AS K THRU 12 VR USE GROWS, RESEARCHERS CONSIDER ITS IMPACT ON CHILDREN

| January 22, 2020

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Virtual reality technology is only just starting to find its way into K-12 classrooms across the globe, so there isn’t much long-term data to sift through when it comes to the impact that such augmented reality technologies can have on the development of young learners. With no real way to tell of potentially positive or negative long-term side effects to such immersion for young learners, experts are asking teachers, administrators and parents to step back a bit and consider the general well-being of young learners.

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