Virtual Reality (VR) technology can be developed for many different industry applications. The military, research labs and even NASA have been using VR as a training tool for years; and now that this technology has become available for average consumers, it has opened up a new opportunity for modern education. Simulation is a great way to learn how to deal with a variety of situations, and visualize concepts otherwise hard to explain. And now we can take this immersion to the next level with VR.
We aren’t the only ones who think this either. Google launched their “Pioneer Expeditions” program in September 2015, allowing schools around the world to sign up and receive a VR pack for their class. The pack contains everything needed for a virtual trip: smartphones, Google Cardboard viewers, teachers’ tablet, and access to a library of virtual sites. Teachers are able to ‘take’ their students to places they have never been, using the 360-degree VR videos included. Students are able to experience new things, and teachers are able to see the world-wide education opportunities available. It won’t be long before a class in America can have a virtual trip with a class from Australia.
We understand the potential, and have been working hard to create programs that educate as well as stimulate students. We want to get students actively involved in their own education. We have created a medical app, ERVR, in conjunction with Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Medical students are able to benefit from the app, where their knowledge is put to the test when dealing with a road incident victim. Our Apollo 11 VR experience immerses students young and old in this historic event, where they can live the journey from start to finish. With our Engage platform, students are able to attend lectures, interact with other students, and can visit Mars.
Image: Apollo 11 VR experience.
It’s only the beginning, and with so many people seeing the benefits of VR education the industry is only going to grow.