Students, teachers and the general public have an increasing number of digital resources at their fingertips. These kinds of resources are moving forwards and growing at a dizzying pace and, due to the sheer number available, we find it difficult to assimilate and manage so much information.
We must be extremely critical as regards the educational purpose of these resources and very careful and skilful with how they are used in the classroom and students’ daily lives.
What happens when we read an adventure book? We recreate an image through the writer’s texts and magic, and we are gradually drawn into the adventure and the story.
But now …
Virtual reality offers a much more powerful sensory experience. We can almost feel what we are seeing.
Your children belong to a generation of digital natives that use applications to learn in a quick, simple, in-depth and motivating way. At centres from the Best Schools in Spain network, we use this technology in combination with all other resources to improve learning. On occasions, we use virtual reality glasses to give students an immersive experience that they would not be able to enjoy otherwise: travelling to Egypt to see the pyramids, looking inside the human body and travelling through the blood system, going back in time to different periods of history, recreating events in the lives of important figures, etc.
These are just some of the benefits that this technology can offer students in the learning process. Immersive education revolutionises students’ learning experience as it allows them to interact in real, virtual, augmented or combined environments through extended reality.
When we talk about virtual reality, we tend to think of 3D glasses or a virtual environment, but immersive education enjoys an even wider field of resources. In addition to virtual environments, applications and 3D glasses, our schools also use videogames as a resource to motivate students.
In order to manage children’s and teenagers’ talent, we need spaces and tools that allow them to interact and coexist with technologies, thus ensuring that their learning is efficient and focused on their interests.
That’s why centres from the Best Schools in Spain network have created these kinds of spaces in the form of future labs, which are equipped with 3D printers, cutting-edge technology and a whole host of robotics to facilitate learning.
But it doesn’t end there, as the study plans and contents developed with this technology must also be innovative.
That’s why teachers at our schools are committed to updating and redefining education, to constantly learning about and researching new educational technologies.
Below we share 6 resources or applications that we use to work with virtual reality:
This application helps students understand abstract mathematical concepts in a 3D space in a visual, creative and intuitive manner.
Looking around historic sites has never been easier than with this application. In the words of Valtierra, “there are reconstructions of sites from many ages — such as the Delphos Sanctuary or the Acropolis of Athens from Classical Greece — that we can visit, and we can even see the locals working, walking around the city or speaking to us in Greek,” and Sites in VR is one clear example of this.
This application allows us to move through the human body and see it from different perspectives. It also provides detailed information about each body part: names, characteristics, functions, etc.
This game allows children to practice basic English language contents and pronunciation.
This virtual laboratory is designed to help students learn about science, particularly chemistry, in a fun and easy way. They’ll discover and understand many concepts from the structure of an atom to the main elements of the periodic table, and will be able to look inside molecules, substances and gases.
Literary escape rooms
The internet is also full of resources to make studying literature fun and simple. Reading requires patience and resolve, and making this an enjoyable activity for students in the classroom is more difficult than at first sight. Escape rooms have become one of the most popular gamification techniques as not only do they allow participants to simultaneously consolidate a wide range of knowledge, but also encourage teamwork and motivate students.
At this link, you will find a list of literary escape rooms for both bookworms and those who detest reading.