The use of in classroom technology is evolving every year, from the introduction of the scientific calculator to desktop computers, interactive whiteboards, laptops and now tablets. But what’s the next educational tool?
Why not Virtual Reality headsets?
With the availability and access to Virtual Reality (VR), the capability of creating an immersive education classroom environment has the capacity to stimulate student learning with an visual and auditory experience. This type of situation can also captivate the previous outliers within the education system to provide a effective individualised learning situations. Just imagine, history being taught by the people who created it, or stepping inside the Pyramids, or visiting constellations from inside a classroom. The captivating possibilities are boundless. Image courtesy of en.wikipedia.org
The development of VR headsets coupled with VR gloves providing haptic-feedback adds a tactile dimension to learning scenario, further stimulating and enhancing the reception and retention of knowledge for all levels of schooling through to university level and further such as a Massive Open Online Course or MOOC for short.
Virtual Reality could replicate technical education that can be accessed anywhere in the world for greatly reduced costs thereby providing access to education for people from lower socio –economic areas and developing countries previously unable to gain access to that level of education.
The advantages of utilising VR for education purposes could have far reach implications that put many people and countries on a level educational field, the disadvantages are the start-up costs, especially ensuring that a steady high speed internet is linked to the student’s location. This however could be a redundant point as Facebook, Google and other companies complete for global internet, but that’s for another blog.
In short, I see VR as being the next step, mainstream education doesn’t often receive the funding to embrace cutting edge educational technology, but VR now more affordable and available than ever before and can be a great tool for educating the next generation of students.