After the hype from the creation of Oculus Rift (now owned by Facebook), the world began to wonder if the big future tech was going to be virtual reality, especially after seeing Microsoft’s demos for its HoloLens. Trying to use this literally life altering technology for even greater applications is now becoming a possibility with education.
Enhancing the ways of learning for children has been a focal point for certain subjects such as biology, anatomy and architecture. Multiple VR start-ups are going to allow 3-D interactive learning not only possible, but affordable. Projections by Citi Bank’s Kota Ezawa state that this is the year for the virtual reality market to boom; the technology is getting cheaper ($20-99 per headset). Education is already starting to shift to incorporate new technology into the classroom with the use of iPads and Chromebooks, and VR is the next step.
Virtual reality is going to bring an immersive education to students not only on a local level, but also has the capability to explore the world more visually. What would you want to see first with virtual reality? Paris? The Mayan ruins? Be ready for children to have a whole new way to experience reality.