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Virtual reality offers real rewards in education. In four Utica Community elementary schools in metro Detroit, students as young as 10 manipulate and pull apart the organs of the body, build roller coasters, and design and test 3D prototypes.

Virtual reality offers real rewards in education

The students wear 3D glasses on their heads; in their hands, they hold specialized styluses to maneuver digital objects projected in space in front of them. The students can twist, turn and take apart the objects—even a virtual human heart. They can experiment, adapt and revise. The roller coaster program, for instance, lets them change the gravitational pull in their virtual world and tweak their designs so the cars and the tracks provide a thrilling, if imaginary, ride. How Virtual Reality Could Change the Way Students Learn. Teachers Explain Why VR is More Than Just a Buzzword. When I wrote about my high hopes for edtech back in August, student-created virtual reality was near the top of my list.

Teachers Explain Why VR is More Than Just a Buzzword

I envisioned students incorporating guided VR into presentations, and creating augmented reality-triggered videos to explain their learning. Since then, VR has taken off in popularity, but there are still plenty of critics who wonder if the hype is worth the investment. To find out, I spoke to educators from across grade levels and content areas who are actually using VR with their students. Based on their experiences, it appears VR has plenty of potential—especially when it comes to engagement. 20 Top Virtual Reality Apps that are Changing Education – The Edvocate. 10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017. Virtual field trips let you take students all over the world to unique experiences they wouldn’t get otherwise.

10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

Here are 10 to check out. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com) Cool Tool. ‘Mixed Reality’ technology from Microsoft is implemented by a special device – HoloLens glasses.

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They are a standalone, battery-powered device lasting up to five hours before requiring a recharge. The HoloLens allows students or teachers to add into real space three-dimensional objects (holograms) that fit the surroundings. Students and teachers can interact with holograms by gestures and voice. The glasses also feature internal speakers near the ears.

Augmented Reality. New York Times Virtual Reality in the Classroom. Tech Tip: Bringing virtual reality to your classroom. One of the biggest trends to come out of ISTE 2016 was more viewers and services for virtual reality in education.

Tech Tip: Bringing virtual reality to your classroom

Here's a look at some my takeaways from the show: Nearpod, a student engagement platform, has added a virtual reality component to its services. It is a paid service, though some schools and districts have received viewers as a bonus for purchasing the program. The service is available for all platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. Nearpod also offers lessons for teachers to purchase.

Make the most of virtual field trips to boost learning. Dive Brief: Virtual field trips have opened the world to schools without the time or money to let their students travel, and Discovery Education’s director of programming and production, Kyle Schutt, recently offered tips to eSchool News on how to make the most of them.

Make the most of virtual field trips to boost learning

Schutt writes teachers should prepare students by connecting the trips to content in the curriculum, and continue connecting them during the trip by pre-submitting questions to panelists or participating in any backchannel conversations on Twitter tied to the trip. Teachers can also model good learning for students by documenting aspects of the trip, reflect on connections to other content while the trip is happening and share the experience with parents, administrators and community members after it’s over. Dive Insight: Schutt suggests virtual field trips to the White House, Mt. Many teachers are exploring global connections for their students outside of virtual field trips. Recommended Reading. Virtual Reality Classrooms Another Way Chinese Kids Gain an Edge. Deep within a building shaped like the Starship Enterprise, a little-known Chinese company is working on the future of education.

Virtual Reality Classrooms Another Way Chinese Kids Gain an Edge

Vast banks of servers record children at work and play, tracking touchscreen swipes, shrugs and head swivels - amassing a database that will be used to build intimate profiles of millions of kids. How augmented reality enhances the classroom. Several years ago, I made one of those foolish Dad choices.

How augmented reality enhances the classroom

Despite my wife’s better judgement, I let my six- and seven-year-old sons watch Men in Black. What I thought would be a cool evening of fighting aliens turned into one of those nights ending with two kids afraid of going to sleep under a wife’s “I told you so” glare. Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms. There’s plenty of excitement surrounding virtual reality’s applications in education.

Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms

Teachers and administrators attending the ISTE 2016 Conference and Expo, for instance, flocked to the Samsung Gear VR and Google Expeditions displays to try their hand at the companies’ respective VR teaching tools. Despite the interest, VR hasn’t yet found a home in most schools. According to statistics cited in a recent Samsung infographic, only 2 percent of teachers use VR content in their classrooms. The data comes from a 2016 survey of more than 1,000 K–12 teachers. Survey results also indicate that educators would like to use VR to complement coursework in a variety of subjects, particularly science, history and social studies. View.exacttarget. Greetings Tourism Industry Partners, TourismOhio is activating an exciting marketing effort this summer to take advantage of new technology and put Ohio tourism in front of national audiences traveling to our state!

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Zipping through tree tops, plunging down roller coaster hills, soaring over Lake Erie and reveling in Ohio's urban cultural offerings are just a few of the experiences visitors can enjoy as TourismOhio launches a 360°Virtual Reality Experience this summer at the NAACP National Convention in Cincinnati and the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland. Ohio will be one of the first states to harness innovative, immersive, virtual reality technology. The virtual reality program is a natural tie to TourismOhio's new branding, Ohio. Find It Here., and further demonstrates the breadth of tourism activities available within the state and the emotions they evoke from travelers. Please help us spread the word! Google said to be prepping new VR headset. Google has virtual reality ambitions that stretch beyond cardboard.

The web giant is planning to release a new VR headset later this year, according to a report Sunday by the Financial Times. A successor to the Cardboard VR viewer the company released in 2014, the new smartphone-based headset will sport improved sensors and lenses housed in a solid plastic casing, according to the report. The move would further buttress the growing interest tech companies have shown in VR, which promises to transport goggle-wearing users to other 3D worlds.

Facebook is on the verge of releasing its long-awaited Oculus Rift headset, while Sony, Samsung and HTC are also heavily invested in the technology. Microsoft's HoloLens, meanwhile, is aimed at augmented reality, which adds 3D computer-generated scenes to people's view of the real world. Introducing Oculus Medium. Getting Started With VR: Which Headset Should You Get?

Virtual Reality is, for many of us, a childhood dream that is finally coming to fruition. An entirely new medium that has the potential to envelop your senses and transport you to new experiences has opened up and Makers are leading the way in many areas. We’ve come a very long way since the clunky headsets of the 90s, like the Virtuality V2000 pictured above. The new age of VR isn’t just for video games. Fantastic Contraption VR: The Best Educational Video Game Since Oregon Trail. Posted on Thursday, March 17 @ 09:55:00 PST by blake_peterson At the Oculus Rift launch preview event, but in a completely different world, I stood on a green platform floating in space, next to what appeared to be a spacesuit helmet, and a green-glass cat nearby with balloons sticking out of it and formed in the shape of a wooden beam and a broad wheel. I knew, from previous levels, that attaching a beam to the wheel would make it roll forward perpetually, and I could grab as many balloons as I wanted; the cat would always have more.

In Fantastic Contraption, the point is to solve physics-based problems in virtual reality, and it's one of the best teaching tools in understanding physics... while also being downright fun. My goal was to get a pink balloon across a gap between platforms, into a pink box area on the next, lower platform. Getting Real? Google Cardboard And Virtual Reality In Education. While we may not have flying cars, hover boards that really hover (and don’t catch fire), or teleporters just yet, the past year has seen the launch of at least one future-age technology we’ve awaited for decades: virtual reality.

You’ve probably heard about Oculus Rift and other similar “prosumer” level devices, or professional-quality devices made for the average consumer that are rapidly making their way to production. However, it seems that a much more primitive technology has eclipsed the mass market: simple pieces of cardboard. Believe it or not, that’s great news for educators. It’s Going to Be a Virtual Reality World at TED. 10 applications pour Google Cardboard. The Google Cardboard virtual reality headset and app platform has been out for a while now. 9 Amazing Augmented Reality Apps for Teaching and Learning.

How Do You Tell a Story in Virtual Reality? Samsung and Facebook's Oculus sets launch for Gear VR headset in November for $99. HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Virtual reality is about to become very real. Virtual Reality Is a Bubble — No, Not That Type of Bubble. The stuff that makes virtual reality video games different from other types of games must be protected at all costs. That’s the word from Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell, a longtime VR game designer and academic who spoke today at Facebook’s virtual reality developer conference, Oculus Connect. He stressed that game makers will have to give up a lot of the techniques to which they’ve become accustomed.