How VR In Education Will Change How We Teach


Much of conventional education is about providing students with facts for them to remember. This is usually done with books, films or lectures. While this can be effective in some ways, it does limit the potential for learning. 

As a technology, Virtual Reality is usually associated with entertainment. However, it has a lot of potential to improve education. With the right equipment and a VR app, the possibilities are close to limitless. 

The Benefits Of Using VR In Education 

Part of what makes VR great for entertainment is what also makes it a good fit for education. VR is engaging and experiential. When in a VR simulation, it is like experiencing the content in the real world. For many students, this will be much more effective than reading about something in a book or watching a film.

A VR learning program can be developed to put students in a place or to give them experience with applying different skills. It’s like the difference between reading about ancient Rome and taking a tour of the ancient city. It could also be the difference between being told how something works and seeing it in action.

VR can also provide an emotional hook for educational content. When you read about something or see it on a screen, it can be difficult to connect with the subject matter. When a student feels like they are seeing or experiencing something firsthand, it can provide a much stronger connection. This can not only improve a student’s ability to retain information, it can make subjects easier for them to understand.

VR could also be a way to get students excited about learning. In one survey, 93% of teachers said they believe students would be excited to use VR in class. In the same survey, 83% of teachers said they think VR in education could help to improve learning outcomes and 72% said it would be useful to simulate experiences relevant to the learning materials.

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VR Field Trips

Field trips can be a great way to enhance learning for students. With that said, most schools have a very limited number of options for educational places to take children. With VR, this limitation can be overcome. 

With the right VR software, students can visit places from all over the world without having to leave the classroom. They won’t even have to be limited by time or the bounds of the planet. They could visit other times in history or travel to other planets in the solar system.

Google Expeditions already offers these types of experiences for students. With this VR app, students can tour locations across the world, travel to the bottom of the sea or see locations on Mars as if they are really there.

Practical Learning

Most people know that is easier to learn by doing. Schools can provide this experience in some cases, but there can be limitations concerning resources or safety. VR in education can offer the same type of hands-on experience without the worry for resources or safety.

As one example, schools could use a VR science lab to perform experiments that would not be practical to perform in reality. Along with that, you can teach them skills about things like engineering, building, farming and more with a VR classroom.

Collaborative Learning

Another great thing about using VR in education is that you could put a group of students in the same program together. They could explore VR tours as a team and find different locations or objects in the location as a challenge. You could also use art or design programs to give them projects to complete together in the VR environment. 

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Putting students together in a collaborative VR environment would not only be good for teaching them the facts, but it can also work to teach them how to work together. They could learn about science while building their teamwork skills or develop creatively while learning how to make decisions together about a design.

VR is a new technology for education. It is not as common right now, but that should change in the future. As the technology develops, the hardware and software will get more affordable, and that will encourage more schools to experiment with VR in education.

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Education born and bred. I have worked as a teacher for many private language schools, as a test centre administrator, as a teacher trainer, as an educational consultant, and as a publisher. I am an advocate for literacy and a huge proponent of using technology in the classroom. I mostly write about English Language Teaching. I live in Oxford.


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