VR Hits the Classroom
Virtual reality is expanding into different sectors as people continue to see how it can benefit their lives.
Now VR has hit the classroom at Wells Elementary School in North Carolina. If you were to go into Melinda Lamm’s fifth grade class at Wells Elementary School recently, you wouldn’t see a bunch of students looking at computers, you would see a bunch of students looking through Google Cardboard headsets.
Melinda asked her students, “Ok, where are we now?” The students then said different locations. The students were using a simple virtual reality viewer made by Google, called Google Cardboard. The teacher was able to control the smart phone screens with her table which allowed the students to essentially take a field trip virtually.
The students saw a variety of images from the Planetary Society, The Wildlife Conservation Society and PBS among others.
Google provided all of the necessary equipment to the school to use for the day. Currently, Google is only offering the opportunity to students that are 7 years or older and they require at least 18 unique classes for the virtual reality activity.