Virtual Reality is the newest technology to enter classrooms. After researching multiple different ways of bringing virtual reality into the class, Google cardboard has the best way. Of course I had to look it up myself, and I am super jealous of what kids today get to learn from. Ty in the UK was able to explore the coral reef in Austrailia!
Then there was Lance who got to look at the Skyscrapers in Burg Khalifa!
Virtual reality in the classroom is really changing exploration for children today. After watching the two short videos you can sort of see what the contraption consists of. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality headset which will immerse you in the video or picture in 360 degrees. There are so many different ways that you can use this in the classroom today! Edtechforbeginners.com gives us 10 ways we can use this in classrooms today. Some of these include watching an education 360 YouTube video, go to Google Earth and explore places in the air, download a guided tour, and much more.
One of the great things about Google cardboard is that it really promotes global learning. The virtual reality technology available to students today opens up endless opportunities to explore areas that may have never been accessible to them. Because Google cardboard is so inexpensive, schools are able to purchase it and use it in their classrooms. In just the two videos you see that students are excited to use these to explore areas that they have not been exposed to and helps them explore their dreams. With this, students can explore the globe and become more aware of different areas and different cultures. It can be useful for teachers to use this as a research tool to explore areas before they interact with students from that area, that way students are better informed.
Virtual reality in the classroom is really benefitting the students. It is giving them opportunites to do something different and explore different areas from the safety of their classroom. Of course virtual reality is not replacing reality in itself, but it is allowing students to go above and beyond what they used to be able to explore.