Education is Being Transformed by VR
I was fascinated the other day as I watched this video about why all maps are wrong. If you look at the description it says “Making accurate world maps is mathematically impossible.” All I could think was… well, it’s not impossible in virtual reality. Virtual reality mapping allows for the correct sizing, accurate latitude and longitude and dimension right now using Google Earth VR.
Not only can they see an accurate map of the world, but more than that they can interact with the world. Students can zoom in and out and explore. Virtual reality gives them an experience, instead of a lesson. In virtual reality students can be immediately engaged in an individual experience that helps them not only learn, but allows them to build their interest in a personal way.
There are many people talking about how education is being transformed by VR. Teachers and administrators are realizing the power virtual reality can have on their students learning. On Twitter, educators are using the hashtags #ARVRinEDU and #VREDUchat to discuss the uses of VR in education and new stuff comes up every day.
Right now, most educators are developing stand alone applications that are focused on allowing students individual experiences with things that we couldn’t do in real lift like outer space or, my personal favorite, the inside of the body. I can’t wait to see what other things come of this work.
Figure 1: Picture of DNA cell in The Body VR
Virtual Learning WorkSpace
It is a shame that after all this immersive learning is happening students take off their headsets and go back to a 2D computer to write about them. How much better would it be if students were having these experiences and then analyzing and internalizing it in an immersive learning workspace that took advantage of that virtual space all around them?
vSpatial is an immersive workspace to get work done, especially if your work is learning right now. In our initial release we are focused on allowing students the opportunity to open screens all around them. When doing research and writing, I often have many tabs open, but I loose things. With a virtual learning window for each tab, they can have the data all around them to analyze and write about.
Students will be able to also browse through their computer in virtual reality space and open up documents and other files directly in VR. We are gradually adding support for more and more file types and expect to be able to support immersive media in the future. Teachers will be able to have students log into their learning portal like Blackboard and run files directly in a learning environment and build out their own immersive learning experiences for them.
VR also opens up the world for collaboration like never before. We were all enamored when we could video conference with students on the other side of the world. Imagine if we can be in the same classroom together pointing and things and interacting with one another.
We are very excited for the future and what VR can bring to the education market. How do you think you could use vSpatial and other VR apps for your classroom? Let us know on social media!