We have delved into the worlds of VR in filmmaking and VR within the sports industry – now it’s time to take a look at how virtual reality is used within education and how it could actually benefit teaching and learning throughout schools in the UK.
A brief intro to VR
You might be experienced with VR and this rapidly growing technology, but for many in the education industry, they are only just being introduced to VR and its many benefits. Simply put, VR (not to be confused with AR) allows users to experience a real-life scenario at the hands of a VR device. This virtual experience proves very real for many, which is why it’s becoming so effective within the education industry.
When virtual reality meets education
68% of teachers have expressed an interest in VR in the classroom to improve education for their students. However, few schools in the UK are utilising the technology just yet. Some universities have been lucky enough to incorporate VR into their curriculum, as have Sevenoaks School (an independent school in Kent).
VR in lessons at school can allow children to experience a subject and really get involved, rather than simply learning about it. Studies have shown that many students learn better by physical involvement (kinesthetic learning) rather than by verbal instruction and writing. Sevenoaks School have even noticed an increased desire to learn at the hands of VR, with students showing a keen interest to get involved.
At the moment, there are a number of virtual reality education apps out there. Some of the most popular choices include Discovery VR (from the Discovery Channel) and Unimersiv – an app that allows students to explore historical places, the human body and outer space. However, VR in education is still very much in its early stages.
What are the advantages of virtual reality for teaching and learning?
There are many benefits to virtual reality in education for both teachers and their pupils.
Individual, tailored learning
All students learn at a different pace despite attempts to group similar students together in sets. As VR headsets are independent to each student, courses and apps can be tailored specifically to their needs within the class. This could be beneficial for all students, including those with learning difficulties, by allowing them to learn at their own pace.
VR could be a cheaper and safer option
The cost of class trips can be expensive – especially if the children are learning about Ancient Rome (flights to the Italian capital don’t come cheap). Virtual trips could have the same benefits without the added cost. VR is also a safe environment for children to learn and teachers don’t have to worry about the safety of the children on the trip.
Boosts social integration
Kids can’t always bond and integrate within the classroom, particularly when listening to the teacher or reading educational material. In some classes, quiet time and independent learning is even encouraged. However, VR is a great way of getting everyone in the classroom active and involved, creating a bond between students.
Are you ready to invest in VR?
Whether you’re buying a VR headset for personal use or educational use, you’ll want to ensure it’s safe and protected. Take a look at our virtual reality headset case range, covering many popular VR headsets, to keep your new device safe from any potential damage. They’re even waterproof and dustproof!
Not sure where to start with your VR device, never mind VR case? Read our guide to the Oculus Rift, one of the more popular VR devices.