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

educationdive | May 22, 2019

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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All nations benefit both economically and socially from having a well-educated and skilled population. Independent schools in Australia, through their high quality and their diversity, make a significant contribution to the national interest in having an educated and responsible citizenry. In a geographically dispersed and culturally diverse nation such as Australia, Independent schools play an important role in promoting social cohesion and harmony, by allowing families from different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds to choose schools which enable them to maintain their communities, within a frame of common social values.

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