Virtual Reality’s potential to transform teaching and learning

2020 is going to be a big year for Virtual Reality. It has been in the news for quite a while now with new technology coming out each day and the recently announced fully wireless headset Oculus Quest. 

Virtual Reality is going to change the way we do things, the way we live, the way we play and much more. It’s not just going to be used for gaming but it can be adapted into every field of work.

Exploring places where we can’t reach

 In Virtual Reality, we can do many things we can’t do in real life. Such as exploring space without a spacesuit, swimming without any breathing equipment, and even flying when we don’t have wings, therefore Virtual Reality is an excellent classroom aid. We know learning is more effective when the person is actively engaged in the activities. 
 
PlantEnergy is currently developing a Virtual Plant Cell which the learner to go exploring at the cell level. Everything you see is what’s happening in real life plant cells. Learning about photosynthesis in front of your eyes. Some people have a hard time learning about what cells are and other science topics, therefore stepping into virtual reality and exploring it first hand might give them a better understanding. 

Virtual Reality is for everyone

Virtual Reality is not just for learning, it’s about what Virtual Reality can help people to achieve in other areas too. Virtual Reality can be used for learning new things, others might use it to play casual games. While pilots might use it to control robots to reach places we can’t reach. It can be used to simulate high-risk task such as flying a big plane and even practice performing surgery on people in virtual reality.

In conclusion, Virtual has the potential to bring many unfamiliar and new learning experiences in the classroom. It will help learn things faster and understand more complicated concepts, or even bring a new social aspect of it to people.

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