Virtual Reality Meets Education
Being a parent, it has been a pain to make our children focus on their studies with their phones and headsets taking most of their time. As an adult, we ourselves are glued on our gadgets. Professionals also depend on technology to help accomplish a lot of things daily. There is no escaping the transition we are making from the traditional pen and paper to the more sophisticated and faster way of relying on technology.
Since we have all been using a lot of apps and programs for more than a decade (or two), we have proven them effective and very useful. Taking that next step is inevitable – to use technology in helping our young ones achieve more and do more. It is the trend that we cannot stop.
We see our kids with their nonsense every day and we wonder how we can make use of all these gadgets to help them become better and use their time wisely. That is exactly what more knowledgeable people did. Virtual Reality being the coolest program there is today is now being introduced to everyone – especially in educating our children.
If you are wondering how effective education is using VR technology, you’ve never heard of simulations!
Simulations are programs created on scenarios that a user needs to experience virtually where the expected outcome are based on the decisions made by the user. The algorithms in these type of programs are so complex it creates different scenarios with each step the user takes. These simulations are programmed based on proven formulas to create the outcome as if it were in real life.
Simulations are used by student pilots, NASA astronauts, doctors and other highly-qualified individuals in their search for accuracy in their type of work. It will cost them their lives and the rest of the people connected to them during their duties with just one wrong move. Mastering their profession through real-life testing of their abilities is not an option so simulations are used.
This same thing is being applied into the VR world today. Education through virtual reality has been proven effective and very cheap, convenient and accurate. With proven mathematics, simulations are tested over and over and over to get the correct outcome based on how the real world works. It creates a totally different world but is based on the values of our real world.
Virtual Reality makes education fun, easy and cool – and it sure is a hit to youngsters. Young adults who can afford high-end VR gadgets are now enjoying games in VR. Professionals are also now being introduced to this technology for remote meetings and surgeons are now using Mixed Reality to conduct surgeries remotely.
Science have gone a long way and there is still a long road ahead. What has been proven is that airline pilots have graduated and passed using VR simulations. Astronauts have experienced space travel through VR simulations. They have all performed to their full capacity once they have applied what they have learned through simulations. There are so many possibilities with VR education.
VR tech may be the same for everyone but the apps and programs we choose to use and experience differ quite a bit. Just like in VR education, there are numerous educational apps in the market today and more are being developed. Simple games are now being replaced with quests and it is more effective as an educational tool when experienced in VR because it will enhance the user’s cognitive skills.
To learn more how virtual reality helps in education, try to imagine. Imagine all types of recipes you could imagine and choose one to do. Once you’ve cooked, baked or done it, can you re-do it? No!
In virtual reality, you can try all types of methods and redo them over & over again until you figure it out. It helps you realize that there are multiple possibilities in one scenario and it encourages you to think and achieve the best result on the first try! That is how enhancing your cognitive skills is like.
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