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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Author of The Future Learners Jeff Selingo takes a look at the role technology has played in shaping the world view of the next generation of higher education students.Institutions need to understand the motivations of these new sets of students and create programs and services to serve them. This process will require institutions to think of students more broadly as learners, who might associate with the campus or its curriculum in limited ways rather than enroll as a full-time student.

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Author of The Future Learners Jeff Selingo takes a look at the role technology has played in shaping the world view of the next generation of higher education students.Institutions need to understand the motivations of these new sets of students and create programs and services to serve them. This process will require institutions to think of students more broadly as learners, who might associate with the campus or its curriculum in limited ways rather than enroll as a full-time student.

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