Have you ever been to Beijing, New York, Athens or Rome at the same day? Have you ever travelled to the outer space or into the deepest oceanic rift? If the answer is no, then you probably haven’t experienced Virtual Reality yet. Despite its wide impact in both entertainment and training fields, education has still been trying to find ways to embrace VR into classes. Eventually the question arises: How can VR benefit students and what is its wider impact on Education?
Today's world has never become so connected in the past. The increased number of video conferencing solutions clarify this ongoing demand for connection since It allows users to see and listen each other but undoubtedly there is lack of interaction between them.
A new technology is about to break this barrier. This brand new shiny gem of the technological breakthroughs is Holoportation, which is the next big thing for many industries and fields.
If you make a tour at pages about education and education technology you will find out that in 2019 Virtual Reality remains one of its biggest trends. Of course most of the applications currently available are about foreign language learning.
I recently came across a new application that aims to enhance their learning through a virtual discussion process between the student - user and the VR system. This application is ImmerseMe, which as its name suggests expects to immerse the student into a virtual world by simulating everyday conversations in foreign languages. . The question is, can it stand out from the rest of VR applications?
Virtual reality has attracted the interest of the research community due to the endless possibilities itoffers in the educational arena. Although a wide range of applications already exists, further researchis required to establish effective practices for a fruitful classroom implementation. This quantitative research of a sample of 37 primary school students explores the educational affordances and students’perceptions of virtual reality systems as supportive tools for teaching English as a foreign language.
Panolingo is a relatively new application that stands out from the plethora of Virtual Reality tools for learning foreign languages that are available nowadays. The main reason for that is the excellent quality of the graphic depictions in the application. High-quality 360 ° panoramas are able to offer the user the viewing of environments in a natural way therefore enhancing the immersion of use, while limiting possible feelings of nausea due to the use of the medium.
If you tell me I'll listen if you show me I'll see but if you let me experience I will learn.
Mondly VR is a new application by Mondly, which uses virtual reality to help students expand their language learning skills. What makes Mondly VR stand out is its language recognition ability. Users can take part in conversations with virtual characters in a variety of different real life scenarios. Those scenarios include talking to a taxi driver, a hotel hostess, a waitress in a restaurant a stranger at the train station and a few other interesting choices.
Undoubtedly, virtual reality has been one of the most discussed topics between educators since the past year. Multiple applications try to exploit its characteristics in order to enhance students’ learning process.
Virtual Speech (Language VR) is an application which through scenarios and a wide range of language situations, aims to use the virtual reality to teach foreign languages. Besides English the user can choose between the following languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Chinese. Russian, Japanese, Italian and Korean are soon to be released.
Welcome to the magical world of Virtual Reality through Google's Expedition
Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. It gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of amazing environments and areas that they may never have the chance to visit in person. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum, and more without leaving the classroom. There are over 500 Expeditions trips available at the moment. Everything from the Great Wall of China, to the Buckingham Palace, and even the outer space are available as destinations for your students. Each Expedition is a 360-degree experience that allows students travel to an amazing place while being guided by a teacher.
Νearpod is an extremely powerful presentation tool. It allows teachers to create digital lesson plans, share it with students during class, and track individual progress. Lessons are comprised of teacher-created slides that can include text, video, images, websites, questions, quizzes, polls, and assignments.