classroom. Additionally, individualized experiences will result in increased independent thinking and autonomy.
Virtual Reality will ultimately improve student experiences and provide a new avenue of education that the world has not seen yet.