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Using Virtual Reality (VR) to create awareness of global issues, supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity and educational access for all is available for teachers to enhance teaching an

Your Name and Title: Mrs. Karen Walstra

School or Organization Name: Karen Walstra Consulting - EvolveSchool

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: South Africa (Timezone GMT+2; Johannesburg)

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s):  Teachers teaching any age of learners

Short Session Description (one line): Using Virtual Reality (VR) to create awareness of global issues, supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity and educational access for all is available for teachers to enhance teaching and learning

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Using Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom to create awareness of global issues, supporting cultural awareness, recognition of diversity and educational access for all is all available for teachers to do. In this session, we will explore practical ideas of using Virtual Reality (VR) to enhance teaching and learning.

We will investigate “What is VR (Virtual Reality)?” “How is VR different to AR (Augmented reality)? 

Explore of VR apps to use in your classroom informing students of global issues, such as “Climate Change”; or “Beating Ebola in Sierra Leone”. Exposing learners to different cultures from their own and recognition of diversity, by exploring and discussing VR experiences such as “Black & British, a surprising history”; “Civilizations in the Americas”, “Chinese Dynasties”; “Touring the Ulster Museum in Ireland”, “9/11 Memorial & Museum” or “Alice Paul & the Fight for Women’s Equality”

Incorporating Virtual Reality (VR)  into your learning environment would inspire students to engage with content in a discerning, creative and interesting manner. 

The available VR topics are very varied, whether it’s geography-related; such as solar systems or planets; human anatomy, under the sea, careers, historical places or storytelling. 

Examples of how VR could be used in the classroom, which won’t break the bank, such as Google Cardboard is Google’s cheap VR. Google Expeditions is the teaching solution for VR. Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars with your class during the school day. With Expeditions, you as the teacher, you can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. We are going to explore this, VR in your classroom.

The range of VR scenarios available is exciting, creating a truly different and new dimension to learning. We will explore a few of these ideas and discuss how they could be used meaningfully within a learning space. 

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

Use Virtual Reality in Your Classroom

https://www.evolveschool.co.za/single-post/2019/01/21/Use-Virtual-Reality-in-Your-Classroom

Virtual Reality in your lessons

https://www.evolveschool.co.za/single-post/2019/10/23/Virtual-Reality-in-your-lessons

Virtual Tours as a Teaching Tool!

https://www.evolveschool.co.za/single-post/2013/03/20/Virtual-Tours-as-a-Teaching-Tool

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Good Day All,

I look forward to sharing about virtual reality and using it in a classroom to address difficult topics and to have meaningful discussions with our students in class.

Regards

Karen

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