Virtual Reality & Education

I’ve recently been exploring ideas on how to implement virtual reality videos into the classroom. There are actually plenty of 360 videos on Youtube right now (you can just search 360 videos to find them), but I was struggling to find how educators have put them to use until I discovered Monica Burns’ blog post about virtual reality.

According to Monica Burns, here our some great places to start with virtual reality videos:

1) The New York Times Virtual Reality App — they provide content and news resources through the app

2) Nearpod Virtual Reality Lessons —  My students love Nearpod! They have a large selection of interactive lessons

3) CNN Virtual Reality Videos

I find engagement to be high through these lessons. Students love the feeling of being in the action and these virtual reality videos (especially with the VR cardboard or other VR equipment) allow students to move within the world they are studying. It’s truly a powerful tool.

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