Virtual Reality Experiences in Gr.1
“There’s no replacement for an actual field trip…But virtual reality does provide an opportunity for a new level of immersion to a place they’ve never been—or like colonial America, a place they’d otherwise be unable to go.” is a fair statement about the benefit of Virtual Reality in Education. (Found in Edutopia’s recent article “Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?“)
Gr.1 students are recently inquiring about the human body, and learning about the important organs and their functions. They were very excited to have an opportunity to use the Virtual Reality goggles and iPod Touches to watch a video about how their bodies work.
To watch the video, click WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE YOUR BODY? || 360 VR
The video took the students on a ‘field trip’ to the inside of a human body. It started from the nose to the mouth and then down to the lungs, the heart, and the brain. Throughout the virtual trip inside the body, students learned about how the different organs function and work with real life situations. This immersive field trip has given the students a unique experience that they could not get from reading a book. Many of them shared after the video what they have learned. One student shared, “I learned that people living in the city have more nose hair than people living in the countryside because nose hair help them to block the dirt in the city.” Another student realised, “that when you talk and eat at the same time, you will choke because a piece of food can be left in your throat and blocking your airflow. Then you will need to cough and the piece of food will come out.” They were very excited to share what they have seen and heard in the video. Many students asked to view more videos in this format.
For teachers, we have learned a few teaching tips when using VR in your primary classes:
- Search on Youtube for “Educational VR videos” to get more successful results.
- Fully charge the iPods before classes and have a couple of extra iPods on hand in case the battery is getting low.
- For safety, ask students to sit on a carpet or sit on chairs. They do not need to walk around.
- Ask students to wave their hands when they need any help while viewing the VR videos