Past few years reality technologies was a science fiction concept for most of us. When Oculus launched their VR headset, it showed us that almost everything is possible. Decades ago, it used to take a lot of time for communication as the internet speed was slow and the mobile technology was not as advanced as the present generation but now these handheld devices have become home for entertainment. Due to increased demand for the quality of entertainment, virtual reality technology was introduced. It takes users to a whole new world of reality.
In 2014, this became a 90 million dollar industry, it is expected to grow to a 5.2 billion dollar market by 2018. According to statistics, it is expected that 170 million people will be using some kind of virtual technology by the end of 2018. These virtual reality technologies could help us in our day-to-day activities considering these facts. As this technology is accepted all over the world and open horizons towards showing reality, it could be applied to any type of domain of activity. In the field of education, this technology has created different waves of a learning experience for the students.
As the younger generations are raised in a new digital era where the technological advancements have replaced the traditional learning ways from books to video lectures on mobile phones or computers. Students are already in love with these technical methods of teaching. Hence, the virtual reality technology can open a new world of educating younger generations.
Here we will look at few of the advantages of adopting virtual reality technologies in the classroom.
Some of the Advantages of Using Virtual Reality (VR) Technologies in Classroom:
- Visualizations that are not possible to show in Classrooms.
These virtual technologies help us to alternate our experiences and explore different types of realities. Students need to wear the Virtual Reality headset and can have high-quality content in front of their eyes. For example, if a complex topic like human brain is taught, then students would be able to visualize and remember for a longer time if they see live 3D examples rather than a diagram on the blackboard.
The traditional blackboard teaching methods are not as effective when compared to giving real-life examples.
- Creating Interest Among Students
Students always love watching a movie rather than reading a related storyline as it helps to understand better and also saves a lot of time. The virtual (VR) and augmented reality(AR) technologies can create experiences that could not be lived in real-life. This technology will make the students feel more motivated to learn their subjects.
- Increased Engagement of the Students
These days teachers feel really difficult to build a productive engagement with students. If you ask a student the story of a movie which he had seen 1-2 years back, he would be able to tell a gist of the storyline, this is because a video keeps his interest alive. Therefore, through these reality technologies, a student is getting to understand his subjects in an entertaining way rather than the usual way.
- Improves The Quality Of Education In Different Fields.
Take medicine for example, in 2016, innovative doctors started taking advantage of the VR technology in order to explore new aspects of medicine and teach others better. The content can be optimized according to the needs of the students. Hence, they can understand complex topics like cell structures, DNA etc. using 3D models which are shown in these reality technologies. Virtual reality can often help in finding mistakes in content and provide editing features.
- Language Barrier is Removed
The language barrier is often a big problem when it comes to education. If you want to study in a different country, you must understand and speak the language. With virtual reality, every possible language can be implemented within the software. Therefore, languages will no longer be a barrier for a student’s education plan.
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