Virtual reality has played a major role in the field of gaming. Many companies launched products such as oculus rift, HTC vibe, Samsung gear, etc. Many games are also supporting VR recently and developers are working on it.
Are multimedia and gaming the only platform where VR is used?
Not at all, VR is also used in many fields such as 3D modeling, designing, and VR in education (virtual classroom).
Let’s discuss the top 10 real-world applications of VR in education and how it can be better from traditional classes or digital classrooms in the future.
Applications of virtual reality | VR in education
1. Visualizing micro-objects (atoms, molecules, etc.)
I know how hard it is to visualize concepts like the movement of electrons, molecules, cells, etc in their science classes.
By using virtual reality simulation, students can experience and witness the behaviour of atoms, molecules, working of chemical reactions, and many more concepts visually. This creates a huge impact on learning and understanding the concepts.
2. Virtual field trips
As important as studies, field trips and tours are also equally essential for the overall development of kids. It makes them happy and also enhances their learning and exploring skills in new places. According to the research, students or any person of that sort tends to learn and gain more knowledge by exploring new places.
There are many schools that drive students for a field trip, but concerns by parents regarding safety object them to do that.
Whereas now, using VR headsets many schools have begun using virtual space for the field trips. Applications like Google Expeditions helps students to teleport virtually to different locations such as space, underwater, oceans, and more.
Schools can invest on some low cost VR and provide it to students in class.
3. Expanding imagination beyond reality
We have learned the working of gravity, earth rotation, planets rotation in the solar system, and many more lessons that are taught to us and we are told to just see the image and imagine it’s nature. But imagination and witnessing with our own eyes are completely different.
Now, with the help of VR, you can simulate many natural occurrences and workings, phenomena, etc. and learn those visually with an immersive experience. It also gives the student a distraction-free environment and makes them think “out of the box“.
4. Immersive experience and better engagement in boring topics
One of the major reasons why students feel drowsy in class is, because of the boring lecture on some complicated topics. The complex topics are difficult to explain and also students feel it to be hard, hence they hate the topic. But what would happen if they can experience that topic in real life, it would be much interesting.
Consider an example that you are listening to a lecture on some king and that ancient era in history class, on the other hand, you wear a VR headset and notice the events with your own eyes. Which one would be most interesting? Definitely the second one. This is the reason why VR in education can make a better engagement in studies.
5. Virtual meetings and collaboration
Virtual meetings have become more of a trend today. Many institutes conduct meetings, training sessions to improve their organization and keeping their members updated. The main advantage of virtual meetings compared to a traditional meeting is that it can be held from anywhere and members can even be a part of it even if they are far away.
Still, many are unfamiliar with these powerful ways of conducting meetings efficiently. Every school, institute, and organization should start using these VR applications that are used for conducting meetings. Teachers can conduct classes and session which can then be accessed by students from home. Many stage speakers or creators can take rehearsal using VR by simulating the audience in front of them.
6. GBL- Game-based learning
One of my favorite section in VR is gaming, but did you know there are many games which are not only for fun but can improve your knowledge. These are some virtual reality apps for mobile that will not only entertainment the kids but also make them learn.
7. Mathematical solutions using real-life examples
Most of the students feel like mathematics is of no use for them and it doesn’t have any practical applications in the future. But, when we go into higher studies, we understand that maths is all about solving real-world problems, whereas most of them don’t focus on that and feels it to be tough and frustrating. This is because of the lack of basic concepts in mathematics during their primary education.
This gap can be filled using VR by representing virtual elements and solve the problem using simulation. Geometry and vectors can be explained by visualizing 3D objects and diagrams.
8. Real-world projects and designing
Students can create their assignments now in a creative manner. There are many applications that can help you design unique projects and designs using VR. Check out Blocks and tilt brush, Google’s VR tools which can help you express your ideas into reality.
Tilt brush – Creating a 3D immersive painting that can be further viewed using VR.
Blocks– Simple tool to design a 3D model with ease.
9. Learning from a remote area – Distance learning
Recently, online classes and digital courses are used often by instructors as well as students to conduct conferences. This can help in doubt clearance sessions and also meeting. Although it is interactive, students don’t feel it more engaging and take it for granted. Hence, to improve their studies many VR courses are launched that can create a better interaction by conducting virtual classes. Teachers can conduct virtual classes including all the class students in a virtual space.
Just imagine, how would it feel sitting at home, wearing a VR headset, and diving into a virtual classroom.
10. Skill development simulations
Skills are the most important factors that you need in real life along with education. And this is the only factor where most of the people fail, so to improve their skills either personal or communication, video tutorials are been provided. But if you consider applying it in your real life, you should try it by yourself with different categories of people. Here VR can play a major role in simulating real-life humans for experiencing conversations.
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