By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Careers in STEM are the next best thing: as a matter of fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, jobs in STEM will increase by up to 30 percent by 2022, a dramatic increase over the average industry projection of just 11 percent in the past years.
With that being said, it’s time to think more about using virtual reality in education; as education officials are seeing an increase in the opportunity that will help bring STEM learning to life for today’s middle, and high school students.
By presenting a complete view of the world by use of virtual reality, teachers can help offer a new opportunity to students that will close some of the pedagogical gaps that have appeared off and on throughout the duration of the 21st-century classroom environment. These gaps generated from the fact that the curriculum and content in our education have not caught up with one another yet. In other words, education has not caught up with technology advancements.
Making VR Accessible for Students
How does virtual reality work? Generally speaking, virtual reality allows the user to be immersed into a virtual world, unlike regular screens in front of the user which don’t allow such an experience. A virtual reality headset, for example, shows you an image, often with three-dimensional technology, and as soon as move your head, it modifies the image. This is what gives students the feeling of really be present in the virtual world. While advanced VR systems can cost hundreds of dollars, RedHouse has created specialized virtual reality systems for the education market that assist children with the STEM task in this hands-on world.
The Benefits of VR
When teachers show something to their students, they’re usually limited to a video documentary or a series of different images to display on the overhead projector. Although these can be pretty cool, students are still forced to view these images and videos passively. To put it another way, they sit at their desks and only see what the images show them.
Virtual reality, however, offers a more interactive, immersive experience. Rather than sitting at their desks, for example, students are forced to stand up and interact with what’s going on in the virtual world. This means instead of looking at one aspect of an image, they can literally turn their heads and move their eyes around to view all the different angles the image has to offer. Virtual reality also immerses students inside the virtual reality setting, allowing them to forget they’re in a classroom.
The Virtual Reality Society (VRS) comments on VR in the classroom setting, insisting that the benefits of VR encourage active learning, immersive experiences, and memorable learning moments. To some individuals, VR might seem like a toy, but that’s what helps make learning fun. Parents don’t be afraid to encourage your child to consider a career in virtual reality development. After all, preparing them for a virtual reality career will prove to be far more effective than you think.
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