It is without doubt that the benefits of virtual reality in education are and will be enormous. A new era dawns, where virtual reality enters the schools and universities, the colleges and institutions in order to provide its users, both students and teachers, with the means to accomplish and unravel a greater future.
The dawn of a new age that is based on loads of information accumulated within days instead of months, with the help of VR headsets and technology. The dawn of a new age where children will never again become bored with the same old math lesson, but will instead interact with problems and numbers like it’s a game, entertaining and fun. And this is only the beginning.
Why Is VR Education so Important
Why VR education is so amazing? Well, there is in fact a number of reasons. First of all, it provides the user with numerous outstanding visualizations that are just impossible to compare with mundane and traditional teaching in a classroom. At the same time, VR attracts the attention of the wearer much more than a conventional blackboard or book, since it is so immersive and close to real life.
Imagine reading about the Pharaoh tombs of Egypt. Now imagine visiting them. Which of two ways will give you a clearer and more consistent picture of what these tombs are, their purpose and rich history? Of course the latter. And visiting the tombs, or any other place on Earth or even outer space, is now possible with the use of VR technology.
More Remarkable Benefits
Not only does virtual reality provide users with incomparable visualizations while at the same time creating unparalleled interest, but it also makes the student much more engaged in the subject she/he is attending. With so much interactive material to choose from, with the possibility to solve mathematical equations with the use of 3D platforms or travel to Mars and be able to gather information about its surface, the lesson suddenly comes to life.
And all this without even once feeling as if you are doing some sort of chore. The simulation is so realistic and interesting that boredom is basically deleted from the pupils’ vocabulary, leaving free space for the true joy of learning. Let us not forget the fact that VR drastically improves studying fields like medicine, where students can interact better and in a broader way with their subject, not to mention safer.
And there is of course, language. With interactive VR there is no need to learn a foreign language in order to study abroad, since you can run your courses in every language there is. Extraordinary isn’t it?
Safety Comes First
Exactly. Practicing medicine, or learning how to fly a Boeing 737 has never been easier… and safer. Since VR headsets offer a controlled area where the user can learn everything there is to know without putting her/his or other people’s lives in danger.
There is truly little to no risk in terms of engagement into activities in VR. But the most fascinating part is that the simulated scenarios you encounter couldn’t be closer to real life. Not to mention that if you own a virtual reality headset you can save a tremendous amount of money otherwise spent on plane tickets, hotels, dorms, university fees etc.
The Other Side of the Coin
Whenever there is a good side to things, there must be something bad hidden behind the lines of “excellent” and “perfect”. It is true that virtual reality comes with a number of negative aspects that give rise to debates on whether VR brings only good with it.
I you think about it for a while, you will come to realize that when wearing that headset, you become completely detached from your surroundings, getting lost within the virtual world. This for sure somehow deteriorates the connections we, as human beings develop with other people.
Another important thing you have to take into consideration is that education is not something stiff. It vibrates, it is alive and interactive. What happens when you want to ask a question that isn’t in the software’s database? AI might drastically improve this particular field of action, but we are still a bit far away from it to happen.
Getting addicted to the virtual world is a fact that must not be taken lightly, too. The quality and content of a simulation can easily make a student wish to spend more hours in the virtual instead of the real world. A balance must be present within every aspect of our lives in order for us to be able to fully reap the benefits of virtual reality, among everything else.
Virtual reality in schools can certainly be of huge benefit to both students and teachers. The impact on our society is definitely going to be positive.
With only minor “bug” fixes to the whole idea and practical aspects of this technology, it can prove to be extremely helpful to future generations, and the society of today, starting now.
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