Virtual Reality: Coming to a Classroom Near You

Child with virtual reality and network

Think of the possibilities… You live in a remote area and teach in a school with limited assets, yet after lunch your students are going on a field trip to walk around The Louvre.

A field trip to the Louvre?

It’s possible. Without even leaving your classroom.

An explosion of virtual reality (VR) technology has found it’s way into education. At first only high end and pricey headsets made classroom use seem frivolous. However, Google Cardboard–an inexpensive cardboard viewing device– can provides students with 360 degree virtual reality experiences for less than the price of a school lunch (We actually found them for $1 on E-bay).

How can EdCats get in on the ground floor? Here are some ideas:

  1.  Here is an early demo of Google Cardboard. You will quickly see the potential the inventors had in mind.
  2.  This is more of a nuts and bolts video of how Google Cardboard works and how you put the pieces together for classroom use.
  3. While Google Cardboard is the least expensive, there are other choices. We found the Oculus Rift at Best Buy for about $600. Pricey, but includes headphones, a Microsoft controller, and other gaming accessories. So why would a classroom need such an expensive piece of equipment? Here’s a great demonstration of how students could virtually walk through parts of the human body while wearing an Oculus Rift.

If we have whet your appetite for the potential of using VR technology in your classroom, head over to vr.google.com to see apps, demos, or even order your first classroom set of Google Cardboard.

Let us know if you are an early adopter and how you are using VR in your classroom!