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Why VR for teachers education?

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posted Mar 29, 2019 by Richard

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360° gives the feeling of presence. Fully immersed in the surrounding aspects. For example, a classroom in 90°, you can see what the teacher is doing in details. Or in 180°, you can see what the half of the class are are responding to the teacher's teaching. But in 360°, you not only can see what the teacher is teaching and students are responding to the teacher but also can feel what it is like to be in that particular class.

You can also observe how the class looks like, how it is decorated and what each and every student is doing, which are the main keys to personalize and democratize the traditional education.

In the last image of the class, you can see different aspects of the viewers and positions of the 360° cameras. You can be a teaching assistant right in front of the class, a student sitting right in the middle, an ignored student at the back of the class, or a third person viewer at the corner of the class. Each and every aspect is important for a teacher to experience and fully understand the class situation in order to personalize the classroom.

Even this kind of classroom setting is not fit for the 21st-century learning since all the students are not equally having the sense of closeness to the teacher. Traditionally, most of us assume the fact that students sitting at the back of the class have less interest in the lessons since they are furthest away from the teachers. In 360° VR, we can experience what it is like to be a student at the back of the class. In this way, the teacher can empathize and come up with a better way to deal with that student. Moreover, we can use this method to raise awareness with bullying.

This is not only about teaching methods and pedagogy. The teaching instructions have been there since the beginning of time. Now is the time, as a traditional teacher, to empathize what it is like to be a 21st-century learner, a generation Z learner, getting lost in an outdated centuries old classroom.

answer Apr 1, 2019 by Lita
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