Source: The Learning Counsel

Two educators share how immersive 3D models have helped them expand students’ horizons

Ever since virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) introduced to education as the latest in digital curriculum tools, their visual appeal has been clear, but the big question has always been, “Do they improve teaching and learning?” According to a couple of different sources, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” For example, in a survey conducted by Samsung, 85% of teachers agreed that VR will have a positive effect on students and 68% of teachers said they want to use VR to supplement course curriculum to help students better understand course concepts.

Read more about the experience of the educators on the the Learning Counsel

According to a Samsung survey, science (82 percent), social studies (81 percent) and history (81 percent) are the top three subjects teachers think can most benefit from virtual reality. Also, the majority of teachers believe they could use virtual reality in variety of ways:

  • More than two-thirds (68 percent) of teachers say they want to use virtual reality to supplement course curriculum to help students better understand course concepts, like watching a book’s video trailer for a literature lesson or viewing a chemical reaction for a science lesson.
  • 7 out of 10 teachers (72 percent) want to simulate experiences relevant to course content, like flying as the Wright Brothers did in 1903 or trading stocks on the floor of a stock exchange.
  • 69 percent say they would use virtual reality to travel to distant world landmarks, like Stonehenge or Machu Picchu.
  • 68 percent want to use virtual reality to explore otherwise inaccessible locations, like outer space or the interior of a volcano.
  • 42 percent of high school teachers (grades 9-12) would like to use virtual reality to tour college campuses to encourage students to pursue higher education.

Read more about the Samsung Survey on Businesswire

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