As VR use grows in K-12, researchers consider its impact on children

educationdive | May 22, 2019

As VR use grows in K-12, researchers consider its impact on children
Last school year, Elenisa Vasquez led a pilot initiative in the Laredo (Texas) Independent School District (LISD) to incorporate virtual reality (VR) technology into instruction for elementary and middle school students at two schools.The program has been viewed as so successful that this year it expanded to include all 20 elementary schools and four middle schools. Each school has a classroom set of 20 RobotLAB VR devices preloaded with the Google Expeditions, Discovery and Cardboard Camera apps."My goal was to prove how well it can bolster the curriculum we already have," said Vasquez, a digital learning facilitator for LISD. Even in kindergarten, students are strapping on headsets and using Expeditions to visit the San Diego Zoo after learning about animals. And in 2nd grade, a virtual trip to Antarctica followed a classroom lesson that included a nonfiction reading about penguins. As they became immersed in the penguins' environment, students used vocabulary words and terms they learned in the lesson, Vasquez said.

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This whitepaper will examine how Möbius Assessment, the online testing and assessment system from DigitalEd, enables STEM educators to fully leverage automated assessment in meaningful ways.Online testing and assessment has opened up great opportunities for the modern educator. Good automated assessment tools can help consolidate student understanding, support self-directed learning, give instructors more time to focus on other teaching tasks, make it easier to manage growing class sizes, and much more.

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