Is the future of education VR?
Our expert's opinion
"IT is woven into our daily lives and has become more and more important in education. Now that augmented and virtual reality is upcoming, experts are taking a look at the impacts of this on education. Educating children with augmented or virtual reality can make a difference in a way that it can engage children during classes, as well as make them experience "real-life" trips, situations and journeys through VR/AR. Do you think this can be an added asset for generation Z?"
- Yara Snikkers, Associate Consultant
Can virtual reality revolutionize education?
(CNN) - Imagine walking along the rim of an active volcano or seeing ancient Roman ruins come to life before your eyes.
These days, you don't necessarily have to imagine. A wave of new edtech companies are using virtual reality to bring vivid experiences like these to the classroom, with advocates highlighting the technology's ability to inspire and grab the attention of young minds.
"Kids love to engage with [VR] lessons," said Guido Kovalskys, chief executive and co-founder of US-based edtech company Nearpod. "One minute, they are learning about Roman history, and the next, they are transported to ancient Rome and are exploring the Colosseum."
According to Nearpod's figures, more than 6 million students in the US and beyond have experienced its VR-based lessons, such as virtual field trips, after it began offering the service two years ago. "We see a direct correlation between VR usage and increased engagement by students," Kovalskys said. "Added engagement boosts learning outcomes."
But with access to content still somewhat limited, just how widespread could the technology become, and could it reshape how lessons are taught?