Virtual reality technology is slowing making its way into classrooms and colleges around the world. One primary school in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, is currently experimenting with this particular concept. They even go as far as providing VR lessons, although they are relatively brief and not too difficult to comprehend, for the time being.
VR Lessons in Primary School
Not everyone is a supporter of introducing VR technology in the classroom, This is especially true when it comes to younger children. The full impact of virtual reality on the mind and body remains unclear at this time. It may even cause mental issues for children, which is something that needs to be avoided at all times.
In Eindhoven’s Trinoom primary school, a gamble has been taken. More specifically, the school currently experiments with VR lessons to enhance world orientation in young children. A batch of dedicated VR headsets has made its way to the primary school, where they will be used sporadically throughout the school year. All experiences and lessons make use of Google’s software and tools to transport children to a new virtual world.
As one would expect, this VR experiment serves an educational purpose first and foremost. Trinoom workers are convinced virtual reality can help children gain new insights and absorb more information. Moreover, it makes for a far more enjoyable experience compared to traditional lessons. Making information easier to remember is always an option worth looking into.
To ensure this new way of teaching could be explored, the primary school had to allocate part of its budget.. Buying thirty VR headsets and the associated software is not cheap under any circumstances. If this trial proves to be successful, further opportunities involving virtual reality may be explored. It is another positive development for this rather struggling industry.
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