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Virtual reality comes to school

Virtual Reality is the latest ed-tech tool, writes Charles Sahm, director of education policy at the Manhattan Institute. Will it help kids learn?

One of XQ‘s $10 million “Super Schools” grants will go to a new District of Columbia charter school, Washington Leadership Academy, which plans to use virtual reality to engage students.

 Co-founder Seth Andrew, who also started the civics-focused Democracy Prep network, “talks about the evolution of a student reading about France in a textbook, to watching a YouTube video about the France, to, via virtual reality, being able to walk the streets of Paris,” writes Sahm.

The school will use part of the XQ money to hire developers to build a virtual-reality chemistry lab. Andrews believes the lab, which will let students “walk through molecules to see their structure” and “conduct virtual experiments” will be more valuable than a traditional lab — and ultimately less expensive.

A number of  virtual-reality apps are in the works, write Sahm. For example, Google Expeditions offers “360-degree virtual field trips to zoos, museums or even places it would be impossible to visit like Ancient Greece or Mars.”

Remember the We Were There series of history books?



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